If this year has been as hard for you as it has been for me, then I would guess you are really looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas more so than in other years. The year 2020 was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, and natural disasters. The holidays are a special time of joy as we reflect on God’s ultimate gift for us – His Son. Through Him, we have salvation and hope for the future no matter what the circumstances are around us.

The holidays are also a time spent with loved ones at Christmas and traditionally includes a gift exchange. There is nothing like seeing the smiles on the faces of children as they receive special gifts selected especially for them. But the joy of those who receive the gifts is probably exceeded by the joy of those who give the gifts. Why? I believe it is because of the love behind the gift.

This year, you can stand in the gap and love someone in need by providing a Bundle of Love to a child under AMG’s care. Each bundle is a special Christmas package for every child in our youth development centers. A Bundle of Love may contain needed items like clothing, school supplies, a toy, or even a Bible if the child does not already have one. It is a tradition that started nearly 70 years ago when we provided shoes to children in Greece who had lost everything in the war.

Today the Bundles of Love go to children like Maria [not her real name], who comes from a very poor family living on a small island in the Philippines. Her parents could hardly provide for their children, and there were many days when Maria did not know if there was going to be any food on the family table.

Maria was in desperate need of food and school fees, both of which are needed to help provide an opportunity for a better future. Most importantly, she needed to know that she is loved by God; she needed to find hope! And because someone like you supported Maria, her life changed. Not only did a sponsorship help meet her physical needs, but she also found Jesus, the greatest gift of all!

This Christmas, Maria will receive her special Bundle of Love along with other children on that island. Through that small gift, she will know that she is loved. She will know that there are people who care for her and pray for her, which inspires her to work hard so she can be successful and use her life for the glory of God. With the Lord’s help, Maria is on track to be the first person in her family to graduate from high school!

Each Bundle of Love is only $20, but it means so much to each child who receives one. It’s just one of many ways to show the love of Christ to those who don’t know Him personally, much like Jesus’ words to His disciples: “For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me…Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.’”

Will you prayerfully partner with us to provide a Bundle of Love to one or more boys or girls in need? Your gift will show them they are loved, bring them joy, inspire hope and advance God’s kingdom in their community.

 

 

Tasos Ioannidis

Presient & CEO

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