Rich Stearns featured in USA Today article about Holiday Giving

World Vision US President Rich Stearns was featured first among prominent faith leaders Joel Osteen, Anne Graham Lotz, and others in a feature article in USA Today on their “favorite holiday gifts to give and receive.” For more ideas about gifts to give this holiday season, visit World Vision’s Gift Catalog.

His favorite gift to give:

“My wife Reneé and I have often used the holidays as a time to do the bulk of our charitable giving to our local church and a long list of organizations — from homeless shelters to schools and ministries of various types. Several years ago we involved our five kids. We decided to make a family holiday tradition out of it. We took 3×5 cards, wrote the name of a charity on each one, and laid them out on the coffee table. Each of our kids was given a handful of chips representing a portion of our giving for the year. We discussed each charity, and then we allowed the children to put down their chips on the organization they felt we should give to.”

Favorite gift he received:

“I remember visiting a village in Ghana where a grateful village gave me a live goat to take home. In a place where goats are incredibly valuable — they had given me their treasure. Of course they didn’t understand I couldn’t take it back home with me on the plane. The goat was donated to another community in Ghana about 100 miles away. But I did take home with me the generosity of those who had so little but who were willing to offer so much.”

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