Welcome to Greater Gifts! We’re honoured that you’re here and want to thank you for taking the time to look through our website to see what we’re about.
Greater Gifts began in November 2017 out of the desire to reach children and communities globally; for them to see and cherish the good news about Jesus Christ. We were motivated by our sponsor children and the letters they have written to us. Because of these children, we were encouraged to start Greater Gifts with all proceeds going to Compassion.
Compassion didn’t approach us to start this organisation, rather we were so impressed by their work that we decided to support them in what they do. In January 2019, we visited some of our sponsor children and witnessed Compassion’s work in the Philippines which only increased our confidence in Compassion as an organisation. We primarily run as an online shop, however keep an eye out on Facebook + Instagram for any pop-up stalls we might be holding!
Everything we sell is something I would personally wear or have in my house and reflects people and stories that have inspired me. Everything on the site has been hand made by me. Because of the handmade nature of the pieces, every one of them will be different. They are all unique which is why you might find the patterns vary slightly between pieces. We love the handmade feel from our products and hope you will too!
We are grateful that you are joining us on this journey and pray that Greater Gifts can grow your heart and desire to reach out to others in Jesus’ name.
By the grace of God, we look forward to continuing in this mission with you.
Greater Gifts is a small but mighty team including myself (Emmy) and my husband (David) who champions and supports me in all of my crazy ideas. During the week I work full time in administration and in the afternoon I enjoy creating unique gifts to raise money for Compassion. When I’m not making or selling things, you’ll find me baking, gardening, playing music, reading books that point me to Christ or catching up with family and friends. If you’re ever driving through our small town of Kingaroy, I would love to meet you! I am forever thankful for all of the support and prayers I receive in this mission.
The best mother-in-law anyone could ask for, Beth has jumped on board with Greater Gifts from the get-go. Despite living over three hours apart she assists by making scrunchies, head wraps and all things requiring sewing. Beth works three days a week as a teacher aide and in her spare time enjoys spending time with family, cooking, camping, being outdoors, catching up with friends, helping others and children in need and praising Jesus.
A family friend from my childhood, who displays his love for the Lord by so generously creating and editing the Greater Gifts website, among many others. Spencer’s life has not been without trial, but being legally blind hasn’t stopped him from spending countless hours behind his computer producing functional works of art. In his spare time, Spencer enjoys spending time with his wife, Jessie and their cat, Pascal.
Newlywed May and her husband, Jack live in the Kingaroy area and have been so generous to voluntarily photograph all our products. May is a natural stylist and creator, spending her time growing and creating floral bouquets, exploring nature and doing graphic design.
Since November 2017, we have met multiple fundraising goals.
• Providing 10 communities with clean water ($750: 3 November 2017 – 6 March 2018)
• Enabling 30 children to receive vaccinations from preventable diseases ($900: 11 March – 20 May)
• Open a Compassion Centre in Gango, The Philippines ($10,000: 2 June 2018 – 3 November 2019)
• Sponsorship for one child for on year ($576: 4 November – current)
Since raising funds for all of the goals listed, we have prayerfully decided to put all proceeds raised towards sponsoring children through Compassion. All children sponsored through Compassion receive the following:
• Personal attention, guidance and love – Compassion partners with the local churches and their workers love and care for the children, encouraging them to discover and pursue their passions and abilities.
• Healthcare, hygiene training and supplementary food – Children receive a healthy snack or meal when they attend the Compassion program and may receive extra nutritious food if required. They receive health check-ups and learn how to take care of their bodies and form relationships.
• Educational, vocational training and life skills – Children are supported to attend and stay in school. They also receive vocational training opportunities and extra-curricular activities such as sports, field trips, music and computer training.
• Christian teaching and discipleship – Children are given the opportunity to hear the gospel message. They learn how God has shown His love for them by sending Jesus Christ, and how He has a plan and purpose for their lives.
There’s nothing better than knowing you’re making a real difference in the life of a child living in poverty.