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What can you do with $6 during your Christmas shopping? You could probably buy a Christmas-themed coffee, or a few decorations for your tree or even a stack of Christmas cards to give to your family and friends. Can you think of a meaningful, inspiring gift you could buy someone for just $6?

We can! This year you can share the Christmas story with someone who’s never heard or read it before. Help provide language groups around the world with a printed copy of the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke for just $6 — the same amount that you would spend on a coffee or a few decorations!

Giving Tuesday

What: Your chance to give the Christmas story to someone who needs it!
Just $6 prints the book of Luke.
When: Dec. 1, 2015
How: Watch for more details soon!

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You’re invited to join us on December 1 for Giving Tuesday — the globally celebrated day dedicated to giving back. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on all God has blessed us with and to be a blessing to others!

Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the big day. Together we can make Giving Tuesday an incredible chance to give the greatest gift of all.

“…but the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!’” (Luke 2:10-11, NLT).

You don’t want to miss it!

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Spirit of GivingDear Friend,

Laying aside her Portuguese Bible and closing her eyes, the Cape Verdean woman listened as her pastor read the story of Jesus’ birth in her heart language, Kabuverdianu.

“For the first time in my life, I felt washed by the Word. I thought I knew the Christmas story by heart, but I must confess that today I feel like I’ve heard it for the very first time.”

Your gift, God’s Word, translated into the heart language, touches hearts and changes lives. Each of the gifts in this year’s Christmas catalog provides someone with greater opportunity to engage with the Word of God in their own language.

I encourage you to take this opportunity to honor a friend or family member with a gift that will truly make a difference for today and for eternity.

Please select your gifts from the 2014 Gift Catalog today. When you place your order, be sure to request cards to let family and friends know if you have given in their honor, or in memory of a loved one.

Thank you for helping people hear the Good News of John 3:16: God loved them so much that He gave His Only Son that they might truly live!

Visit www.wycliffe.org/giftcatalog to begin your Christmas giving today! And please help us spread the word about this opportunity to give Christmas gifts that will transform lives for eternity.

Look for the hashtag #spiritofgiving on social media sites to see how others are getting into the spirit of the season.

 

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The holidays can very easily become a hectic or burdensome time. All too often we lose sight of the miracles God is working around us every day. During the months of November and December, our hope is to engage people in a positive conversation on Twitter and Facebook, celebrating acts of kindness, generosity, and the true spirit of the season happening around them. We hope it will help you recognize and create these moments with your networks of friends, family, coworkers, etc.

Use your social media networks to share about ways you are giving, showing acts of kindness, and spreading the Spirit of the season. Your posts can also be about ways other people have shown the spirit of giving to you, or about acts of kindness you’ve witnessed in any capacity. Include the hashtag #SpiritofGiving in your post so others can follow along and be inspired!

Here’s an example our sweet friend Linda shared:
“Needing a new pair of dress shoes, I bought a pair that I liked and that fit well. A short time later I was going to wear them to church, but they felt too small. A missionary returning from overseas stopped by the headquarters office and, (being asked), shared her needs, one being dress shoes. Mine fit her perfectly, and she said they were just what she would have chosen if she had gone shopping herself.” #SpiritofGiving

We look forward to hearing (and sharing) about all the ways God is working in you, through you, and through others around you this season as you get into the Spirit of giving!

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The 2012-13 Wycliffe Bible Translators Gift Catalog is here, and it’s filled with opportunities to give the gift of eternal hope this Christmas!

Check out this brief video message from Bob Creson, President/CEO of Wycliffe USA, and then take a moment to look over the Gift Catalog and pray about your involvement. Any gift you choose to give will help provide men, women, and children with God’s Word in their heart language—part of the great harvest God is reaping worldwide.

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Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands: Part 1

By Rachel Wolverton, Wycliffe USA marketing strategist

(Rachel visited Wycliffe’s work in the Solomon Islands in early July. This blog series gives a glimpse into Bible translation efforts in that part of the world.)

My whole life I’ve watched friends and family give to charities, churches, and non-profit organizations. I’ve seen them wrestle through decisions of where to give and how much, hoping that their gifts will be a blessing to those on the receiving end. My husband and I have had these same conversations in our home. Sometimes we feel that the best way to bless others is to give quietly, staying under the radar.

But my recent trip to the Solomon Islands taught me differently.

My husband and I accompanied a family who has given generously to Bible translation there. They wanted to learn more about Wycliffe’s work in that part of the world, to put visuals to the people and language groups they are praying for daily, and to give their kids a greater understanding of the world. They would have preferred to simply observe as a fly on the wall and not burden anyone. Perhaps in America, things can work that way.

Not so in the Solomon Islands.

Our group with people from the village of Poro

We were all received with fanfare. The people in the village of Poro that we visited had rarely seen white-skinned faces, and definitely not in groups of eight at a time. We were greeted with a welcome unlike anything I’ve ever seen and were followed by an entourage of people attempting to communicate in broken English (which is more than we were able to do in their language, Gao). There was dancing, songs, gifts, and more.

We’d been told that Solomon Islanders love speeches, and on our last night, Joshua, the national coordinator for SIBTLP (Solomon Islands Bible Translation and Literacy Partnership), made a speech to those of us who were visiting.

He expressed to Nate, the father of the family, sincere words of thanks for giving generously so that people speaking more than seventy languages in the Solomons could read the Bible in their own language. That was the part I was expecting. But then Joshua thanked the family for coming to visit them, for taking the time to get to know people in Poro village. He also thanked them for coming as a family. Solomon Islanders are relational, and they value little else in life as much as they value relationships, especially those of the family. For this family to have given money without visiting would have made little impact. But because the family gave their time and offered friendship to Solomon Islanders, they showed that they cared for them and were committed to Bible translation. The last thing Joshua shared was the most touching: “We view you as partners in this work.”

Village members singing as a part of an evening program

In that, I realized that the fanfare, the entourage, and everything we all would have opted out of if given the chance were the islanders’ way of building relationship with us. It was their way of expressing that they viewed this family as a part of the team, not just unknown faces giving money anonymously to people they know nothing about.

In the United States, we might have felt that a visit of that magnitude was burdensome, but not for these people. It was even more meaningful than any monetary gift could have been.

My opinion of generosity has been rocked. I want to think of ways to give, not only money (which is still very necessary), but also my time in ways I haven’t before, like building relationships. Maybe it’s as simple as actually reading the updates I get about work I’ve supported so I can know how to pray, or writing letters of encouragement to those involved. We often talk about holistic ministry, but in the Solomons, I was taught something new. I was taught lessons about holistic giving.

Waving goodbye

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