Thursday, 27 October 2016
From GMP's In Partnership newsletter, October 2016.
Over the years you have chosen gifts from the COCOA (Churches of Christ Overseas Aid) Great Gifts catalogue that change lives and communities—improving health and sanitation, providing access to safe water, supporting community development, education and livelihood initiatives. Gifts like toilets, chickens, sewing machines, meals and uniforms for kids in Zimbabwe or South Sudan, or even larger gifts like a bull or a water pump. Your generosity has improved the standard of living for many individuals and communities, giving hope to their future.
This year, your gifts are more life changing than ever!
As well as the COCOA gifts of aid and development, that help vulnerable people break the cycle of poverty, the Great Gift catalogue now includes new gifts supporting International Church Partnerships (ICP) and Indigenous Ministries Australia (IMA). ICP establishes partnerships between churches here in Australia and internationally to develop and support pastors, evangelists and new leaders. Here in Australia, IMA stands united with Indigenous Australians supporting ministry in both urban and remote communities. You can now give Great Gifts that invest in the future of church initiatives around the world, including ministries here on home soil led by the First Peoples of Australia.
New gifts for 2016 include Mingle with the Mru, empowering evangelists in Bangladesh to reach across geographical and cultural divides to share God’s word with their tribes. Another new gift is Leadership Launcher, providing a local pastor with mentoring and training in Fiji, or a practical gift of upkeep for the Evangelist Motorbike Maintenance program in Zimbabwe. A Hope-Filled Yarn supports Solid Chaplaincy Indigenous Youth Program volunteers in Western Australia to run suicide prevention workshops in rural Indigenous communities. Dreamtime Canvas invests in the creativity of young Indigenous youth at the Dareton Youth and Community Drop-In Centre in NSW, and a Tank of Fuel helps the ministries in Port Hedland and Norseman(WA) whose practitioners often travel over 1,000km into remote communities for outreach.
Together, we can change people’s lives for the better by purchasing gifts that care for a range of physical, emotional and spiritual needs. When you order a Great Gift from the catalogue you will receive a card to send to your friends or family, or you can choose to print it at home instead. Great Gift cards can be used for all sorts of occasions – for a birthday, to say thank you, for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, Easter and, of course, Christmas! Prices are affordable, starting at just $5! Then there are larger items over $100 that you can always get together and purchase as a family, small group, church or workplace. Change someone’s life for the better and give a Great Gift today!
Hard copy cards that explain your gift must be ordered before December 9. Soft copy cards that can be printed at home can be ordered up to December 21.
Order a new 2016-17 Great Gifts catalogue. Free call 1800 467 222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Purchase your Great Gifts online www.greatgifts.org.au
Run a Great Gifts Stall! We would love to assist you to run a Great Gifts stall at your church, small group or workplace in the lead up to Christmas. You can call us to arrange posters, gift cards and a ‘how to’ guide.
Please Note: Only the COCOA gifts of aid and development are tax deductible and are marked with the ‘TD’ icon.
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