Mission trip is coming up quickly, and we want you to be ready to go! We are leaving on, July 2 at 8:00 am. We will return late in the evening on Saturday the 9th. As you pack, please keep in mind that space is at a premium and we have a lot of stuff to take. All your clothes/toiletries need to fit in a carry-on sized bag. To meet that goal, don't pack more than one pair of clothes per day. You can also bring a smallish backpack/soccer bag on the bus with you. The weather is cooler and dryer there, so you won't need a lot of extra clothes (dry fit is your friend). Here's the packing list:
1 pair of close-toed shoes or hiking boots
1 pair of sandals (or a light weight pair of shoes)
Also note that your mobile data will likely be shut down while we're out there. See you Saturday!
Christmas is about giving, or at least that's what we want to believe. However, experience has taught us that Christmas is usually a time when we focus more on our wish lists than how we can bless others.
But we're no longer satisfied with that.
All around us is great need, but it can be hard to see when we live in such abundance. It's time to make a change. This year we want to experience the joy of saying no to receiving and saying yes to giving generously. We want to know the fulfillment of sacrificing so that someone else might have enough. We want to take a stand, turning away from our overabundance so that another might survive. This year we want to make a real difference.
And we can. The One Gift Campaign is an opportunity to celebrate and embody what Christmas is really about - God giving of himself and becoming like us. This great generosity came at a huge personal cost, but through it we received the greatest gift the world has ever known. We're challenging teenagers to begin living this out by saying no to One Gift this Christmas and asking their parents to give that money to those in need though World Concern. We are challenging them to give the following letter to their parents (it may even by why you're here).
"Dear Mom or Dad, This year I want to make a difference in the world by saying no to myself and saying yes to someone else. Need is all around us and I want to help, so this year for Christmas, I’m asking for something different. I’d like you to cross one gift off my wish list and let me use that money to help someone else instead. We are collecting money to give to those in need through World Concern. This money will be used to vaccinate and educate children, dig wells, and teach communities to farm. By passing on one gift of, say, $25 dollars this year, my gift can join in wit the gifts of my peers and friends to make a huge difference for people in desperate need. Please help me by crossing one gift off my Christmas list and instead writing a check to Adams Blvd Church of Christ for the price of that gift. In the memo line, write “one gift.” Thanks for helping me make a difference.
One hundred percent of the proceeds collected through the One Gift Campaign will be given to Wold Concern, and the best part is, the teens will be the ones deciding how to spend the money. They will be in charge of deciding which projects receive what funds, so it will be their sacrifice and their passion that makes a lasting difference in the lives of those who need it most.
Please remember to write "One Gift" in the memo line, and thank you for your being a part of the One Gift Campaign.