In 2012, a family at Life Pointe Church in Homestead, FL was adopting a child from Ethiopia. $25,000 was needed for the adoption. The Life Group they attended in the church decided to sell Christmas trees to raise the money. 450 Christmas trees were sold. $25,000 was raised.
Since that first year of BUY A TREE. CHANGE A LIFE., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called ForHope.Us was founded. Over $900,000 has been raised since 2012. In 2016 we had locations at 38 churches in 11 states and sold over 10,000 Christmas trees!
engage your community to help children globally and locally
BUY A TREE. CHANGE A LIFE engages your community and community leaders in a way not possible through typical church events. Additionally, the money raised is not money competitive with weekly church offerings. You are not primarily asking people to donate, you are asking your community to change a buying behavior. Instead of buying a Christmas tree from a big box retailer, people from all over your city will buy a Christmas tree from your church. Those monies already being spent in your community are now leveraged to help children globally and locally.
Matt Bohlman is the Director at the PACE Children’s Home in Siem Reap, Cambodia that #buyatreechangealife supports. “Papa Matt,” as the children refer to him, is showing the love of Jesus in one of the most challenging parts of the world.
Check out this video from the PACE Children's Home!
benefits to the local church
This has proven to be effective in helping children globally and locally. It has also produced substantial benefits for the local host church such as:
- Increased awareness of your local church in your community.
- Substantial media exposure in print, television, radio, and social media outlets.
- Substantially increased numbers of first time guests.
- In 2014 several sites experienced record attendance during the BUY A TREE. CHANGE A LIFE. event.
- Enthusiastic engagement by business and civic leaders throughout your community.
- New volunteers mobilized.
- Leaders identified and cultivated.
- An attitude of generosity unleashed in your church and community.
- Exposure to a community of high impact church leaders across the nation.
We value the wonderful partners that are building BUY A TREE. CHANGE A LIFE. Our partnerships include People for Care and Learning, local churches, the organizations they partner with, and our Christmas tree farmer. All of these partnerships working together are making a beautiful impact. One of those partnerships now in its fourth season is our Christmas tree farmer.
This is what our christmas tree farmer said about our work together:
“I spend a lot of time out in the tree patches, much of it alone. Oftentimes I wonder where a tree might end up, and if it is really worth the effort that it takes to farm them. You have reaffirmed my hopes that my babies find good homes and good purposes. I thought about the kids that you helped last year a lot, while I was working in the trees last summer. I can't express what a great feeling that it gives me to think that something that I am doing might help a little bit too! I am very, very proud of you and your church and I am thrilled for the kids! Thank you so much!”
- Christmas Tree Partner