In 1997, during the Christmas season I was launching a new venture in Lynchburg, Virginia called the Jubilee Family Development Center, which was to become a place where kids in a nearby Habitat subdivision and a surrounding housing complex could go after school and in the evenings for tutoring and recreation.  My son, Micah, 9 years old then, wrapped up a small Christmas gift for me.  Inside, a crisp $10 bill with a handwritten note, “Dad, this is for your gym.”

I’ll always remember that Christmas gift.  And this year at Habitat Wake, I’m aware of the numerous small gifts that we receive throughout the year, but especially in this season.  This year, we have received 1150 gifts of $50 and less, many of them from individuals who are in need themselves.  I wanted to lift up their generosity as it often gets overlooked with all the fanfare around the major gifts.  These gifts totaled $36, 073 for us.  When it adds up, the impact is truly there.

There is a story from Christian scripture that brings focus to those giving small, but sacrificial gifts.  In Luke 21:1-4, we read,

“As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”                                                                                                                                               Luke 21:1-4

Blessings to all of you who trust Habitat Wake to invest your hard earned dollars in a way that is transformational for families for generations to come.  We are blessed to have all of you as our partners in this ministry.