Friday, October 28, 2011

Shop with a Purpose

It is hard to believe that Christmas is less than two months away, and now is a great time to begin knocking those gifts off your list! Ever since we traveled to Ethiopia for Silas’ adoption, Troy and I have a completely different perspective on Christmas shopping and the commercialism that surrounds Christmas in America.  We vowed that we would do our best to keep Christ at the center of any traditions we establish with our children, and that we would try to make as many of the Christmas gifts that we give benefit more than just the recipient of the gift.  This year I would like to invite you to do the same with your shopping, and I have a great way to assist you with that!

A little over a year ago, my husband,Troy, had been praying about a way to combine his passion for adoption/orphan care with the skill set God gave him(computer programming), and God faithfully answered that prayer.  It was soon thereafter that the concept of Olive Tree Promise was born.  For the next nine months,Troy spent many, many late nights developing this website to help adoptive families bring their children home.  The website was officially launched in July 2011, and multiple adoptive families have been blessed through it.  A unique feature on the sight is that you can search for families adopting from a specific country God has laid on your heart(click here to see that feature). The site has a good variety of products available or you can make a donation for items such as mosquito nets or baby formula in someone’s honor.  That would make your gift have a triple purpose!  I think the donation gifts are great for those people that are especially difficult to buy for because there aren’t too many people that wouldn’t appreciate a gift that is helping someone else.  Also, one of my favorite products are these Hope Ornaments that I plan to purchase in honor of our daughter.  It will be a tangible reminder that she is with us in spirit this Christmas season!

So that is it.  It is really quite easy to make your shopping count this Christmas. Please visit Olive Tree Promise to get your shopping done early AND help adoptive families bring their children home from as many as eight different countries.  I can’t think of a better way to spend your dollars than through answering God’s mandate to care for the orphan.  Blessings to you and your families during this upcoming wonderful time of year!

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