Submitted by Chris Goff, Thomasville First UMC
Do you really want another ugly tie or a fruit cake this Christmas or would you rather change the world? One church in Thomasville is attempting to do just that this Christmas.
In fact, 2016 marks 10 years of world impact through something they call Advent Revolution. Instead of buying more “stuff” they don’t need, each of the church’s members is asked to spend at least $50 less than they normally would and instead put the money toward a project that will bless others.
If everyone participates this year they will raise $30,000 to build a church in Rwanda, complete a local Habitat for Humanity House in Thomasville, and start a small business to support their mission partners in Pakistan.
Advent Revolution started in 2007 when the people of First Methodist spent less on themselves in order to build four homes for orphans in Rwanda. Since then they have developed an ongoing relationship with the people of Rwanda and have raised almost a quarter of a million dollars at Christmas to house additional orphans, build churches, drill wells for clean water, start co-ops for widows, and support local missions like Vashti, The Rescue Mission, and launching the Back Pack Buddies Foundation.
“We had no idea of the long term impact we’d have when we first started Advent Revolution 10 years ago” said Chris Goff, director of missions at Thomasville First United Methodist Church. “But in addition to blessing hundreds of others, it has really helped us keep our focus at Christmas and do something that would honor Jesus as we celebrate his birth.” Christmas was, after all, meant to change the world.
Learn more at www.adventrevolution.com, or contact Chris Goff, Director of Outreach, at Thomasville First United Methodist Church (229-226-0840).