Christmas in the Middle East

IMI Smile Team giving presents to children in N. Iraq this month

Gifts and Christmas go hand in hand – especially for children! IMI’s Smile Team in N, Iraq is still “on the go” tirelessly giving the children in our Sponsorship Program and children who are not in the program a very special Christmas program with skits, songs, handing out gifts of several types and sharing the message of Christmas – Jesus’ birth and gift of salvation.

In Baghdad, our team is preparing a very special Christmas program for all the children and parents along with gifts and food. The children are VERY excited for this time!

In Egypt, IMI’s team will hold the children’s Christmas party on December 24. Each child will receive a gift and a thermal mug!

For many “background” Christians, celebrating Christmas is a tradition, much like in many countries. Our hope is that as our teams share the reason Jesus came as a baby in a manager, that families will continue to hear a reason for hope and salvation will come to their homes.

While some Muslims celebrate the season as a holiday and gift-giving season, it’s not celebrated in the religious sense, as they believe God has no son. Most are not aware of the true story of Christmas or the significance of God with us, or, Emmanuel.

Pray for our teams as they give of themselves even more in this very busy time of Christmas to minister to the children and families. Pray for open hearts and ears to the message of God with us this Christmas.
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Christmas for the Children Fund Update

The amounts that have come in for the Christmas for the Children Fund is $6,632 as of December 14. Thank you to those who have given so generously!!! Because of your giving, these children in the Middle East are celebrating Christmas, and some for the first time. Thank you!


Ever thought that you can donate in creative ways? We’ve listed a few ways below that may get you thinking:

AMAZON SMILE: Simply choose to buy through the Amazon Smile program, choose Indigenous Ministries and continue buying as normal…doesn’t cost you anything and we get a check a few times a year! The last check from Smile to IMI was for $74.50.

EMPLOYER GIFT MATCHING: Many employers will match gifts given by employees to a charity or nonprofit of their choice. Indigenous Ministries Fed ID is 30-0190690.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS: Let people know you support Indigenous Ministries and/or sponsor a child! Invite them to our website.

ONLINE SALE: Sell items on Facebook Marketplace, ebay or Etsy and donate part or all of the proceeds to Indigenous Ministries.

DONATE YOUR TAX REFUND: If you receive a refund next year, consider donating some or all of your tax refund to change lives!

ASK FOR GIFT DONATIONS: If you don’t need anymore “stuff,” when people ask what you want for Christmas or your birthday, suggest a donation to Indigenous Ministries! You can specify Children, Vocational Training for Youth, Grace Bible College, etc.

SUBSCRIBE (& CLICK THE BELL) TO INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL: When we reach 1000 subscribers and have more regular views, we will be able to monetize the channel. Check out over 130 videos!

DONATE your cash rewards, points or miles directly to Indigenous Ministries: most credit card companies have instructions on their websites; look for a charity link.