Archive for the Christmas Store Category


Aug 11

Serving Beyond the Christmas Store – Training August 23rd

2014 | by Clint | Category: Christmas Store,Local,Love INC,Mission Opportunity

Want to help the impact of the Christmas store last longer than one holiday season?  Read below about how you can be trained and mobilized as a “Money and Me” mentor…

Steve D., DSC member and Love INC. liaison writes:

Christmas Store is a ministry of Desert Springs Church that touches a lot of people, those in need in the  community as well as DSC members.  It provides an opportunity for we at DSC to meet people in need that we probably wouldn’t otherwise.  But it only lasts a day and the people we meet need more than just some gifts for their children.  They need to get control of their money and financial futures.  That’s where “Money and Me” comes in.

As a part of the Christmas Store process people are invited to attend a financial workshop called “Money and Me”.  This program, designed by Love INC, addresses issues of spending and saving in a way that is easy to understand and more importantly really works for low income people.  This two day workshop, which Desert Springs will host in January, provides the knowledge to improve their financial situation but applying it is sometimes difficult.  And that’s where mentors come in.  Not only will DSC host the workshop but then we will pair up DSC mentors with participants to meet for a few months to make sure the principles and techniques taught are really applied and generate positive results for the participants.  And these principles are Biblical so what better setting to share the Gospel at the same time.

The “Money and Me” program is an excellent way to open doors to the community around us but we need to be prepared before reaching out.  Love INC provides in-depth training for workshop leaders as well as mentors and the next training session is August 23rd.  If you are interested in being a trainer or mentor contact Steve D. at 821-0414 or sdenning4@comcast.net.

DSC Xmas Store 2013 collage

Jan 6

Christmas Store 2013 in Their Own Words – Good News Church: Houk, AZ

2014 | by Clint | Category: Christmas Store,Native American

DSC Member Rachael Brown celebrates God and her family’s experience serving at the store at Good News Church below.  Please join us in praising God for what He has done.

In Houk, AZ, among our brothers and sisters of Good News Church, we were blessed to serve 60 families through the Christmas Store ministry. Pastor Chee was working hard to reach out to his neighbors and community, and we were privileged to lend a hand. Although overall we felt as though we could have given so much more in the face of great poverty, we are pleased to present the following top ten list for Good News Christmas Store 2013!

10. Our daughters wrapping presents… err, learning to wrap presents.

9. Local girls on the Rez keeping the Mancini/Brown basketball team down by 12 the whole afternoon.

8. Walter Dougherty calling out Christmas store numbers bingo-style.

7. Memo Ochoa agreeing to not put Audra Iverson in a video only if she agreed to wear a helmet cam while wrapping presents.

6. Setting aside one of the busiest weekends of the holiday season for time focused on kingdom work alongside our spouses and children.

5. The hospitality of our brothers and sisters at Good News Church: presents for the kids and fry bread and stew for everyone.

4. Chuck and Cindy Harper loving and serving on the Rez and Brian and Laura Hendrix making the Christmas Store machine work with grace and kindness.

3. Our community group building new bonds in service to the Lord, encouraging each other and learning about one another’s gifts.

2. Pastor Chee praising God in his native tongue and inviting folks to church.

1. Marveling at God’s willingness to condescend to the broken sinners of DSC and Good News Church to demonstrate his love for the poor, lost, and hurting.

Praise be to Our Great God that He not only came to save sinners, He graciously condescends to use us to show His love to sinners!  Praise be to Him for His kindness in allowing us to be a part of His body at work.  Praise Him that His gospel is enough not only for salvation but also for the redemption of our meager efforts to love as He has loved us!  May He be pleased to finish the good work He has begun in us through opportunities for missions such as the Christmas Store.  Please pray with us that those served by the Store would know something of God’s tender, personal love for them and would ultimately rest in Him alone for their salvation and hope.

Jan 2

Christmas Store 2013 in Words and Pictures – Cedar Hill Church

2014 | by Clint | Category: Christmas Store,Native American

Join us in giving God glory for what He did, and is still doing at Cedar Hill Church through the Christmas Store

Click here or on any photo to see more:

Cedar Hills Collage

 

DSC Deacon Marvin Gibson writes:

“Once again, DSC was privileged to be used to bless the Cedar Hill Church, pastored by Tully Butler in Counselor, New Mexico on the Navajo reservation. Our Christmas Store team from DSC consisted of 16 adults and children that supported the ‘on the ground’ effort plus the many more at DSC that made this blessing possible with their generous donation of gifts for the Navajo community, may God get the glory. It was a blessing to again work alongside the members of the Cedar Hill congregation, Pastor Tully Butler, his wife, and his daughter, Efren Butler. This year the team from DSC was specially blessed to see the Cedar Hill church catch the outreach objective of Christmas Store and step up and serve alongside the DSC members; even getting about 8 members from Cedar Hill to wrap gifts for the Christmas Store participants.  53 Families took advantage of the Cedar Hill Christmas Store, selecting gifts for 163 children.  Pastor Butler and Efren let us know that most of the families that participated in the Christmas Store were not members of Cedar Hill church or any church; and he said three families were going to make Cedar Hill their church.

Before we opened the store, Pastor Butler prayed in his native tongue for the store, he prayed for DSC and Cedar Hills and he prayed for the unchurched that would be attending the store. A few hours later, after the close of the store, he found it hard to express his gratitude because his smile was so big. He let us know about the people that were blessed and those that came up and said Cedar Hill was going to become their church. He let us know that for many, the gifts they selected that day, would be the only gifts received that Christmas. Our hope and prayer was that we all were part of planting seeds for His Kingdom, and that we were all used by God for His glory. And our prayer would be that those free gifts those families received would point them towards the greatest gift of all, Christ our Lord.”