It’s that time of year again…Christmas. Time to fight the crowds, deck the halls, and go in debt up to your eyeballs buying presents you can’t afford for people you don’t like so they can have something they don’t need. Okay, I hope that’s not the way you really feel. I know I don’t. I love this time of year, and all the elements surrounding Christmas. But I still struggle with keeping the “consumer” side of Christmas in check.
So with all the “baggage” that has been attached to Jesus’ birthday celebration, can Christmas really still change the world? There’s a movement underway called The Advent Conspiracy that is offering a challenging message of hope. The promo video below says it all. We can change ourselves and how we see Christmas, and help solve world water problems at the same time. It seems like an impossible problem, but with just a fraction of what is spent on Christmas every year we can impact millions of lives.
The Advent Conspiracy was started in 2006 by Chris Seay in Houston, who I had the pleasure to meet last year, and he is offering a challenge to us this Christmas to help bring a well to an orphanage in Haiti (see video below).
If you can contribute and help the Advent Conspiracy bring clean water to those in need around the world please go to the website and buy a gift card for the people on your Christmas list, and then pass this information on to your church and your network of friends and family so they can join you in the conspiracy!
If you have a story about how the Advent Conspiracy and other groups like it have helped “change Christmas for you” please share it by leaving a comment. Thanks and Merry Christmas!
Worship Fully. Spend Less. Give More. Love All.