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The gift of generosity Pick and click to give: Anglicare staff pack Toys ’n’ Tucker hampers.

Christmas is the time when to emerge from the pandemic, 7500 COVID food boxes over the whom they or their church are Christians celebrate, above for many of the most vulnerable all else, the greatest gift we communities we fund... the rate could ever be given. So, while of vaccination is so low that we prepare to enjoy the festive COVID is still rampant. Giving to season – especially without these communities is incredibly lockdowns! – we should also life-giving. consider how we can imitate “All our projects are linked our Heavenly Father’s generosity with local Christian agencies, in sending his Son and be as extending God’s grace through generous as we can to those love in action.” who need it. Back at home, a consequence Not everyone is able to give in of COVID’s Delta strain is that it financial terms, and that’s okay has sent Anglicare’s annual Toys – there are other ways you can ’n’ Tucker appeal online for the be generous that will care for first time. people and support gospel work T h e fo o d a n d f i n a n c i a l around the world. assistance program manager Gift options are also available for Anglicare Sydney, Nathan for those who just want to “pick Moulds, says the team grappled and click”, so there’s really no for months with the problem excuse when you can do it of how to make Toys ’n’ Tucker without leaving your desk! safe for staff, volunteers and clients – including whether it WHAT TO CHOOSE was possible to run the program As ever, there is a range of gifts at all. to choose from at Christmas “We decided that no matter time through Compassion and what the situation... we didn’t Tearfund, but the variety might want people who are in need surprise you. And whether you of toys and fo o d and that choose a packet of seeds ($5) or encouragement and care at turn a month of coffee money Christmas time [to go without],” into a goat ($45), bibles ($20 he says. each), disability access ($30) or There were difficulties with clean water ($70), it will all go the standard model of people where it’s needed. purchasing and packing You could also band together gifts and hamper items, staff with friends or get your whole collecting these from around church involved in a bigger the Diocese and clients coming project. Household cow, anyone? in to Anglicare to pick them up. Business start-up? Maybe a new So, the decision was made to toilet block? utilise the delivery system the Tearfund Australia’s head of organisation has had in place communications, Greg Hewson, since the pandemic began. says that “while Australia begins “We’ve delivered more than 6

past 18 months to people who are in need, isolating or infected,” Mr Moulds says. “We know how to do it safely and can do it very confidently... so we’re going to get [hampers and gifts] out to people, right to their doors.” What is more, the gifts and food people donate funds for on the Toys ’n’ Tucker website will be purchased at wholesale prices, making each donation stretch further. “We know it’s not quite the same as going out and getting it yourself... but the need is still there, and it’s all been designed so we can share the joy but in a way that’s as safe as possible,” Mr Moulds says.

PRAYER AND ENCOURAGEMENT This year the Church Missionary Society is holding a “message of encouragement” challenge, asking members and friends to con sider how they can encourage missionaries with

linked. Whether it’s a short message to let them know you are praying for them, asking about points in their latest newsletter, or a verse of Scripture that’s been on your heart, your simple care can help more than you know. Jim and Tanja French, serving in Spain, note that “cross-cultural mission work is stressful. Feelings of not belonging are strong. “We draw great comfort from knowing that we belong to the family of God. where every Christian is a brother or sister walking alongside us. When we receive emails and letters from our supporters this reality is made concrete.” All these organisations crave the prayers of the saints, so while some of us might not be able to offer any financial support this year, we can be generous with our prayers for those who serve and care for others in Jesus’ name. SC

Find gift information, care or prayer points at African Enterprise: https://africanenterprise.com.au Anglican Aid: www.anglicanaid.org.au Anglicare: https://toysntucker.org.au – a range of resources are available to download CMS: cms.org.au/message-of-encouragement – this web page goes live on December 2 Christmas Bowl: https://christmasbowl.actforpeace.org.au – includes resources for Advent Compassion: www.compassion.com.au – click on “Gifts of Compassion” Tearfund: www.tearfund.org.au

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