“Forgotten Christmas,” offers an exclusive way to communicate the Love of Jesus to the underprivileged in South Asia this Christmas.
As estimated around $400 billion are to be spent this time of the year on decorations, parties and gifts. “Forgotten Christmas” proposes an unconventional opportunity to those with enduring good aims to pass over commercialism and bring the season back to its foundation in Christ’s birth. “Forgotten Christmas” offers all-embracing free resources to facilitate and motivate Churches and individuals look beyond consumerism; to communicate the love of Jesus to some of South Asia’s poorest people who lack life’s basic resources.
Dr. K. P. Yohannan- Founder and President of Gospel for Asia (GFA) said, “As shoppers in the West head out to malls with their gift lists, people in other parts of the world are straining for their next meal.” Dr. K.P.Yohannan is also a sponsor of “Forgotten Christmas,” carried on saying, “But these gifts of a goat, a sewing machine or vegetable carts not only make a difference in their lives; they help break their cycle of poverty and literally change a family’s life.”
Evidently, last year nearly 100,000 of Christmas gifts were paid for poor families in South Asian region. The free Church kit includes a choice of 11 videos to share in a Church service on a December Sunday and an unlimited quantity of catalogs to distribute in Church bulletins.
Jerry Witham, pastor of the RidgeChurch in Carrollton, Texas said, “‘Forgotten Christmas’ will change the mindset of the members of your Church to move away from consumerism and move toward changing lives.” Strikingly, a Christmas gift of a vegetable cart from an unfamiliar donor; changed the lives of Dandak and Kala and their three children. Entangled in cruel caste system, living underprivileged, lacking food and water and no access to medical care; rendered hopeless as they continued to subsist in a makeshift home. Ever since, Dandak received a “Forgotten Christmas” pull cart with the assistance of Pastor Namuchi; their lives have never been the same. Incredibly, Dandak is now able to earn his livelihood by delivering and selling vegetables at the market for local farmers, enabling him substantially to provide food and shelter for his family, and his three children are able now to attend school.
The Gospel for Asia’s Christmas gift Catalog includes a sewing machine, a pair of chickens and fishing nets; these gifts will be beneficial thus enabling the recipients earn their livelihood. These and many other such gifts predominantly help both giver and receiver. This project is desirable as it helps people bear in mind that Jesus came to this world to save the lost and to provide a direct means to meet their needs. Moreover, helping others will help stir Christians rediscover the true meaning of Christmas in giving to others in need
“Forgotten Christmas does a great job of putting things in perspective. Our people have been able to see the transcending purpose. Christmas has been forgotten, but now we’re able to do something to nail down what Christmas is really all about,” said Mark Dallalio- Pastor of North side Baptist Church in Carrollton.