The Advent Conspiracy

This year, our family is doing Christmas a little differently!

For the last couple of years we have tracked with a growing movement of churches around the nation that are forgoing the consumerism and commercialism of the American Christmas season to rediscover the joy of Incarnational giving. The Advent Conspiracy began in 2006 and has grown to include thousands of churches around the nation
You can learn more about the Advent Conspiracy at www.adventconspiracy.org

I had previously shared some of our thoughts and struggles around the craziness of Christmas in a previous blog post entitled: Calling of Christmas. Obviously calling the celebration of Christ’s birth off is not the point, but if you read the post you will get the gist of it.

So, as we enter another season of shopping and mass consumerism, and as the store chains all over town stock their shelves and raise their prices for the most profitable shopping month of the year, we are encouraging our friends to do something quite contrary to what the Christmas season has become.

Noel No Well
This year, our family will be getting certificates from us, letting them know that we gave the gift of clean water (on their behalf) to the orphans, widows, and “least of these” at the Bukedea CarePoint in war torn Uganda. And, we are asking that they forgo giving us gifts for Christmas and rather consider giving a small gift of $25 instead towards the well project. 
We are calling this project “Noel NoWell”

We (and several of our equally weird friends) are asking everyone we know to consider making just one small change to the way they celebrate Christmas this year…by considering giving a gift (just a small one) to the person who is “the reason for the season”. 

We need just 200 people to give the one time gift of $25 this Christmas towards the Bukedea well and we will be in a position to have the well dug upon our return to Uganda next Spring

You can learn more about how to give, and how the money is being appropriated at the Orphans of Teso webpage. The specifics of this Christmas campaign are at 
Its His Birthday
And of course, you could also always consider sponsoring one of the children at the Bukedea or Ogoloi CarePoints for Christmas this year. Caeden, our 5 year old told Grandma this year that he would rather not get gifts because it is Jesus’ birthday. She likely thinks we have just brainwashed him….but he is incredibly sincere about it.

So…she did!
And the Joke is that Caeden has so little idea of the impact he is really having in one more child’s life by taking a stand like that. Its such a beautiful thing.

I truly believe that if we step away from the madness of our lives (in this case the Christmas season – but in all other areas as well) we will realize how much satisfaction there is tied up in the selfless and other-centric life that Christ intends for us.

Thanks for considering this “out there” Christmas proposition….to give a Christmas gift, to Jesus, on the day we celebrate His Birth.

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

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