Giving from the Heart

(This is the promo video about the Advent Conspiracy. I didn’t create it. I just found it last year. This year I found it again on youtube.)

This year we have decided as a family to do an “Advent Conspiracy” version of Christmas. Each child gets 25 dollars worth of gifts. The family will get photos in the form of mini flip books (Walmart Photo best price) or photo mugs of the kids (Costco Photo best price). (Along with the spice jars). Any money we save will go toward, a family mission. Mean while, 25 dollars is not very much to bless the little cuties with, so sales are very important this year. I thought of the “three wise men” gift giving idea I heard from a wise lady once. The three gifts were a book, a clothing item and a toy. Between sales and making things, I think they will have a great Christmas. I have found that it is rewarding to use my creativity, and I think the gifts mean more. I really put a lot of the thought and energy into them. This is not to make anyone feel bad! In humility, we proceed. Step by step our family is working out the details. It is just one idea of many great ideas for celebrating Christmas.

Here are some books to help get the kids into the conspiracy:

World mission:

Books can transport us into someone else’s life. They give us a greater understanding of how things work in the world. Here are some great books that shine perspective on kingdom giving and the lives they can affect.

One hen by Katie Smith Milway (How micro loans and improve the lives of many people and still maintain dignity of seeing their handy work.)

The excellent book, Beatrice’s Goat, by Page McBrier (Such a sweet story of how a gift of a goat changed the lives of a extremely poor family. The little girl was able to go to school and have a brighter future.)

Domestic Missions:

With the economic down turn, it would be good to alert the children of the needs of people in their neighborhood. Often when we prepare them, they don’t over react when they encounter an opportunity. The opportunity to show the love of Jesus to those in need.

Hunger and Homelessness by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A. (This is a workbook to learn about homelessness.)

Uncle Willie’s Soup Kitchen by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan (Uncle Willie shows his nephew what a blessing it is to serve in a soup kitchen.)

Fly Away Home by Ronald Himler (Homeless in the airport? This is a story about a father and son that are homeless and live at the airport as his father continues to look for a job.)

Tight Times by Barbara Shook Hazen (Tight times addresses the struggles of a small child when his families income decreases.  In the end, there is joy in the journey.)

December by Eve Bunting (Homelessness in the winter may sound desperate. Even so, sometimes we can entertain angels without knowing it.)

The Lady in the Box by Ann McGovern (A story of how some children learned to be kind to a homeless lady. I know it is a crazy price at Amazon. Use the picture to know that you have the right book when you find it at the library.)

–If you know of books, on missions, you love to read. Please share! I would love to read them.