Last-Minute Gifts That Make a Difference

This Christmas, give gifts that make a difference. Photo by TEAM

In just three days, many of us will gather with family and friends to exchange gifts as we celebrate the greatest gift of all. If you are still searching for a thoughtful gift to give, we have rounded up a list of gifts that make a difference, not just for the receivers but in the lives of people around the world.

TEAM is certainly not the only place you can make a great gift. Scroll through to see selections from several organizations that are spreading the gospel in word and deed, and consider giving in honor of a loved one this Christmas.

Bikes and Vehicles for Missions

Photo by Samaritan’s Purse


Evangelists in some developing nations travel from town to town to preach and teach the gospel. To access remote places, Samaritan’s Purse provides these minsters with bikes and transportation. A gift of $100 can help a preacher cover new distances as he shares the good news.

Ducks for a Family in Need

The gift of ducks through World Vision provides a sustainable investment in protein, crop fertilizer and income to a family in need. When the ducks multiply, they can be given to other families in the community.

Coats and Boots for Refugees
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Surprise loved ones by giving boots and coats to refugees in their honor this Christmas. Photo by TEAM


The global refugee crisis has allowed TEAM missionaries in Europe to serve and build meaningful relationships with new populations. A gift of boots and coats will help workers in Italy provide warmth for refugees as they weather the coming months.

The Christmas Story Translated into Five Languages

Many around the world still do not have access to the gospel in the language they understand best. Through Wycliffe Bible Translators, you can publish the Christmas story to five different language groups. This will allow thousands to have access to the gospel of Luke, written in their local language.

Trauma Therapy for Children
Photo by International Justice Mission

Photo by International Justice Mission


International Justice Mission seeks justice for the poor who are victims of violence. Your gift of a trauma therapy session will help children overcome the fear, anger and confusion resulting from their abuse and find hope. 

Retreat for Missionary Women

The spiritual and emotional cost of cross-cultural ministry can cause some missionaries to leave the field. To help prevent burn-out, Thrive Ministry hosts retreats around the world where global women can rejuvenate and recharge with holistic care. Your gift of $25 can lower the cost for a woman to attend a retreat, helping her remain focused and healthy as she serves.

Amputee Assistance 
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You can help defray the cost of a prosthetic for an amputee in Central Asia. Photo by TEAM


Land mines in the fields of a Central Asian country have resulted in the loss of limbs for unsuspecting civilians. A $10 gift to TEAM’s Wish List helps defray the cost of an arm or a leg for an amputee, restoring their spirits and dignity.

Water Wells 

Many families in developing nations must walk great distances to collect water. Your gift of a water well through Compassion will provide for the construction and materials necessary to operate a clean water well, reducing the instances of waterborne illnesses.

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TEAM - The Evangelical Alliance Mission
TEAM - The Evangelical Alliance Mission

TEAM partners with the Global Church in sending disciples who make disciples and establish missional reproducing churches to the glory of God.

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