Give the Poor a Better Future and Show Them Christ’s Love
Each of the items in this category is truly a gift of compassion. Some gifts generate income for years to come, while others meet immediate practical needs and could save lives. In addition, recipients have a chance to experience the redemptive love of Jesus—the best gift they could ever receive.
All Gifts for the Poor
Widows and Abandoned Children Fund
In many areas of Asia, widows are an invisible part of society. They are commonly ignored, rejected and believed to be cursed and the cause of their husbands’ deaths. Their own upbringing leads them to believe those same things about themselves. Even women who have been abandoned by their husbands face the same sudden crisis as that of widows.
Millions of children in Asia also must fend for themselves either as orphans, runaways or sons and daughters abandoned by their parents. Alone and unprotected, widows and abandoned children face immense practical and emotional hardships. But the Body of Christ can offer support and hope. GFA’s Widows and Abandoned Children Fund provides food, shelter, income-generating gifts, dignity and God’s compassion to women and children in need.
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ ” —Matthew 25:40
Vocational Training Class
Vocational training courses train people for occupations such as tailoring or candle making. The classes help people get better jobs so they can break out of the cycle of poverty and provide better lives for their families.
Tool kits include items such as axes, shovels, saws, plows, sickles and crowbars. Having the right tools increases a farmer’s productivity so fields can yield more. This increases the farmer’s income and ability to provide food, clothing, shelter and a better life for their family.
“When I see the condition of [these] people, their poverty, . . . it hurts me. It pains me to see them suffering. I wish I could bring changes in their lives.” —Kanak, a GFA pastor
Roofs made of thatch are a common sight across Asia, but they don’t offer good protection from annual monsoon rains, which means families must spend precious resources repairing or replacing their possessions. These lightweight, sturdy tin roofs give needy families a safe, dry place to call home.
“We could see God’s love and God’s grace and mercy in our life through this Christmas gift. Because of this Christmas gift, my trust and faith in the Lord now is deeper.” —Aasia, whose husband received tin sheets to fix their badly leaking roof
These functional vehicles can mean the world to the needy families who receive them. Instead paying a high price to rent a rickshaw, rickshaw drivers can take home all their earnings to care for their families and send their children to school.
“After getting the rickshaw, it is easier for me to earn money. ... I can easily maintain my family, and we do not worry about what to eat in the morning and in the evening.” — Prabhal, a father of two
Pull carts enable families to carry their wares wherever potential customers gather. Pull cart recipients are able to grow their existing businesses or even start new ones!
“With the pull cart, I can travel around and sell onions and potatoes. Wherever I find a suitable place, I stand and sell. My earnings have also increased.” —Bhrithi, a 38-year-old widow who was tearful and speechless when she received her pull cart
Malaria is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquito nets save lives and offer a restful night’s sleep, free from the sting of disease-laden mosquitoes.
“We are five members in our home. We have one net, which is not enough for all of us, and also we sleep on the mud floor. The whole night I have to shoo off mosquitoes with clothes to save my little children from mosquito bites. But I am extremely happy to receive a mosquito net today.” —Kalani, a mother whose family is now protected from mosquitoes at night
Thousands of people in Asia rely on fishing to feed their families. The people who receive these fishing nets can cast them upon the waters every day and sell the fish they catch in local markets.
Women's Literacy Fund
When women learn to read, they can avoid harmful labor contracts, understand warning labels and avoid being cheated at the marketplace. GFA supports literacy classes that teach women how to read and write. After they graduate from these classes, women are also able to read God’s Word and can grow in their relationship with Him. The gift of literacy enables women to protect themselves and keep their families healthy while also equipping them to draw closer to God.
Gifts toward medical ministry provide free medical care and health education for people who are suffering and dying from treatable ailments. GFA workers organize medical camps in villages or Bridge of Hope centers and invite teams of nurses, doctors and other health care professionals to provide free medical care. One medical camp may serve 200 to 1,000 people. Helping provide medical care for a family of five in Asia costs just $5.
Through medical ministry, families that lack access to medication or have never been taught basic hygiene can receive life-saving treatment and health education, all in the name of the Great Physician: Jesus Christ.
Most families in Asia have little or no insulation or indoor heating. Those who sleep on the streets are even more exposed to the cold. Blankets provide comfort and protection and serve as tangible expressions of Christ’s love.
“This is one of my most favorite things to do this time of the year! I can hardly wait to get to heaven to hear the stories of how clean water saved lives or a pair of chickens sustained a family or how a blanket kept someone warm for the winter.” —Denise, a donor from Iowa
Jesus Wells provide fresh water year-round, protecting communities from waterborne illnesses and sparing women and children from spending hours fetching water. Obtaining clean water is also vital for practicing safe hygiene and for supporting healthy immune systems, both of which prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19.
Pastors serving near Jesus Wells are able to share about the Living Water mentioned on the well’s plaque. Providing safe water—either by drilling a new well or maintaining existing wells—is a practical way to show communities how much God and His children care for all people!
“I believe that God will do a miracle, that through this Jesus Well many people will come and glorify His name.” —Jeevan, a GFA pastor whose community received a Jesus Well
Sewing machines mend broken lives. Men and women who lack education are hindered in their ability to provide for their families, but with a sewing machine, they can earn a stable income by sewing clothes. The gift of a sewing machine can remove the hopelessness and poverty hanging over many families, and through this timely help, recipients can realize God’s care for them.
“I was really longing for a machine. ... I have no words to express my feelings and thanks to the church. ... This gift not only helps me to earn a daily income, but also it brought us close to the Living God.” —Romila, a sewing machine recipient and sister in Christ
BioSand Water Filter
Many people in Asia do not have clean water and as a result battle waterborne illnesses—or even succumb to death. Made with simple materials, BioSand water filters remove 98 percent of biological impurities, providing safe water for drinking and cooking for a family and often for the neighbors too! The clean water will improve health and hygiene and will give peace of mind—all of which are expressions of Christ’s care.
“Now, no more struggle! Having a BioSand water filter was beyond our imagination.” —Erina, mother of three from Asia
Millions in Asia have no choice but to go to the bathroom out in the open, which poses many risks, especially for women and girls who venture into open fields under the cover of darkness. Private outdoor toilets spare families from disease found at communal waste grounds and protects the dignity of men and women.
“It is a commandment from the Bible to love the poor and the needy. So, whatever we do today, by helping the poor and the needy, we are actually fulfilling God’s commandment.” —Gunalan, a GFA pastor
Compassion Services meets the needs of people in dire situations through four areas of ministry: slum ministry, leprosy ministry, medical ministry and disaster relief. Each area of ministry provides practical, relevant help during times of crisis, such as when poverty becomes life-threatening or after natural disasters. During the coronavirus pandemic, GFA workers provided face masks, soap, groceries and cooked meals to thousands of people impacted by lockdowns. In times of severe need, long-term Compassion Services work must be established in an area. Through these ministries, GFA workers are revealing God's compassion to the people of Asia.
Order up to 10 free In Honour cards during your donation checkout process. We will mail them to you, and you can give them to your loved ones. Click the images below to view the cards available for order. U.S. and Canada only.
Select from the following designs. One is for children and the other for adults. Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery. Cards ordered after Dec. 15 will not arrive before Christmas
If you’re giving a gift in honour of a friend or loved one, bless them with a GFA Christmas card. After checkout, you may personalize a card for each item and print out on your printer. Then you can hand deliver or send them to your loved ones.
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*Note: To be eligible for 2021’s tax deduction, mailed donations must be postmarked by December 31.
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We value your donation and are committed to good stewardship of the funds entrusted to us by our friends and donors. All gift options represent GFA’s actual ministry efforts to meet the diverse needs of individuals and communities. Regardless of particular designations, monies are raised for ministry purposes, and GFA retains discretion to use donated funds in any manner that serves GFA’s charitable objectives.