Welcome to the Global Institute For Transformation (GIFT), a cross-denominational, 501(c)(3) ministry.
GIFT's mission involves supporting the spiritual, material and physical needs of people around the world, by working collaboratively with the Church and the global Christian community. For example: GIFT is running a "smart," sweet potato farming program to bring "The Mother Teresa of Foods" to those in dire need of food and income in places globally. (Click here to learn more.)
GIFT helps all Christians fulfill our calling identified in the Document on the Laity, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: "All of the baptized are called to work toward the transformation of the world... All of the faithful are called in various ways to share in the Church’s mission of announcing the reign of God and transforming the world in the light of Christ.”
As Pope Francis indicated in his first Palm Sunday Mass, "With Christ, we can transform ourselves and the world."
IT'S TIME FOR A FOOD FIGHT!!!
Now’s the perfect time to join a food fight. “The Great Pumpkin Food Fight,” that is!
It’s a fight for hungry people here and around the world. (FAO says 820 million of our brothers and sisters in Christ worldwide are living with hunger.) It’s a fight for those who need to experience a tangible example of Christ’s love right now. It’s a fight for justice.
Because, while far too many people don’t have enough food to eat,
will spend over $100 million dollars on pumpkins to be used primarily
as decorations. One estimate puts the pumpkin spend at $377 million. Many of these “decorations” (they’re really
FOOD!) get smashed or thrown
But we can smash this trend of wasting food, by redirecting or matching any money to be spent on pumpkin decorations toward feeding the hungry. Indeed, reducing food waste -- and making sure our God-given resources are used for the good of all -- really is a fight worth fighting! Simply make a donation to the Great Pumpkin Food Fight!
Then, donors can print the pumpkin visual that’s in the
website and use this as their decoration. (Watch the "Help Food Justice This Fall" video below)
GIFT Resources And Leadership Have Been Tapped By Multiple Churches To Advance Spirituality And To Address Unmet Physical And Material Needs
GIFT espouses and supports Christian unity
GIFT has received endorsements from both Catholic and Protestant leaders due to our focus on serving people's spiritual and physical needs.
Archbishop Elden Curtiss endorsed GIFT as “sorely needed” for our work in Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. GIFT has also received multiple Catholic Church Imprimaturs. Nazarene Church District Superintendent, Larry White, also encouraged the creation of GIFT.
GIFT has developed Spiritual resources to help Catholic and Protestant church communities and parishioners in their faith journeys and put their faith into action in exciting new ways.
GIFT leadership has been engaged to conduct faith formation seminars for Archdiocesan and local Church communities, and GIFT stands ready to work with your organization in helping to advance fervency of faith.
GIFT encourages everyone to reflect upon all the wonderful gifts our loving God has bestowed upon us (including life itself and all God's provisions) and to reciprocate with love to God for his incredible provisions and love. GIFT asserts that there's much comfort and joy in knowing that we're all brothers and sisters in the family of God, and GIFT encourages everyone to love one another as Christ loves us.
Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals -- "17 Goals To Transform Our World."
In 2015, all 193 nations in the UN committed to achieving radical goals of eradicating all poverty, ending all hunger, providing universal clean water, assuring well-being, advancing industry and jobs globally, fixing the planet, and more -- all by 2030! Fact is: this is what the Church is called to do in Matthew 25 and elsewhere in Holy Scripture. Global Institute For Transformation (GIFT) will be working with individuals, churches, ministries and the business community to advocate for fulfillment of the SDGs and to continue researching and deploying efficacious innovations to "transform our world."
Please take the time to read the following blog post on fulfilling the SDGs written by Tim Maurer, GIFT's founder, which is based on his career-long involvement in helping to set strategy for corporations, business organizations and even the White House: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/everyone-can-benefit-we-take-steps-now-fulfill-un-goals-tim-maurer? Check out this video, too, and join us in something so meaningful, so impactful, so wonderful and so worthwhile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpqVmvMCmp0/.
GIFT Has Aligned With The FATHER JOSEPH NETWORK To Help Fulfill The UN SDGS.