Missions Blog

Nov 17

Christmas Store 2014 – Buy Gifts, Build a Bridge, Be a Mentor!

Click here or the image to watch this year’s Christmas Store video:  Buy, Serve, Mentor



As in years past, we are seeking to help families who cannot afford gifts for their children while making sure we don’t rob dignity in the process.  There are few joys as great as being able to provide for your own family and to give your children gifts they enjoy.  We want to love parents as they love their children.  Yet we also want to help long term.  This year we are coupling the Christmas store more intentionally with Money and Me.  We need lots of gifts purchased, lots of volunteers to help at the store, and several folks to help as mentors through and after the Money and Me workshop.


The Money and Me workshop is a Biblically based approach to handling money with a sensitivity to how low income people view it.  When one has a cash only mentality, often living from one paycheck to the next, it is difficult to understand things like debt, interest, and how it is even possible to save.  Money and Me introduces these concepts in language that is not threatening and gives people tools that really work to pick themselves up out of the cycle that has kept them without hope.


This year we want to recruit, train, and deploy several mentors that can help the Money and Me participants implement the principles they have learned at the workshop.

For those who would like to be a mentor, the date for the training is January 10th, at Desert Springs from 9AM to 3PM.  This includes the full Money and Me workshop training.  It is really beneficial to see the whole program, as well as the portion specifically designed for mentors.

As for the actual Money and Me course, the orientation session will be Jan 29th from 6:30 to 8:30PM at Desert Springs and will introduce the participants to the materials and prepare them for the Saturday session.  It is not necessary for the mentors to attend this orientation session.  The actual workshop will be Saturday January 31st from 9AM to 1PM.  That is definitely required for the mentors to attend because they will be sitting with the students and get to know them through breakout sessions.  Also they can choose whom they want to mentor at that time or be assigned.