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Giving a gift

Dear Friends,

Sometimes, a thought so captivates our imagination that it transforms us.

Louisa May Alcott has written such a thought:

“Love is the only thing we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy.”

Several questions come to mind when I reflect on this truth. Am I open to receiving ALL the love that God wants to give me? What is keeping me from receiving what God wants to give? How can I become a more loving person?

While it’s important to spend time pondering these questions, here’s another that I am prayerfully asking myself: “How can I more effectively pass on the love of God to others?”

There are, of course, many ways. One very effective way, however, is to make it possible for a sponsored child to receive a gift of love this Christmas.

For a gift of $10 or more, you can make it possible for every African child sponsored through Horizon to receive a toy, an article of clothing, school supplies—whatever our African partners feel is appropriate for each child.

The important thing is that EVERY child receive a gift this Christmas.

This is why we put all of the money that we receive for Christmas gifts into one fund. We then divide the total that we receive by the number of kids that we sponsor, and each child benefits from their fair share.

Years ago, when I was sixteen, my local church in Portland, Oregon sent me on a two-week missions trip to Tijuana, Mexico. On our first evening in Mexico, I heard the words of a new song that continues to ring in my memory.

“It only takes a spark to get a fire going,
And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing.
That’s how it is with God’s love, once you’ve experienced it.
You spread His love to ev’ryone; you want to pass it on.”

During those days in Mexico, I met a young five-year old girl named Eva. She had been hit by a water truck when she was two. It impacted her learning ability.

Every day, while I taught my young class the Spanish alphabet and how to count to 25, Eva sat on my lap. Later, when our team visited her home during a community prayer walk, her mother told me how much she appreciated my loving her daughter.

It was such a small thing, yet made such a BIG impact that I was offered the family’s only goat!

You may think that a $10 gift is such a small thing, but to the child who benefits from it, God’s love will make a big impact!

I love the last verse of the song I heard around that Tijuana campfire so many years ago:

“I wish for you my friend, this happiness that I’ve found.
You can depend on Him, it matters not where you’re bound.
I’ll shout it from the mountain top, I want the world to know.
The Lord of love has come to me, I want to pass it on.”

Join me, won’t you?

Pass on the love of God to a child in Africa with a donation of $10 or more.

Who knows? You just might receive more than you give!

Grateful for God’s love, and yours,

Bob Pearson
Founder and President