For those of you that don’t know, Share Christmas is an annual outreach of Living Bread Ministries. My wife and I founded Living Bread in 2004 with a burden to plant churches that practice integral, or comprehensive mission among the global poor. In 2005, we launched our first church plants in southern Brazil and in 2006 we began Share Christmas to meet basic needs and help break the cycle of poverty by providing school and hygiene supplies to needy children.
The primary reason I like Share Christmas is because it is implemented and executed by the Living Bread church plants. All of the school and hygiene supplies are purchased in country and all of the work is done by each local church. They assemble the kits, choose the recipients and distribute them at evangelistic services. They also maintain relationships with the recipients of the kits in their community.
This means that the families who benefit from Share Christmas do not look to a Western organization or church as the ones blessing and caring for them. Rather, they see the local church, the one just down the street, as caring for them in a comprehensive way. In this way Share Christmas is part of a long term church planting movement among the global poor. The ministry allows our church plants to invest in the lives of children from their own community, it allows local church members to have control over the outreach in their community, and it exalts Christ while also strengthening the local church.
This is why I like Share Christmas and I hope you will like it too! To learn more or receive a promotional kit please visit www.sharechristmas.org. If you would like to volunteer as a Share Christmas Coordinator and help needy children in Brazil and Thailand contact Living Bread Ministries.