If you are like me, you have several people in your life who when asked what they want for Christmas, say either, "I don't need anything", "I don't want anything", or "I don't know". And chances are that someone is a man. Well, here is the perfect gift for them! It is guaranteed to please most men and it is useful too. Not only will it be a great calendar for the men in your life, the proceeds from the calendar will go to SIMAIR in Niger to help them buy another cost-efficient diesel airplane for their ministry of providing emergency transportation to missionaries in isolated areas. The calendars can be purchased on line from SIM USA. Just click on the words here: SIM USA Bookshop. That will take you directly to the web page for purchasing the calendar.
And don't we all love free gifts! I received this email from a friend and thought I'd pass along these free gift ideas (Author unknown):
1. The gift of LISTENING.
Try giving this to someone in need. And you really must listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your responses. Just listen.
2. The gift of SIGNS OF AFFECTION.
Be generous with your hugs, kisses, and gentle squeezes of the hand. Let these tiny actions demonstrate the love inside of you.
3. The gift of A NOTE:
It can be as simple as "I love you" or as creative as a sonnet. Put your notes where they will surprise your loved ones.
4. The gift of LAUGHTER:
Just cut out a cartoon, send a clever article. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."
5. The gift of a COMPLIMENT:
A simple, "You look good in blue" or "Good supper" can be of greatest value to those who may feel they are being taken for granted.
6. The gift of a FAVOR:
Help with the dishes, run an errand, babysit, etc.
7. The gift of LEAVING ALONE:
There are times in our lives when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Become more sensitive to those times and give solitude.
8. The gift of a CHEERFUL DISPOSITION:
Try to be cheerful around those you love.
9. The gift of a GAME:
Offer to play your loved one's favorite game. Even if you lose, you'll be a winner.
10. The gift of PRAYER:
Pray for your loved ones and let them know you pray for them.
Above all, at Christmas time I want to remember that giving gifts isn't the most important thing. Neither is baking pies and cookies, going to Christmas parties, sending out cards, or decorating the house. Christmas is all about God's love to us and our love to each other.
This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
I John 4:10, 11