Archive for the Christmas Store Category


Jan 1

Christmas Store 2013 in Their Own Words – DSC Store

2014 | by Clint | Category: Christmas Store

DSC Member Tara S. shares this about here experiences at the Christmas store on December 14, 2013.

“I volunteered at the Christmas Store by greeting guests and facilitating registration.  Three sisters captured my attention as they crowded around the small registration table with their children.  They were smiling.  They seemed happy.  We laughed.  We chatted some and eventually they went to the store and received their toys.  Later, as the crowd thinned, I noticed two of the sisters still in the lobby.  They called me over and began to tell me their story.

An escape from domestic violence.  A family member entrapped in prostitution.  An eviction.  A father in prison.  A mother with chronic illness.  Suddenly, where there had been sweet smiling faces, there were now tears, uncertainly and pain.  We talked about solutions to immediate needs and I prayed for them.  I noticed the tattered kid’s craft on the table in front of us depicting Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in a manger and I said, “Let me tell you about this baby.”  I told them about our Savior, Jesus, born as a human baby into poverty, into uncertainty, into a violent, hurting humanity to purchase our salvation.

Honestly, it felt ill-timed and awkward as words seemed to fall on hard, stony ground.  Such desperate hearts in need of saving truth and yet the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of sin seem to cloud the truth. Still, I pray that those brief words spoken at the Christmas Store will shine light into darkness and the Holy Spirit will even now stir up hearts to believe. ”  – Tara

 

Dec 30

Christmas Store 2013 in Pictures – Desert Springs Church

2013 | by Clint | Category: Christmas Store

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DSC Xmas Store 2013 collage

Dec 26

Christmas Store 2013 by the Numbers

2013 | by Clint | Category: Christmas Store

This year’s Christmas store was a huge success!  Thanks and praise be to God our Father, and to Jesus Christ!

Christmas Store 2013 by the numbers:

Desert Springs Store:  121 Families served (double last year).  55 folks signed up for our Money and Me basic budgeting course in February, and 40 said they’d like to know more about Christ.  Please pray that many will come for financial counseling help in February, and that this will open the door to more spiritual conversations.

Good News Church near Houk, Arizona:  63 Families served, representing about 100 children.  DSC and Good News folks were both blessed to be a blessing to families in need this Christmas.

Cedar Hill Church (Navajo) near Counselor, New Mexico:  53 Families took advantage of the store, selecting gifts for 163 children.  Local church leaders tell us that most of the families were new to the church.  Volunteers from Desert Springs served alongside the Cedar Hill congregation members to love folks that needed help this Christmas.

East Central Ministries Store:  59 Families were served.

Juntos (Navigators) Store:  54 kiddos went through the store to get gifts for their families.  12 DSC volunteers setting up, running the store, restocking, making cookies, etc.