"가난한 자와 세상에서 고통받는 사람들을 돌봄으로써 그분의 사랑을 표현하는 것만큼 좋은 방법이 있을까요? 그게 바로 크리스마스 선물에 관한 것입니다. 이번 시즌에 할 수 있는 한 많이 사람들과 함께 크리스마스 선물 나눔에 동참해 주시기 바랍니다."
- K.P. 요한난, GFA World 창립자
Sewing machines mend broken lives. Men and women who lack education are hindered in their ability to provide for the families, but with a sewing machine, they can earn a stable income by sewing clothes. The gift of a sewing machine can remove the hopelessness and poverty hanging over many families, and through this timely help, recipients can realize God’s care for them..
“I was really longing for a machine. ... I have no words to express my feelings and thanks to the church. ... This gift not only helps me to earn a daily income, but also it brought us close to the Living God.”
—Romila, a sewing machine recipient and a sister in Christ
Jesus Wells provide fresh water year-round, protecting communities from many waterborne illnesses and sparing women and children from spending hours searching for water sources. Clean water from a Jesus Well is freely offered to all, regardless of a person’s religious or social background, which communicates Christ’s acceptance of those society deems “untouchable.” Pastors serving near Jesus Wells are also able to share about the Living Water mentioned on the well’s plaque. Providing safe water is a practical way to show communities how much God and His children care for all people!
“I believe that God will do a miracle, that through this Jesus Well many people will come and glorify His name.”
—Jeevan, a GFA-supported pastor whose community received a Jesus Well
Many people in Asia do not have clean water, and as a result, they battle waterborne illnesses—or even succumb to death. Constructed of concrete, sand and rocks, BioSand water filters remove 98 percent of biological impurities. They provide safe water for drinking and cooking for a family and often for the neighbors too! The clean water will improve health and hygiene and will give peace of mind—all of which are expressions of Christ’s care.
“Now, no more struggle! Having a BioSand water filter was beyond our imagination.”
—Erina, mother of three in Asia
Millions in Asia have no choice but to go to the bathroom out in the open, which poses many risks, especially for women and girls who venture into open fields under the cover of darkness. Constructing outdoor toilets spares families from disease found at communal waste grounds and protects the dignity of men and women.
“It is a commandment from the Bible to love the poor and the needy. So, whatever we do today, by helping the poor and the needy, we are actually fulfilling God’s commandment.”
—Gunalan, a GFA-supported pastor