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Day 6 – The gift of hope

By Shashi Ghalan

Shashi Ghalan is a programme manager for Tearfund in Nepal, which is part of our Asia cluster.

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‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40)

I have been giving gifts to my nearest and dearest every year on their birthdays, but I have never offered a birthday gift to Jesus at Christmas! I was struck by this inner voice one morning in December 2020, while I was having personal time with God. ‘How can I give a gift to Jesus?’ I asked myself. I was immediately reminded of the verse in Matthew that says, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40). I soon realised that I was invited to be a good neighbour to the needy people in my context. That would be my birthday gift to Jesus. 

With the help of one of our partner staff, I was introduced to Maya* who is a survivor of human trafficking. Maya is a 45-year-old woman from a rural village in Nepal. She was trafficked to a gulf country where she spent three years of her life in misery. In the end, she returned home empty-handed and she and her family were barely surviving on the daily wage they would get in exchange for helping their neighbours. 

After hearing Maya’s story, I decided to gift her two goats. As she received the gift, tears rolled down her cheeks. She said that she had always wanted to rear her own goats. She could not help crying as she could see her dream coming true. Owning them would not only mean income, but a sense of dignity and being part of the community.

As we seek to see God’s kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven, it is important that we do our part. 

*Name has been changed for protection

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