Christmas Giving

By: Jim Klein

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
— Matthew 2:10-11

When I think about celebrating Christmas, my mind immediately returns to my childhood when I heard the Christmas story. I remember helping my grandfather feed the livestock before heading to church; the smell of the barn, the clean straw and the cattle chewing their food all come back to me.

I love to read and tell the story every Christmas Day to my children and grandchildren, gathered together in our living room. Telling the story and sharing Jesus – that is what Christmas is all about. Acts 1:8 Ministry is committed to sharing Jesus through Planned Acts of Christian Kindness (P.A.C.K.) as we help churches, groups, and individuals reach out to the lost in their community. Below are a few stories of how P.A.C.K. has changed peoples' lives and strengthened the body of Christ.

My church did a Planned Act of Christian Kindness event at a local department store, in which we washed car windshields in the parking lot. The owner of a car approached us as we were washing her windshield. She was amazed that people even cared about her, so we prayed for her and shared the Gospel with her. She broke down and cried and told us that she was going to commit suicide that night, because she though nobody cared for her. She ended up not committing suicide. We connected her to our church, helped her find a home and get back on her feet.

We are so grateful to Acts 1:8 Ministry for providing the free resources and training to help us reach lives in our community through Planned Acts of Christian Kindness. We are so committed to this ministry of Christian Kindness, as it is literally helping us save lives with the Gospel.
— Jill, Wisconsin
Our church has been performing no-cost P.A.C.K. (Planned Acts of Christian Kindness) events every month such as sweeping markets, cleaning toilets, washing cars and motor bikes, doing hospital visitations, doing HIV/AIDS awareness clinics, and hosting community sports events.

Because of the success of our P.A.C.K. events, we have been able to plant 3 sister churches in Kenya and we are networking with more than 30 local churches while we trust that the people will submit to God. We join our hearts together in prayer as we advance His Kingdom.
— Duncan, Kenya
My church’s Evangelism Team went to one of the laundry mats in town with a lot of quarters. We paid for peoples’ laundry. Every time we do these P.A.C.K. events, we almost always have new visitors at our church. Jesus said that if we lift up His name, He would draw all men to Him. I see that happening now!
— Chad, Kentucky

We are asking you to consider a financial gift to our ministry this Christmas. We are only able to carry out this mission with help from individuals like you. We have been blessed with a commitment from the Ruud Foundation with a matching gift opportunity. Any and all gifts from $500 to $5,000 will be matched dollar for dollar. Yes, dollar for dollar! Please take a moment to pray about your capability to help provide resources for this ministry. Give the gift of Jesus to the soul searching for their Savior.

Gifts of cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and real estate can provide the needed resources for Acts 1:8 Ministry to function and spread our mission of training Christians to evangelize through kindness. If you would like to give a gift to Acts 1:8 Ministry, please contact our office at 920-494-2289, mail your gift to 2145 S. Oneida Street, Green Bay WI 54304, or give online.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and gifts!

Jim Klein is Acts 1:8 Ministry's retired Mission Advancement Director. In Jim's 29+ years of experience in the financial and estate planning field, he helped fellow Christians with their financial and estate planning for the benefit of their families and the Lord’s work! Learn more about leaving a Christian legacy.