A Different Kind of Christmas

Each year, in an effort to keep Jesus Christ the focus of Christmas, Desert Spring Church does Christmas a little differently. We choose a mission project to bless, one that will stretch us and keep our focus on gifts worthy of Jesus' birth.

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

In addition, our entire Christmas Eve offering from both locations goes to our chosen partner.

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



  • Congratulations! 

    We raised almost $84,000

    to build and sustain a food pantry

    capable of feeding 500 people per month

    in sandy valley, nevada

    Scroll down to view the videos

    We are proud to announce that not only did we meet our goal of $60,000, we surpassed our goal and raised the most ever for "A Different Kind of Christmas" project.

    Thank you for your generous support!

    February 2020 update:

    Plans have been developed to create the space needed for the pantry at Keystone, a non profit in Sandy Valley with whom we are partnering.

    These plans include: remodeling some existing space that will be used for the pantry, constructing a barn shed to provide food storage space, and updating some common spaces within the building to better care for the community coming to access the pantry and other programs.

    We have chosen the date of Saturday, March 21 to work on all three building projects with the hope of completing construction in one day. We will meet at Desert Spring Summerlin at 7:45am to carpool to Sandy Valley.

    Two members of Desert Spring Church, Pastor David Devereaux and Bill Crenshaw, have been elected to the Keystone Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has hired a staff person to help prepare and manage the pantry. They would like to welcome Sarah Isola, and are grateful for her commitment to this project.  

    I would like to help with construction on Saturday, March 21 >>

  • Quick  facts

    1. Approximately 2,700 people live in Sandy Valley. The most recent census indicates that about 15% of the Sandy Valley population lives under the poverty line. Of these, almost 23% are under 18, and 9% are 65 and over. This is almost double the percent of the population living under the poverty line in Las Vegas, and four times those under 18. 

    2. Sandy Valley is an unincorporated community about one hour from Desert Spring Church. Sandy Valley is considered a "Food Desert" a place where fresh produce and whole foods are unavailable. The nearest grocery store is in Las Vegas.

    3. Three Square, our local Food Bank, has determined that a food pantry capable of feeding up to 500 people per month is needed to meet the food insecurity in Sandy Valley.

    4. Desert Spring Church and Keystone Enrichment Foundation (a non profit in Sandy Valley), have joined forces with the goal of building a sustainable food pantry on Keystone property to meet this need.

    5. Three Square Food Bank will deliver food to the Food Pantry 3 - 4 times per month. food will include fresh produce, meat and dairy. In addition, they will provide dry good for 9 cents per pound.

    6. Desert Spring Church will remain the fiscal agent for the food pantry for ease of obtaining grants in order to sustain the Food Pantry well into the future. This project is not a short term solution, but the beginning of a long term relationship between Desert Spring Church, Keystone Enrichment Foundation and Three Square Food Bank. 

2019 "A Different Kind of Christmas" Project

Food Pantry in Sandy Valley, Nevada




  • goal - $50,000

    raised - $54,000

    for Cambodian Street Children's Ministry

    Scroll down to view a thank you video from Cambodia

    Congratulations, Desert Spring Church!

    Our 2018 goal of raising $50,000 for Cambodia Street Children's Ministry was surpassed! 

    We raised $54,000 to help feed, clothe and educate the children living in extreme poverty in Cambodia. You are truly transforming the global community by extending the love of Jesus Christ to people half a world away. God bless you. 

  • 2018 A Different Kind of Christmas project

    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.

July 2019 Update

Cambodian Street Children's Ministry

Thank you, Desert Spring Church!