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Bundles of Love, a BGEA Christmas special, Generous Giving turns 20, and a free men’s workout group

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Generous Giving turns 20. Founded by The Maclellan Foundation in 2000, Generous Giving has spent the last 20 years aiming to inspire Christians to creative and radical giving, often by telling stories and hosting conversations. Known for its small, intimate Journey of Generosity retreats (JOGs) and annual Celebration of Generosity conferences, Generous Giving has collected dozens of stories of people who are “closing the gap between what [they] make and what [they] give.” In 2020, GG launched a free one-hour online version of a JOG that viewers can watch from home. 

Online Christmas special. With many congregational Christmas traditions altered by COVID, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is offering an online Christmas special with Will Graham, son of BGEA President Franklin Graham. The 45-minute “Christmas with Will Graham”—streamed live last night (Dec. 20) and available for on-demand viewing—includes music from Mark Christian, a reading of the Christmas story, an evangelistic message, and a clip of the late Billy and Ruth Graham gathered around the fireplace with family and friends. BGEA and Will Graham have also released a free Advent devotional, “In the Presence of the King.”

Passing the baton. Lawyer Dave Redding in Charlotte, N.C., is stepping down as leader of F3 Nation, handing the reins to successor Mike Lambert. Redding co-founded F3 10 years ago, and what started out as a free outdoor workout group for local Charlotte, N.C.-area men now has 2,367 free weekly workouts involving more than 30,000 men in 30-plus states. F3 stands for Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith and aims to “to plant, grow and serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of male community leadership.” Though not a Christian nonprofit—the faith aspect of F3 is defined as “a belief in something outside oneself”—many in leadership are professing Christians

Bundles of love. From Peru to Bangladesh, local AMG International teams from 13 countries are coordinating bundles of practical gifts for children and families in poverty. AMG teams will share the Gospel as they distribute packages for Christmas with COVID-19 health restrictions in mind. The “bundles of love”—a program started in the 1960s—also benefits the local economy by purchasing the items locally.

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Christina Darnell

Christina Darnell is a freelance writer who has contributed to WORLD, The Charlotte Observer, and other publications.