Archive for February, 2009

Lasting Effects of Loving All

The Christmas season may have appeared and disappeared in a flash, but the impact that participating in Advent Conspiracy had on our community and many others around the world is certainly lasting.

Here on the blog and elsewhere, you shared your stories of how taking back the meaning of Christmas affected your celebration of Christ’s birth. From personal choices of buying one less present and giving relational gifts of time & experience to slowing down your pace of life and taking time to think about the God-who-became-man, our church had the opportunity to restore the scandal of Christmas.

But the effects of Advent Conspiracy didn’t hit just our community alone; because of the generosity of so many, we were able to give away over $180,000 to global partnerships around the world. Here’s where it’s going:

water-wells70% was given to Food for the Hungry to build wells and provide health education in the Peruvian Amazon.

10% was given to Beacon of Hope to purchase a CD4 counter, which will provide life-saving medications for those living with HIV in Ongata Rongai and Kware, Kenya.

10% was given to our middle school students who distributed the money to the following needs in Honduras: 

  • honduras-campamentoClean water projects through Living Water International – building wells & providing clean water
  • Campamento Cerro de Luz – the students’ partnership in Honduras and the place where they join local Honduran students for week-long Bible camps. The money given will replace the A/V system which had been stolen.
  • Blackhawk’s Playground in Orica – the money given will complete the work on the playground which began years ago.
  • For more information on the above, please contact Jon Anderson, Director of Middle School Ministries.

10% was given to our high school students who distributed the money to the following needs in Romania:

  • cimg6907Housing, food, and job & life skills training for young adult orphans through Humanitas Pro Deo (HPD), or People for God – on the site, click on “Project,” then “Craiova Projects.”
  • Support for & ministry to severely mentally and physically disabled orphans and young adults through Ethos Open Hands.
  • An endowment for two Romanian boys that the high school ministry adopted.
  • For more information on any of these, please contact Lief Erickson, Director of High School Ministries.

If you have additional questions, please contact Mary Anderson.

Please continue to pray for these communities and those who will put this money to good use there. What a privilege to be a part of God’s kingdom work!


Love All

Act Local: Share gifts of time and resources with those in our community. At the Impact Tree in the Atrium, find opportunities available for individuals, families and life groups. All the information you need will be on the cards by the Tree. Take a card – put an ornament on the tree.

Give Global: On Sunday, December 13 during services, we'll take up an Advent Conspiracy offering (a direct result of spending less) to give towards clean water projects and wheelchair needs in Honduras, Kenya and Romania. If you won’t be able to join us at services on that day but still want to participate, just write "Advent" in the memo of your check and drop it in any of the offering boxes.