Re-Post: The best Christmas gift you could give or receive this year …

It’s not too late to participate!
Q: What do you give to the person who already has more than they need? (Or what do you put on your wish list when you have more than enough shirts and scarves already?)
A: A goat?
Well, sort of: Give them the gift of generosity.
That’s why my wife and I are giving a number of people a goat for Christmas. Over the last few years, I’ve been honored to be part of an amazing project among the Batwa people in Burundi, which I’ve blogged about here and here. (If you have a minute, check these links out.)
To make a long story short, the Batwa are amazing people – great dancers and singers, potters and storytellers, incredibly courageous and resilient. But they are also among the worst-off people I’ve met anywhere, desperately poor, landless for centuries after having been displaced (much like Native Americans in North America), objects of prejudice, excluded socially and until very recently, politically too. Through an amazing story (which I need to share sometime), a group of these landless people were given land, from which they just reaped their first harvest (potatoes!).
You can read more about the Batwa of Matara here and see more beautiful pictures (read from the bottom up to get the story in sequence).
So … here’s what Grace and I are doing this year. We’re giving a Christmas gift on behalf of some family members to the Batwa of Matara in the form of goats and cows. Well, we’re not sending gift-wrapped goats and cows, but we’re sending money to Claude Nikondeha of, who is managing the Batwa project for Community for Burundi, so that goats, cows, and other farming resources can be purchased for them locally (which is good for the local economy).
We’ll be making home-made cards that say, “A goat was given in your name to the Batwa of Matara,” along with this link where they can learn more and spread the word:
If this idea makes sense to you, I’d be so grateful if you’d follow this link and click on “donate to matara.”
A goat costs about $45 (they hope to give two to each family – a total of 56) and a cow costs $1250. You can make up a little card (you can easily pull photos from the site) and on Christmas morning, tell the story of why you’ve decided to give a goat or cow in their name. Somehow, I think this gift of necessities for others honors the birth of Jesus a lot more than giving luxuries to people who are already over-burdened with storing their excess luxuries. Maybe you could put GOAT or COW on your wish list?
Our little circle of online friends could easily meet this opportunity. And just think – it would save you hassling at the mall and giving people shirts and scarves they don’t really need, because you could make this happen with a few clicks on our computer, right now, by going here and clicking on “donate to matara.”
Please consider this. I’ll let you know what happens after the New Year.