In sunny California the Christmas shopping season is about to begin. But members of Ascension Lutheran Church, Thousand Oaks, won’t necessarily be handing over their credit cards to Macy’s.
Forget about new clothes and the latest technological gadget. In this congregation it’s all about goats. Or water. For the past six years, members have encouraged one another to give alternative gifts. And each year they choose a particular project under their “Gifts of Hope” campaign.
Because of their 2006 generosity, clean water flows freely in a village in Kenya.
|Amanda Berg (left) and Mary Wennes, members of Ascension Lutheran, Thousand Oaks, Calif., stand with Samuel (last name unknown), a water engineer, in Kenya, where clean water flows due to the generosity of the congregation’s annual “Gifts of Hope” campaign.|
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