a different kind of christmas


  • overview

    Each year, in an effort to keep Jesus Christ the focus of Christmas, Desert Spring Church does Christmas a little differently. 

    In lieu of receiving a gift, we give to the selected partner. We intentionally choose ambitious projects that will stretch us, gifts worthy of Jesus' birth.


    How do we raise the money? We ask Desert Spring folks to willingly give up receiving gifts and instead to participate in the mission. And, instead of giving gifts to people who don't really need them, we ask people to give gifts in honor of friends and family by participating in the mission. We ask Desert Spring children if they would like to give up receiving one gift in order that those funds go to the mission.


    The goal of "A Different Kind of Christmas" is simple; let's make Christmas about Jesus!

  • 2018 A different kind of christmas


    cambodian street children's ministry

    Throughout the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh, communities of “shack-towns” are set up. New families arrive weekly joining the squalor.

    Children live as “street children” searching for a means to provide for their own survival. Older children are watching over their younger brothers and sisters. Many are living with small groups of other children.

    Some children have living parents with HIV/AIDS or other serious ailments; without choices, they entrust their children to orphanages. Recently the Government has moved these marginalized families to communities away from the city where there are no schools, no sources of income, no clean drinking water, and no spiritual, economic, or health access and support. 


    The goals of the Cambodian Street Children's Ministry (CSCM) are to provide basic needs to meet day-to-day challenges: clean water, food, clothing, housing, spiritual guidance and community.

    But just as important, its goal is to help the children discover the life outside their community of poverty, and that a brighter future is possible!


    Through CSCM, children on the margins are provided with survival support. Children are taught respect and trust. Children are provided education and opportunities to build self-esteem. Children are shown how to become effective members of community.


    CSCM is a United Methodist Church Global Ministry, and is fully vetted by the United Methodist Church. 100% of your gifts go directly to this ministry.


    To get more information about CSCM, please use this link to connect with UMCCambodia.org.


  • 2018 Goals

    The goal of A Different Kind of Christmas 2018 is to raise $50,000 for CSCM.


    One time gifts:

    $3 provides one Christmas gift for a child.

    $10 provides one meal for 7 - 10 children.

    $15 provides a book bag and basic school supplies for one child.

    $20 provides one child a school uniform.


    Monthly gifts:

    $10 per month provides a scholarship for one grade school child.

    $20 per month provides a scholarship for one middle school child.

    $150 per month provides for an outreach pastor or teacher. 


    100% of your donations go directly to CSCM.

  • 100% of your donations go directly to CSCM.