Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Jesus!

If you've read our blog, you know we've been Christmas transition for some years.  We have been convicted about how and why we give on Christmas.  This led to us moving our family gift exchange from "Christmas" and focusing solely on celebrating Jesus and giving gifts to Him on Christmas day. (We realize some use Christmas Eve for this - that's fine - we chose this way).  We've focused on giving to Jesus for years - but it was rather intangible for our littles. 

We hesitate to share much here, not wanting to seem pharisaical. However, this is a family journal and we do try to journal those things which are important to us. We do also share what we've bought for our children's birthdays. In that spirit, here are the tangible gifts we have been honored and blessed to give  to Jesus on His birthday today. Gospel for Asia gives 100% of our donations to the areas we designate.  We have begun brainstorming how we can leverage our donations next year. I think we'll sell something and spend the money on more gifts....we still didn't make the Water Buffalo....but we're happy for these gifts....most will allow a family some relief now as well as provide an income for years to come. Many of these are destined to those in the untouchable castes of India. 

Pair of Pigs
Pair of Rabbits
Fishing Nets
Water Filter for one family
Four Blankets
3 Pairs of Chickens
Embroidery Machine
2 Lambs
1 Rickshaw
1 Radio
1 Pay Telephone (income)
and a CAMEL! 

Choosing Joy!
©2010 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...


Kristine said...

I think this sounds lovely, DeEtta, and I hope you share more in the future. I can't imagine anyone thinking you are pharisitical--I'd guess most of your readers know your heart. You've inspired and encouraged so many over this years, and this is just one more opportunity for you to bless others. :)

Anonymous said...


Love you all. So awesome the gifts you give to Jesus each year. Wonderful things for the kids to learn. Glad you two are doing this..... wonderful insight.

Looking forward to hearning all about your present day with the boys. Hope our package gets there in time.

love/prayers - Dad/Mom T.

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Oh - thanks. I'm relieved.