Four years ago, Christ Church began challenging us to give as much to Jesus on his birthday as we give to family and friends at Christmas. The tagline was, “Christmas is not your birthday!” We created an endowment for the education of children overseas and, to date, have raised over $110,000. My family trimmed down Christmas so we could give more away; it has transformed us. It spread past my house; my parents have us give charitable gifts instead of giving them gifts.
My brother and I spend time together intentionally instead of spending money on each other. I’ve been blessed for having given.
Last year’s endowment income went to RTS Ministries in Haiti. In March of this year, on a Haiti trip with First United Methodist from Marion, the pastor of a church looked us in the eyes and asked us to build him a church. After much prayer and consultation with RTS Ministries, we agreed to help. We directed last year’s endowment income, about $3800, to help with the cost.
The Marion church raised the rest of the money and physically built the church in August. Since then, 90 children have started attending the school, the congregation has doubled in size, and 125 kids attend their youth group! My prayer is that your celebration of Christmas this year will make disciples, both in your family and around the world. Our entire Christmas Eve offering goes to this endowment. I pray you give and are blessed.