Greg and Kerrie paged through Gospel for Asia's Christmas Gift Catalog, discussing which item they could give to a poor family in Asia. Perhaps a goat or a sheep, they thought.
Their children—Dylan, 9, and Isabella, 7—joined the conversation, but they had an idea of their own.
"Why are you getting only one thing?" one of them asked. "Couldn't we get everything?"
The 2010 Christmas Gift Catalog had arrived at their home in Australia as an insert in their local Christian bookstore's catalog, but even as an abbreviated version, "everything" added up to more than AU$2,000 (about US$2,000 at the time).
"I have to admit," Kerrie says, "my first response to them was, `It's too much, too expensive—we can't.' "
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