This winter we’re aiming to help clothe 200 Mongolian kids with warm winter jackets, boots to keep them cosy and healthy throughout the cold months. The families who receive winter kits can’t afford the kind of clothing needed to keep their children warm in extreme temperatures. Sometimes it gets as cold as -35 degrees celsius and for kids who don’t have the right gear, that is one of the main reasons for them not attending school! Genesis Asian Outreach Mongolia (GAOM) selects kids aged 6-14 years who are identified by social workers, local authorities and churches as needing extra help. Many of these children are living in challenging situations – for example, orphans, kids with single-parents who are temporarily living in another family’s overcrowded home, or kids who’re expected to take care of their disabled parents.
Local churches are involved in distributing the Winter Kits, so church leaders and volunteers get the opportunity to connect with these families and form a network of support around them. Not only do they receive warm clothing, but also encouragement and hope by hearing the message of God’s love for them and seeing it demonstrated in a real way. By contributing financially to purchase Winter Kits, we are assisting the local church in Mongolia to demonstrate love and faith through their actions. (James 2 15-17 “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”)
You Can Help!
Will you help keep a disadvantaged Mongolian child cosy this winter? Either a one-off payment of $120 or $10 per month will do it!
Donations can be set up to: 01-0434-0091261-02 (reference: “Mongolia Winter Kits”) or click the button below to donate via credit card with paypal.
Colour In and WIN!
Click here to download our Winter Kits colouring-in competition and enter the draw to win a family pass at Snow Planet (in Silverdale, north of Auckland). The pass includes all day access to the indoor ski-slope for two adults and two children, including gear hire (valued at $320). Engaging kids in this activity creates a great opportunity to help them become aware of life and needs outside their own. Simply print off the pdf, colour it in, take a photo of it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct 21st, 2019. The winner will be announced by Oct 31.
So what is it like receiving a Winter Kit?
Delgermurun, 10 years old: “My mother bought me an old winter coat from the second hand shop. My boots were handed down to me from my older brother. I was worried about winter because I thought I would be very cold. Because of the Christians, I now have nice warm clothes! Thank you.”
These three children live with their mother, father and five other siblings (two are adopted). Their mother Aliima says “My husband and I don’t have proper jobs so it is very difficult for us to provide for our children. We are very grateful for your support by giving warm winter clothes to our children.”