Scott Hodge


What A Gift!

Jan 2, 2008


This Christmas we challenged our church community to make relational gift giving a priority with our families and loved ones.  The idea behind this was to focus on giving gifts that will last far beyond just this season.

We then asked people to take whatever money they saved by giving relationally and to give it on Christmas Eve so that we could redistribute it to those in need.  Our plan was to split it right down the middle and give half to a clean water project in Africa and then give the other half to a local organization in Aurora who provides food and other essential items to those in need.

Well, let me tell you…  I am BLOWN AWAY by the response!  Get this…

$22,700.00 was given for Advent Conspiracy! 

(I think I need one of those tongues shirts…)

But seriously, I can’t even begin to tell you HOW HUGE this is!  What better way to celebrate the birth of Jesus then by showing His love to those in need?!

I’ll tell you…  I am SO PROUD of The Orchard Community.  I love how missionally you all think and live! 

I cannot WAIT to see what what’s ahead in 2008!

2 Responses to “What A Gift!”

  1. Jason Gordon says:

    Wow! That is awesome Scott! It is always great to be encouraged by stories of Christ Followers following Christ!

  2. Hey Scott! Got a google alert for your blog regarding your [AC] project! Praising God with you for the amazing work done!
    We’d love to hear more-we’re collecting reports now and would love it if you could share on our site as well when you get a we’ve only heard from about 25 churches/families and so far over $1 million has been redistributed both locally and globally by people like you who have worshipped differently this Christmas-beautiful!
    Thanks so much for being a part of it! ~Jeanne

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