Giving Tree Story

Last week, a ten-year-old girl, unbeknownst to her mother, grabbed a tag off the Giving Tree at church. A few days later, she asked her mother if there was anything she could do to earn some extra money. This seemed curious to her mother, but she didn't think much of it until she was tucking her daughter into bed, noticing an envelope laying next to the bed. It contained $4 dollars and a $5 giving tree tag.  Her daughter had been covertly setting aside her chore money from the last week.  There was also a handwritten card for the missionary who would receive the gift. Mom could hardly contain her joy and her tears.

Somehow, this young girl caught the vision behind blessing our missionaries. She committed herself and the few dollars she could earn from chores, (including picking up dog poop in the yard!), to encourage a missionary family this Christmas. How awesome is that? 

Of the sixteen missionary families True Hope supports, the majority live far from home, family, and comfort. Six of them serve in locations where Christians make up less than 1% of the population. Two of them are living in very remote locations, committed to reaching unreached people groups.

Our dream behind the giving tree is to radically bless the socks off our missionaries,  showering them with gifts, cards, support, and encouragement. We want them to feel loved, known and valued by True Hope Church. I can’t help dream: What if every family we support received a gift of $1000 for Christmas? What a huge blessing that would be! 

If you haven’t had the opportunity, please take a moment to stop by the Giving Tree this Sunday, read about our missionaries, grab a tag, and/or write a short card to encourage a family. You can also give online at jesusistruehope.com/give (select Giving Tree fund).