5 Alternative Ways to Give This Winter

5 Alternative Ways to Give This Winter

We’ve been chatting a lot in the office about giving. It’s kind of been a big theme over the last few chilly months, with the Warm Up Winter campaign taking place and when stepping out of doors could mean being drenched in seconds, or being greeted by an icy wind.

Although we know it’s important to give throughout the year, winter definitely makes us more aware of those without adequate shelter, warm clothing, or food. Life just is that much more tough.

So what do we do?

Donating clothing …

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‘Tis The Season To Be Generous

‘Tis The Season To Be Generous

How can we put Christ back into our Christmas celebrations? Common Good executive director, Sarah Binos, shares how she’s trying to do this with her family.

What would your challenge be to Christ-followers living in Cape Town this Christmas?

First of all, it’s important to say that I haven’t figured this all out! I’m still grappling with this in my own life! My challenge to myself and to other Christians would be to consider the implications of what we’re celebrating.

Christ’s birth was incarnational – he left the …

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Why working at an NGO made me less generous

Why working at an NGO made me less generous

I’m sure most of us have had that moment when, through a deadline-infused haze, we’ve thought, “Maybe I should just quit my job and go work for an NGO.”

The thought usually brings with it a few ‘warm and fuzzies’. You ponder on all the good you can do for mankind, and how working for an NGO would surely make you a better person, right?

Part of me is hoping my mother will never read this, because, well, here’s the truth: working for an NGO made me a …

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Are our blanket donations really enough?

Are our blanket donations really enough?

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came towards Jesus – Matthew 14:22 (NIV)

If there is one miracle that Cape Town needs each winter it’s the one of Peter and Jesus walking on water. “Cape Town in winter” – a phrase that strikes a chill into anyone who’s experienced the cold, wet and windy weather that lashes the Cape this time of year.

For about two-thirds of the residents of Cape Town (that’s around one million people) it means an …

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What Is Urban Gleaning?

What Is Urban Gleaning?

Caroline Powell unpacks how we can use biblical principles to give in a way that dignifies and uplifts those we’re trying to help.

“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.” – Leviticus 19: 9-10

Based on God’s generosity …

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4 Common giving mistakes I’ve made

4 Common giving mistakes I’ve made

As Warm Up Winter kicks off, Common Good Executive Director, Sarah Binos, shares some of her personal discoveries about giving in ways that won’t erode dignity. 

Something a Common Grounder shared with me over a Sunday lunch has been ringing in my head for the last few weeks.

The thought was this: “We are all equal in Christ, but given our recent history, white people will struggle with the temptation to feel superior to other races, and blacks will feel tempted to feel inferior to whites, eroding our …

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Give Hope with Izandla Zethemba Fun Days

Give Hope with Izandla Zethemba Fun Days

This Christmas, don’t just give another box of chocolates; instead purchase a Give Hope card and enable a child to attend a fun day… Here’s more about Izandla Zethemba and why these days out are the real gift.

It’s a sunny Saturday morning in Cape Town and a group of children are ready for a day at the beach. Flip flops, hats and swimming costumes are on; towels and spare clothes are packed. The anticipation of sunshine and ice cream is visible on almost every single …

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What’s Mine is Not Mine

What’s Mine is Not Mine

What should we do with the treasures with which we’ve been blessed? Sindiso Mnisi Weeks shares how she’s grappling to let go in a culture holding on.

Psychologists describe how a significant milestone in child development is when the child begins to understand herself as a separate entity from her mother and the rest of the world. What follows shortly thereafter is the realisation that she can possess things. “Mine!” she says, “… mine, mine, Mine, MINE!”

Perhaps one of the most radical – counter-cultural … even, …

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4 Inspirational Quotes on Generosity

God has given each of us a harvest of things to give, but often it’s easy to forget that we are blessed to be a blessing. Here are four quotes to help remind and inspire us to be generous today. Which one would you stick on your fridge or car dashboard?

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P.S. For more on generosity, we recommend reading these great articles: “What Is Urban Gleaning?” and “Is It More Blessed To Give?”

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A Guide to Clearing Life’s Clutter

If your life is so full of “to do” lists and stuff that you’re battling to find God in among it all then maybe it’s time for an early spring clean, writes Richard Lundie.

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First up, a confession. If you were hoping for a step-by-step guide on how to live simpler, this isn’t it. But it will hopefully point you to the ultimate life coach: Jesus. Jesus said some radical things about how we should live in the Bible. Often so radical that …

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