As Black Friday approaches I’d like to share something life-changing. A message of hope and life at a time when we are often focused on checking the next thing off our list. I encourage you to watch and share.
Did you know American’s spend $450 billion on Christmas each year? Read that again. $450,000,000,000. Yet it’s estimated to take $20 billion to solve the world’s water crisis. Although that first sounds like a lot of money, in comparison to the vast amount we spend this time of year it’s miniscule. That’s about 4%! Can we take this message to heart? Give more PRESENCE instead of PRESENTS this year. Give more of YOU. Instead of standing in lines and stampeding through stores, make gifts or baked goods! Enjoy the gift of that time together, and take some of the money you saved – and give it to a cause that matters. SAVE a life.
Because of Jesus’ ultimate gift of life we are able to celebrate His birth a new way this year; worship fully, spend less, give more, and love all.
My family has been a part of something spectacular the last few years at Rock Hill Community Church here in Duluth, MN. A little church with a grand mission. We’re changing the world, one Advent Conspiracy goal at a time.
In 2009 and 2012 we partnered with Living Water International to drill wells in Getcho, Ethiopia and Haryana, India bringing clean water to these villages along with a message of hope in the name of Jesus.
In 2010 and 2011 we teamed up with church planters in Hyderabad, India. First, we helped plant 13 churches and care for 130 orphans. In 2011 one of those churches faced incredible persecution and needed to move their entire village to safety. We helped them do so with the funds to rebuild huts, a well and emergency food.
So how can you make a difference? Give back. Go here and donate to our current project goals or visit Living Water International to learn more how you can give back through their efforts. Maybe your own church or organization can raise funds together. You CAN make a difference today!
Our 2013 Advent Conspiracy Goals:
- Support our local Lincoln Park Skate Shack (located a block from our church)
- The Gospel Coalition: Oriya Book Translation The Gospel as Center
- Living Waters International: Ndithini Borehole, Tawa, Kenya
Disclosure: I am in no way compensated for this post. Thoughts are 100% my own.