Happy Giving Tuesday!
Today is a worldwide day of generosity and giving to charities – so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share with you some of my favourite charities right now, and how you could support them too!
The Bible Society
This charity is passionate about helping everyone to access the Bible – they find ways to translate and distribute it, create digital formats, advocate for its importance in society and help people to relate to and make sense of it.
They are currently running an appeal: Give the Bible to refugees (fairly self-explanatory there) where a gift of £15 can help provide Bibles and help for refugees in the Middle East.
You could also join ‘Bible a Month’ – help The Bible Society to translate, print and distribute a Bible each month, for just £5 a month.
Want to volunteer? Sign up to support The Bible Society as a speaker, events team member or church representative.
Find out more here: www.biblesociety.org.uk/get-involved/
World Wildlife Fund
I’m a penguin – what did you expect?
WWF challenges the threats to nature and helps to ensure that our planet is able to provide for all living things, including humans. It focuses on six key areas: forests, marine, freshwater, wildlife, food and climate.
To support WWF financially, why not give a monthly gift or buy WWF merchandise?
My favourite way to donate to WWF is through sponsoring an animal! Choose from a huge range including all kinds of penguins, rhinos, lions, giraffes, sharks and koalas. Get a sponsorship pack including a cuddly toy, certificate and information pack! This makes for a fantastic Christmas present too – in fact this is how Jenny got Monty the penguin!!
You can also take action through WWF’s action centre to raise awareness, contact your local MP and more!
Find out more here: www.worldwildlife.org
This charity works in over 50 countries to support Christians who are persecuted for their faith. They supply Bibles, train church leaders, provide practical support and emergency relief and more!
Support Open Doors by signing their petition to ensure Christians and other minorities enjoy the right to equal citizenship, dignified living conditions and a prominent role in reconciling and rebuilding society. You can also write to a persecuted Christian – encouraging them in their journey!
You can also donate or fundraise to support your family around the world, or volunteer as a Speaker, Church Representative, Prayer Group Leader or Events Volunteer.
Find out more here: www.opendoorsuk.org/
This is one of the charities that Jenny works for so I could spout statistics at you for hours because I hear SO much about it.
Lifecentre supports survivors of rape and sexual abuse through national, free helplines and email, group and face to face counselling across West Sussex. They support survivors and their close supporters regardless of race, gender, age, religion or background and currently employ 3 Play Therapists who work with those aged 10 years and under.
Sadly, this is a very prevalent issue, highlighted recently by the media and the #MeToo campaign. It is believed that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men have experienced some form of sexual abuse.
Lifecentre has just launched its Christmas Campaign! Find this here: www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/lifecentre/giftofhope
Find out more here: www.lifecentre.uk.com
The Bible Project
Not to be confused with The Bible Society – I like the Bible, can you tell??
The Bible Project creates animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. Their videos are incredible and so helpful for understanding any part of the Bible, I use it ALL the time – find them on YouTube here: www.youtube.com/user/jointhebibleproject
They are currently running a Year End Fundraiser to set them off at full pelt for 2018, funding normal operations costs as well as some exciting new things promised for 2018!
Find out more here: thebibleproject.com/
I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog and found it useful for thinking about what you could do this #GivingTuesday! Let me know your favourite charities in the comments!