Among the items you can buy are:
- $100 – 8 chickens for a hungry family (or 4 for $50)
- $100 – A goat + 2 chickens
- $2000 &ndash 28 farm animals, including 2 cows, 2 sheep, 2 pigs, 2 goats, 20 chickens
- $70 – One llama ("a godsend for a family in South America")
- $150 – Stock a school with books ("Matching corporate grants multiply your gift x14, $2100 total value")
- $575 – 2 Oxen and a plow
- $60 – 10 fruit trees ("sweet smiles on kids' faces")
- $20 – Mosquito nets for one family
- $96 – Education for 3 children (tuition, supplies)
- $240 – feed a child for a year
- $18,000 ‐ drill a deep well for clean water
- $64 – Christian education for 2 children ("in former communist countries")
WTF? A "Christian education" is on the same list as food, water, and malaria-fighting mosquito nets??
I can't think of anything less useful to a developing country than Christianity. It doesn't feed anyone, it doesn't cure or prevent disease, it and doesn't improve nutrition. In fact, Christianity, especially the Roman Catholic church, is to a large degree responsible for much of the overpopulation, failure to control the AIDS epidemic, and the resulting famine and death that are currently decimating parts of Africa.
I applaud the motivation behind the The World Vision Gift Catalog, and hope their unique marketing technique is a big success. And I'd like to think that inclusion of a "Christian" education is simply a way to appeal to even more contributors. But I have to wonder: Is there any true Christian who might not contribute to this good cause, but upon seeing "Christian education," decided to contribute? I surely hope not – that would be a very un-Christian attitude, wouldn't it?
In fact, I find it fairly detestable that any Christian would put proselytizing over the food and health of children around the world. I hope this "gift" is one of their least-popular items.