South Asia (GFA) — How does a pair of rabbits, chickens, pigs, or goats relate to the greatest gift of all?
By being a part of the “Critter Campaign,” an annual Christmas-season program of Gospel for Asia (GFA), gifts of livestock give impoverished families in South Asia an opportunity to have their daily needs met, provide a long-term income source, and open the door to hear about God’s ultimate gift: the love of Jesus.
GFA’s “Critter Campaign” runs through the end of the year and allows individuals, churches, and ministries the chance to choose from 19 different gift options. In addition to animals, gifts also include Bibles, water wells, and scholarships. For only a few dollars, givers can literally change the lives of families in some of the poorest areas of the world.
When a family is presented with a gift, a local pastor or worker will also share the love of Christ with them. Most families who receive gifts are considered Dalits, or “Untouchables.” The gifts and good news about Jesus communicate to them they are loved and cared for by God.
Bible study groups, sports teams, extended families, and friends are encouraged to join together for a group project, such as a well that will provide clean water for an entire community. Some donors will choose to give these Christmas gifts in honor of a loved one or in lieu of traditional gift exchanges.
Last year through GFA, more than 100,000 gifts were purchased for impoverished families in South Asia. This year, the ministry hopes to exceed that mark.
Pray that many lives will be impacted through these gifts and that Christ will become a part of their lives.