November 26, 2023 | Duane Roberts
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This year, your generous gift will let the light of Jesus shine into different communities and cities, both here and around the world!
Local: Fighting Homelessness in South Florida Did you know that Broward County has over 7,000 individuals experiencing homelessness and more than 900 families who need permanent, self-sustainable housing? You can be part of the solution this Christmas. This gift will allow HOPE South Florida, Calvary’s partner, to provide services, including meals, showers, health care needs, urgent family housing, and much more. Your generosity to this year’s Birthday Gift for Jesus can help change the trajectory of a family and break the cycle of homelessness!
Global: Developing After-School Program for At-Risk Children in Romania Romania is a European country that sits at the border of Ukraine and Hungary, and it’s currently the home of Calvary’s missionary partners, Karen and Cornell Bucur, who have been planted there since 2003. This year, through Birthday Gift for Jesus, you can help develop an after-school program for at-risk children and youth in the rural village of Tinca. This program will help the children in this community increase their academic success and guarantee their rights to a high-quality Christian education. Your gift to this year’s Birthday Gift for Jesus can change a child’s life forever and give them the education they deserve.
In 2022, God used your gift in some incredible ways. Your generosity helped fund a new center and assistance program for Every Mother’s Advocate and went towards laundering an educational program, AGILE, in Italy and Kenya. To learn more about the 2022 Birthday Gift for Jesus, read below or check out the 2022-23 Annual Report.
Local: New EMA Centers and Assistance Program You can be part of creating a new legacy for generations to come! Through this year’s Birthday Gift for Jesus, you’ll help fund two brand new EMA (Every Mother’s Advocate) crisis centers for South Florida moms. These centers will help prevent family separation by providing moms in crisis with support, education, and advocacy. This gift will also go towards creating a new program that will focus on serving moms in our county jails and provide them with support, stability for their kids, and help in creating a better future for their families.
Global: AGILE Launching in Italy and Kenya Your generosity can change the trajectory of a child’s future from poverty to sustainability. Your Birthday Gift for Jesus partnership will go towards the AGILE program that helps impoverished youth learn about God’s plan for their lives and how to develop businesses to support their families and break the cycle of poverty. This program is taking off in Kenya and Italy, and your gift will help spread this to thousands of students there and beyond.
In 2021, God used your gift to serve those who serve us by providing a Mobile Relief Unit to first responders in South Florida. This gift also went towards funding a school and providing high-quality Christian education in Cartagena, Columbia. To learn more about the 2021 Birthday Gift for Jesus, read below or check out the 2021-22 Annual Report.
Local: Mobile Relief Unit Let’s create a legacy together! Through this year’s Birthday Gift for Jesus, we’ll shine the light of Jesus into the lives of those in crisis and those serving during crisis through a first responders mobile relief unit. This mobile care and refreshment unit that can be deployed when needed will be equipped with showers and toilets to serve and meet needs during times of crisis.
Global: Building a School in Colombia There is tremendous need in Cartagena, Colombia, for the gospel, and the Lord has positioned Calvary Chapel Cartagena to change the city forever. As one church in many locations, this year’s global initiative is to convert a former shopping mall in the center of the city into a school and church building, allowing us to bring Christian education, ministry, care, and hope to the people!
Educator Encouragement: Locally, we blessed local public schools who serve kids from hard places.
Lebanon Crisis Care: Globally, we provided trauma care and counseling through a mobile crisis unit for women and children in need who survived the blast in Lebanon.
2019 was a year of incredible generosity for our church, and we were so grateful to see firsthand the fruit of it. Through your Birthday Gift for Jesus donations, we gave over $200,000 to bless various ministries, such as providing care and sharing the gospel with refugees through the Made Clean Project. This initiative allowed us to minister to over 65 refugee camps and provide portable laundry stations, giving them access to clean clothes, clean water, and a tangible act of God’s love for them.
In addition because of your generosity these funds also provided opportunities for Calvary to help rebuild the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church facilities destroyed by Hurricane Dorian.
In 2018, Calvary Chapel embraced God’s heart for justice and decided to focus the Birthday Gift for Jesus donations on helping those exploited globally and locally. In Peru, through your generosity, we were able to create a hub and safe haven for those who fell victim to human trafficking, domestic violence, and other injustices. Not only did this hub help arrest the perpetrators, but it also provided care and support to their victims.
In 2017, we had our very first Birthday Gift for Jesus offering, in which we were able to show love to many displaced people across the world by providing portable laundry locations through the Made Clean Project. This project provided an opportunity for those refugee families to be able to wash their clothes and have access to clean water. Through these donations, we were able to share the love of Jesus and provide for over 10,000 people in need.