Dispatch: Blessing Orphanages

Over the last couple months we’ve participated in a very special giving opportunity: supporting orphanages in Ethiopia. Community members Katie and Ben Bradley are adopting their daughter from Ethiopia and they generously plan to bring with them 400 pounds of much-needed supplies for those orphanages.

You helped us collect:

-48 packages of wipes (5 of which are mega packs)
-12 tubes of diaper cream
-4 baby towels
-212 pairs of socks
-11 jumper dresses
-90 bottles of hand sanitizer of various sizes

Thank you for giving so generously and pouring out Christ’s love on these little children!

But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.” (1 Chronicles 29:14)

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Spending Power

Money is a fluid thing – it comes in and it goes out. This week, I spent money at Starbucks (using my phone app), the grocery store (with my debit card), the gas station (where I paid at the pump), and many other places.

We all spend money. Most of the time when we spend money on things, we either eat them, use them, or drive them. We spend so we can experience something in the moment. Spending is a means to acquire something tangible. Some spend a lot and some spend a little, but every one of us spends money. We all know how to spend and we like it!

As I was thinking about the offering this Sunday, I thought about spending money. Do you realize that each week when we give money to this church, we actually get to see a tangible result? Look around the room on a Sunday morning. When we give to church, we can see the outcome: a person who has had their life touched, changed, or altered through this ministry.

Here is a great stat for you to think about: 100% of the money you invest in God through a local church is yours to keep forever! You don’t get to keep the burger, coffee, or car, but when you give to a church, your investment is into people in whom God is doing work.

Our tithes and offerings are a chance to actually invest some money into something that is tangible both here on Earth and for eternity!

2 Corinthians 9:6 -8

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.

You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

I can’t wait for Sunday – God always surpasses my expectations!

Pastor Jeff

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