Creative ways to give back during the holidays

The Holidays is a time for family, fun, food, fellowship and for giving and receiving gifts. Although, not everyone is so blessed and fortunate enough to be able to participate in all of these festivities. The reasons for the season vary from person to person, as a Biblical Living writer, many in my audience believe the reason for the season is to remember Christ’s birth. Many who follow this belief should have no trouble agreeing that charity and giving back during the holiday season is important. In fact, Biblical principles suggest that giving charity is a lifestyle, not just a temporary seasonal idea. Here are some interesting and creative ideas for giving back to the Columbus, Ohio community and area:

Nationwide Children's Hospital here in Columbus, OH, is currently in the middle of a campaign.The message is for the central Ohio community to consider giving. http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving1Nationwide Children’s Hospital here in Columbus, OH, is currently in the middle of a campaign.The message is for the central Ohio community to consider giving. http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving Mary Ellen Peacock









Women around the world are making  beautiful handcrafted products.When you buy one, you’ll help the woman who made it there. And we’ll donate to a local nonprofit that helps a woman in need here.  http://www.sohza.com/ 2. Women around the world are making beautiful handcrafted products.When you buy one, you’ll help the woman who made it there. And we’ll donate to a local nonprofit that helps a woman in need here. http://www.sohza.com/











This season, holiday shoppers in Greater Columbus can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program.The program  helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. BeaSantatoaSenior.com












3. This season, holiday shoppers in Greater Columbus can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program.The program helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. BeaSantatoaSenior.com  Kristin Danley-Greiner

Today, HandsOn Central Ohio is a multi-faceted organization, with a diversity of programs connecting those in need to resources, and pairing available volunteers to the nonprofit sector. http://www.volunteercentralohio.org/about4. Today, HandsOn Central Ohio is a multi-faceted organization, with a diversity of programs connecting those in need to resources, and pairing available volunteers to the nonprofit sector. http://www.volunteercentralohio.org/about











Columbus Gives Back is for people who want to give back to the community and meet new people through fun and social volunteer opportunities!   http://columbusgivesback.org/
5. Columbus Gives Back is for people who want to give back to the community and meet new people through fun and social volunteer opportunities! http://columbusgivesback.org/


 Sending holiday cards that benefit local charities is a great andeasy way to support a good cause and  spread the word about it. The Mid-Ohio Food Bank offers an appealing holiday tribute ornament. https://www.midohiofoodbank.org/ornament

6. Sending holiday cards that benefit local charities is a great and easy way to support a good cause and spread the word about it. The Mid-Ohio Food Bank offers an appealing holiday tribute ornament. https://www.midohiofoodbank.org/ornament Jon Siegel







For $25, Artist Santa sends you a piece of art and also donates supplies to a classroom in need. http://www.artsicle.com/communities/art-santa-2013

7For $25, Artist Santa sends you a piece of art and also donates supplies to a classroom in need. http://www.artsicle.com/communities/art-santa-2013 Alex Tryon













Toys for Tots recognized a need in this country to help the Under-Privileged children of America. http://columbus-oh.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/about-local-toys-for-tots.aspx
8Toys for Tots recognized a need in this country to help the Under-Privileged children of America. http://columbus-oh.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/about-local-toys-for-tots.aspx Deidre Krause

One great, easy idea for ordinary people to create a better world is to organize an event through Brown Paper Tickets. The free ticketing company donates 5% of profits from every ticket sold to charities. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/browse.html

9. One great, easy idea for ordinary people to create a better world is to organize an event through Brown Paper Tickets. The free ticketing company donates 5% of profits from every ticket sold to charities. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/browse.htmlBarb Morgen









10. Anyone can “do good” just by buying our items that support the worthiest causes. 50%+ proceeds go to fighting poverty, hunger, disease, environmental degradation and other life-threatening ills around the globe. http://www.dogoodbuy.us Zack Rosenberg



Servanthood Evangelism

“People are more than twice as likely to allow a person to share their faith when evangelism is combined with simple acts of servanthood.”

Servanthood Evangelism is intentionally sharing Christ by modeling Biblical servanthood.

The great ideas for servant evangelism are numerous!

Check out this website for some ideas!

Here are some thoughts:

Walk the streets of the community offering to change burnt out light bulbs for free and share the light of Christ

Change the batteries of fire alarms because of the love of Christ

pass out free water at a sporting event

Do a gas buy down…for a few hours at a gas station offer to pay the station .25 for every gallon pumped in 2 hours. The gas station sells the gas 25 cents cheaper, the customers are happy and you get a chance to talk to the customers about why you are doing this!

Bake cookies for visitors and visit them. The principle is do not just invite the community to come to your church, instead bring the church and love of Christ to them!

Community-driven: cook food for or mow grass for a particular community or a particular set of families, no strings attached.

Do not participate in a “church sports league,” do participate in a community/open/secular league.

People will ask “why are you doing this?”

This is the essence of servant evangelism and this is the opportunity to share the Gospel and God’s love!

Christian Community

2 Corinthians 1- “He [God] comforts us in all of our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them that same comfort God has given.”

Sometimes passages from the Bible strike me hard, as they always should….

Today this verse reminded me of how Christian faith is suppose to look like. As it was in Acts.

We are suppose to be a community of believers always ready to help each other.

The world saw that picture of Christianity imagine how many more converts we would have!!

IN Christ,
Alex

Sad Times call for Real Action

I am calling on us as Christians living in America – all of the comforts, blessings, and entitlements to take a step back for just a few minuets read my post and ask God a question. And deal with what He might be calling you to do.

Recently with in the past 2-3 weeks- 2 Asian countries have been dealt with by nature in some incredible ways. First in Myanmar/ Burma:

On May 3, 2008, Cyclone Nargis devastated the country when winds of up to 250kph (150 mph) touched land in the densely populated, rice-farming delta of the Irrawaddy Division.

Recent reports estimate that more than 130,000 people are dead or missing from Cyclone Nargis that hit the country’s Irrawaddy delta. Shari Villarosa, who leads the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon, said the number of dead could eventually exceed 140,800 because of illnesses and injury. Adds the World Food Programme, “Some villages have been almost totally eradicated and vast rice-growing areas are wiped out.”

Then not long at all and not very far away from Myanmar another horrible event took place in China:

The 2008 Sichuan earthquake (Chinese: 四川大地震), at a magnitude 8.0 Ms/ 7.9 Mw, occurred at 14:28:01.42 CST on 12 May 2008 in Sichuan province of China. In China, it was named the Wenchuan earthquake (Chinese: 汶川大地震), after the earthquake’s epicenter in Wenchuan County in Sichuan province. The epicenter was 80 kilometres (50 mi) west-northwest of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, with a depth of 19 kilometres (12 mi)] The earthquake was felt as far away as Beijing (1,500 km away) and Shanghai (1,700 km away), where office buildings swayed with the tremor. The earthquake was also felt in nearby countries.

Official figures (as of May 19, 12:00 CST) state that 34,073 are confirmed dead, including 33,570 in Sichuan province, and 245,108 injured. The Chinese government warned that the death toll could soar to 50,000. Tens of thousands are missing, approximately 14,000 of them buried, and eight provinces were affected. The earthquake left about 4.8 million people homeless. It was the deadliest and strongest earthquake to hit China since the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, which killed over 240,000 people.

Does your heart not break? Mine has.
I am asking you to do one thing:

Pray

1. Pray for the victims, victim families, governments, aide to come, etc

2. Pray asking God how you and your community of friends, family, etc can help

There are a lot of aide based groups, a lot of financial groups you can donate money to, other groups where you can donate food, clothing, and create aid boxes to ship over seas.

and if you are called, there are groups who need volunteers to go overseas to help.

My point is that we as wealthy Christians SHOULD do something. We are called by God to do something. We are called by God to share our blessings that we do not even realize we have – come on we live in America- we have EVERYTHING. At the very least please, pray.