Advent Conspiracy is a reminder to breathe — to breathe in the grace of Christ’s love for us and breathe out his love and compassion on the world around us. By redirecting some of the money and time we might fruitlessly give to the material excesses of Christmas, we aim to re-focus our hearts, gift our friends and family with our presence, and worship Christ more fully.
This year,we are supporting children in Nicaragua through Compassion Canada.
Gifts designated “Advent Conspiracy” during the month of December will go toward two specific Compassion projects in Nicaragua:
- The Child Survival Program (CSP) is facilitated through a local church in the city of Leon. This project ensures that babies and their mothers survive and thrive in this region. This particular CSP may sound familiar, as it was introduced to us by Connie Lawson and later visited by Pastor Ian and their daughter Rachel. (Total support required for one year: $16,000)
- The Safe Learning Conditions Project is facilitated through churches at two separate locations: El Viejo and Maderas Negras (Cinco Pinos). The goal of the project is to construct safe and healthy classrooms at each of their Compassion centres. This will ensure that children will be able to learn in classrooms that are not open to the elements, eat nutritious meals prepared in appropriate kitchens, and have proper sanitation and hygiene stations.
We all want our Christmas to be a lot of things: full of joy, memories, happiness. Above all, we want it to be about Jesus. What we don’t want is stress. Or debt. Or feeling like we “missed the moment”. Advent Conspiracy is a movement designed to help us all slow down and experience a Christmas worth remembering.
WORSHIP FULLY Christmas marks the moment where God’s promise was fulfilled and love took form, tiny fingers and all. It is a moment that deserves our full attention and praise. We put Worship Fully as AC’s first tenet because we believe the level of our involvement at Christmas is based entirely on how much we are celebrating Christ’s birth. As disciples of Christ, our worship is demonstrated by our use of money.
SPEND LESS Spending less isn’t a call to stop giving gifts; it’s a call to stop spending money on gifts we won’t remember in less than a year, especially when much of it goes right onto a credit card. By spending wisely on gifts we free ourselves from the anxiety associated with debt so we can take in the season with a full heart.
GIVE MORE The most powerful, memorable gift you can give to someone else is yourself. And nobody modelled this more than Jesus. So what does this look like for you? Tickets to a ball game or the theater? A movie night? The main point is simple: when it comes to spending time with those you love, it’s all about quality, not quantity.
LOVE ALL It all boils down to love. Love from a Saviour. Love for the Saviour evidenced by love to a neighbour in need. By spending just a little less on gifts we free up our resources to love as Jesus loves by giving to those who really need help. As disciples of Christ we are His hands and feet showing His love to a broken world.
We SPEND LESS by resisting the cultural pressure to celebrate Advent through over-spending and over-consumption. Instead, we GIVE MORE! That is, we give relational, thoughtful, and meaningful gifts. We then take the money we saved and LOVE ALL by giving to those in true need. In all of this, we strive to WORSHIP FULLY by keeping our focus on Jesus and participating with Him in what He came to do, bringing hope to a desperate world.
To become a conspirator, reconsider and re-direct some of your spending this Christmas to the Compassion Nicaragua project. Gifts designated “Advent Conspiracy” may be made through all our regular giving methods and will be received until December 31, 2017.
Interested in what projects we’ve supported in the past? Visit our Past Projects page to see some of the places we’re making a difference!