A Christmas Message

From the founder of Christian Aid

Christmas 2009

Dear Fellow Christian,

On your birthday, do your friends and family send gifts to one another? Of course not. Birthday gifts celebrate the one who was born that day.

So how should we celebrate the birth of our Saviour? By exchanging presents with loved ones who already have what they need? Why not rather give to our Lord Himself?

While He was living on earth, He told us how we give to Him. "I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirty, and you gave me water; I was homeless, and you gave me housing; I was naked, and you gave me clothing; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me." (Matthew 25:35-36, literal translation). Then He went on to explain "Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me."

So if we honestly want to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, our first and primary gifts should be unto Him as we minister to the needs of those who suffer within His body, the true church (Colossians 1:24).

That´s one reason why Christian Aid exists. We serve as intermediary between Christ´s family in affluent America and our fellow believers in the poorest places on earth, or those that are persecuted for His sake.

Your birthday gift for our Saviour, sent through Christian Aid, can provide food for impoverished drought victims who are hungry in Africa, or flood victims in India and the Philippines. You can save poor families from deadly illnesses by helping to drill a well for safe drinking water. You can visit those who are sick with malaria or leprosy or dysentery by providing life-saving medications. You can visit Christian prisoners held by Communists in Vietnam or by Buddhists in Burma or by Muslims in Islamic countries through paying fines to get them out or providing food for their wives and children. You can supply warm clothing for poor, unemployed Christian families in Siberia, where winter temperatures reach 50 degrees below zero. You can help provide housing for families whose homes have been destroyed by earthquakes or floods. In poorer countries there is no such thing as homeowner´s insurance.

With love in His eternal bonds,

Bob Finley,
Chairman of the Board