Christmas Hope Chest
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day” (Genesis 50:20).
The enemy wants us to give up!
I am certain that you see this in your life too! Haven’t you experienced doing the right thing, but find it to be much harder to accomplish than it should be? That’s the enemy throwing obstacles in our paths in order to discourage us from sticking to the plan.
I know this in a very personal way more often than I want to admit sometimes. I do get discouraged as we near Christmas Day and I see that the physical funds needed to fill 5000 Hope Chests with clothing and shoes and underwear – real needs – has not come in yet. But then I remember that the most important part of this goal is that every orphan receives a Christmas Hope Chest.
That happens every year!!
Sometimes we only have enough funds to put some toiletries, a Bible, a Frisbee and maybe a small sweet treat in the bag. But giving that bag to a child becomes a major loss to our enemy! Another child knows that the family of God, scattered world-wide, remembered him/her at Christmas.
“Christian giving is voluntary, a test of sincerity and love. The rewards are joy, an increased ability to give, thankfulness to God, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is glorified!” C.I. Scofield
When you give a Hope Chest ($50) to a child in India, whether it is filled to the top or it holds only two or three items, not one of these children experience disappointment! No gift is ever returned or opened with a frown!!
Please help us by praying and spreading the word about these Hope Chests to your families, friends, neighbors, church family, and to your colleagues at work. Get groups together – fellow employees, your cell group, a Sunday school class – and challenge your employer or pastor and missions committee to match the number of Hope Chests your small group agrees to support!
We all have elderly relatives that don’t need one more shirt, tie, or bathrobe. What if you purchased a Christmas Hope Chest in their honor this year? Hopegivers will send a card to let them know what you have done in their name. Go to our website; show them the pictures of children laughing and smiling as they open their Christmas Hope Chest. I promise you; it will mean more to that parent or grandparent than a gift that will simply sit in the closet for another year!
Dr. Samuel Thomas