Coming up to Christmas, here’s 10 top gifts for those with a heart for travel and for Jesus.
- A travel experience
Experiential gifts are not everyone’s cup of tea, but travellers will normally respond well to them. A voucher for a stay at somewhere stunning. Money off flights. A particularly unmissable experience in a place they are going to. Yes, it’s money quickly spent, but we all have things we value, and its so often memories for a lifetime.
2. A holiday for a single missionary
Sound weird? In my introduction to my book, I mentioned a lass who was in an Islamic setting who couldn’t holiday by herself without cultural shame or danger. All she needed to get time off was someone to come and say that they were happy to go somewhere with her – easy! Even male missionaries can be like that (much to my surprise). I was in a classy holiday resort with a male missionary recently and was solicited by so many local female resort workers, that I was very glad to have someone else to point me to Jesus!
3. Reading vouchers for something they can take with them
Dan’s solo cycle round the world was enhanced greatly by his pastor giving him a reading list of all sorts of incredible things to read. He grew so much in his faith through reading, particularly in the countries where no-one spoke English and he had hours to spare! Why not buy some Kindle books for someone?
4. Money for photos to be printed/framed/put on canvass
Travel memories will be incredible, but having a few photos rarely goes amiss!
5. Travel resources for those with kids
Travel can be easily perceived to be a thing for single people. But the percentage of the industry revenue that comes from single parents travelling with kids, or families travelling, is increasing and very significant. But what about those who do find it hard to travel with kids? Well, I’ve already mentioned these incredible resources from Immeasurably More Designs, made to increase their knowledge and enjoyment of the world, as well as being mad fun to play with! Check them out here.
6. Travel experiences for those not able to travel
How about doing something to take a disabled friend out on a trip, or an experience that let’s someone less privileged capture the magic of the world around us?
7. Shaping your travel plans around visiting mission partners
It may cost you a little more, but why not visit that mission partner of your church, and find out about their lives and context, so that you can better pray for them in future? Or how about sending their kids a prezzie or two, so that Christmas day away from home can still be exciting for them?
8. A gift of hospitality
What money do you ever set aside to serve those who visit our lands? Most people mentioned in the book of Acts came to faith while they were away from home. If you don’t have time to meet such people yourself, why not donate regularly to the local International Student Cafe outreach near you, or to a River Community that reaches travelling people with the good news of Jesus? They’d love to even hear of people supporting them!
9. A gift to those we meet
For myself, as a student or young professional, I always cringed when (and if) I made it to a church service of an amazing church where I was visiting as a holidaymaker, and the offering plate was passed around. I knew that I was spending several hundred on my week away, and would continue to do so that day on things. But I would never dream of putting money in the collection. Similarly with those I was visiting – rarely did I think of going out of my way to give them something lavish, instead of treating myself. Or simply to the needy person I encountered on the street in one place. Buying them lunch would be no harm to them, to my pocket, or society. But I hadn’t budgeted for giving money to others. I touch on ethical situations like this in Appendix 1 of the book.
10. Oh go on then…
Well you’ve probably guessed by now. Number 10 might be a certain book on Travel that I recently wrote. Or if you’ve read it already, why not buy a copy for a travelling friend and read it with them? Oh, so you’ve done that too? Well, hosting an evangelistic gathering on the theme would be easy to do and not too expensive!