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As our family gathers around the tree each Christmas morning, we love the enthusiastic ripping, pulling and tearing that happens. The outer wrappings give way to reveal what is really important – the perfect gift that lies below the surface of the shiny paper.

For me, selecting that “perfect gift” for a loved one is a joyful task. It is an opportunity to focus on the unique place they have in my life. A gift expresses both what that person means to me, and acknowledges who they are. When those two things match up, I know it’s perfect!

Similarly, CBM focuses on the unique needs of communities and individuals across the globe. With your partnership, “perfect gifts” restore hope with dignity. Until December 31, a generous supporter of CBM has pledged to match your perfect gifts with her own to ensure every gift goes further.†

Here are just three people whose lives have been transformed through the perfect gift.

Ammar* and his family are Syrian refugees. They have been living in a tent in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon since 2014. A Christian church in Zahle blesses them with a monthly food basket. This gift is part of a CBM project that receives matching funds from the Canadian Government. Due to generous Canadians, Ammar’s family no longer worries about how they will have their basic needs met. They also have their spiritual needs met since coming to know Jesus through the witness of the church. By receiving this gift, they have been drawn into a circle of love and care in Christ’s name.

Paithoon* is a former drug-addict and prostitute in the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia, having just made it through a grueling but rewarding detox program at Operation Dawn. She received the gift of eternal life after a pastoral student of CBM’s Field Staff shared the good news of God’s love and forgiveness with her. She has personally experienced that God’s name is Emmanuel, the one who is with you always, through this difficult year. That was the best gift ever!

In a remote village in the Kivu region of the DR Congo, Madeleine*, who is a widow, received the gift of hope and healing after their local church provided her family with the Ebola vaccination and hygiene training. The shadow of death hung over her for months as she witnessed the horrific suffering of friends and neighbours from this virus. That has now been replaced with a renewed promise of life because of the diligent work of local churches who are faithfully serving their communities to restore health.

Each of these stories highlights a deeper gift behind the wrapping. In some cases, it took months or even years to help build a strong enough relationship to present the gift. In other cases, it was as serendipitous as an unexpected present from a friend.

However, there are many, many more women like Paithoon, more families like Ammar’s and more widows such as Madeleine. We want to meet them this coming year and present them with the perfect gift of a transformed life through the hope found in Christ’s love.

This Christmas, please partner with me and all of us at CBM to help reveal the true, perfect gift: Emmanuel, God with us. And like Simeon, who met the Christ child in the temple, they will be able to say, “My eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all people.”

Terry Smith

Executive Director

*Names have been changed to protect the identity of those we serve.
†Donations received in response to this letter will be matched up to $25,000.
In the event a particular project or program is oversubscribed or where local conditions prevent implementation,
CBM will redirect your donation to where it is needed most.
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