Give the Gift of Life this Christmas
by Lauri Cielo
Each Christmas season, the clergy and staff at St. Peter’s Church exchange holiday gifts. But this year, we will give a gift of a different sort—a gift to fight poverty, hunger and disease worldwide.
Instead of purchasing gifts for one another, we decided to contribute and make a group donation to Episcopal Relief and Development, an agency of The Episcopal Church that helps people who are suffering around the world. Perhaps we will purchase a goat for a family in Kenya, clean water for a woman in Nicaragua, or immunizations for children in India.
Episcopal Relief and Development’s mandate comes from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25:
Lord, when was it that
We saw you hungry and gave you food?
We saw you thirsty and gave you something to drink?
We saw you a stranger and welcomed you?
We saw you sick and took care of you?
We saw you in prison and visited you?
‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
—Matthew 25: 37-40 (NRSV)
This season, please consider alternative Christmas giving at your office or holiday gatherings. You can make a gift through Episcopal Relief and Development online here.
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