#GivingTuesday Is the New Black Friday?

I am excited to announce that I have been asked to participate in World Relief’s blog tour for their Catalog of Hope! As the President of World Relief, Stephan Bauman, writes in his letter introducing the catalog, we are invited to join in this legacy of hope. I am personally excited about this campaign because I have had a chance to share meals with a few of the staff that work tirelessly behind the scenes. World Relief does real life-changing work and they are huge advocates and activists for Congo. 

#GivingTuesday falls on the Tuesday right after Thanksgiving. It’s a growing movement to integrate the celebration of generosity into what is already the largest gift-giving season of the year. Spending during the Black Friday weekend exceeds the combined gross national incomes of Rwanda, DR Congo, Malawi, Mozambique and Burundi. Can you imagine what a similar movement of giving might do to provide tangible help and hope? 

There is something vastly unique about giving a gift that fulfills a need rather than a wish list – a gift that profoundly impacts a life. The greatest gift is one that is life-giving, that brings restoration, that heals, that is undeserved.

World Relief is a global humanitarian organization whose mission is to work through and empower the local Church to serve the most vulnerable. On #GivingTuesday (Dec. 2, 2014), let's come together and give powerfully by: 

1.    Meeting real needs: Purchase a gift in World Relief’s Catalog of Hope. These gifts are intended to meet the physical, spiritual, social and economic needs of the world’s most vulnerable.

2.   Serving: Between now and Dec. 2, serve your community in some capacity. Share your story with @WorldRelief using the hash tag #GivingTuesday

3.   Sharing: Invite your friends to also give of themselves this holiday season by sharing about the campaign and posting on their social media encouraging others to give as they do. 

Let’s make true generosity a hallmark this holidays and give hope that renews and empowers the most vulnerable. 

Posted on November 18, 2014 .