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Yes, Mike, I'm all for your suggested type of gift giving! Or vice versa - how about asking for those gifts when people ask if there's anything they can get us for our birthday/ Christmas?

Oxfam have a similar gift giving scheme. (See www.oxfamunwrapped.com.) Last year someone in our office organised that instead of spending money on Christmas cards for each other, we'd donate our £2 to Oxfam, and we ended up being able to buy a few goats and a cow and some chickens. I thought it was a great idea.

God's love was greater than His pain.
Today during communion, I had a thought as I was contemplating how much Jesus suffered in my place. Oh, that I would love as God does and be more willing to take up my cross and walk in obedience to Him and meet needs with His love, no matter what the cost to me.
Then, I will meet needs like those talked about in this blog, because I have known and experienced a greater revelation of God's love. How great is His love? - Psalm 103:11-12

We have given goats or chickens as gifts. People really do think it's a wonderful idea to step away from "stuff" and know that someone is being helped. Don't forget about our local Food Banks. There are many people who are suffering because of the economy. A local donation would be appreciated in any community.

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