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Spirit of giving just a text away

Spirit of giving just a text away

Spirit of giving just a text away

5 November 2020

The 2020 Christmas Day offering will go towards the Self Denial Appeal, supporting the Salvation Army’s work in partner territories across the globe.

By Jessica Morris

Take out the tinsel and posture your heart for generosity – the holiday season is fast approaching and we have the chance to bring God’s Kingdom to earth.

This year’s Christmas Day offering will go directly to the Self Denial Appeal, and Salvationists are invited to financially support the vital work of our brothers and sisters who are doing it tough due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And, in social-distancing fashion, there’s no tithing bag required thanks to a new SMS platform.

“This year, with the impact of COVID-19 hitting so many of our partner territories, it was felt that supporting more than one project through our Christmas Day offering would be helpful,” said Major Bruce Harmer, National Secretary for Public Relations.

A text message from territorial leaders Commissioners Janine and Robert Donaldson on 18 December will invite Salvationists to prayerfully consider the missional and social work of The Salvation Army conducted in our partner territories across the globe.

The offering is traditionally taken up at Christmas Day services, but given the fluid nature of COVID restrictions on church services, an SMS strategy will allow everyone to get involved while staying safe.

“In years past, Salvationists contributing to our Christmas Day offering have given generously. We are hoping this year, although we are using an SMS platform to reach out to our internal audience, that they will once again be generous,” said Bruce.

“It has been a challenging year, and the Christmas Day offering gives us the chance to turn our hearts towards Christ’s selflessness and compassion for all mankind. Just like the widow was praised for giving her mite (Mark 12:41-44), this offering is about giving from our heart and trusting that Christ will multiply it for his purposes.

“We’ve had a very difficult 2020 in most corners of Australia, and it would be perfectly understandable if folk felt it was out of their reach to support this year’s Christmas Day offering.

“But it’s been my experience this year that Salvationists, whilst impacted by the challenges of COVID-19, have remained committed to our Self Denial Appeal. Hopefully, this Christmas we can once again support our partner territories through contributing to our Christmas Day offering.”

Commissioners Janine and Robert Donaldson will send a video on 4 December and an invitation to contribute to the Christmas Day offering will be sent via SMS on 18 December; however, people eager to get in early can donate directly to the Self Denial Appeal through the Christmas Day Offering Page here.

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