Sometimes we just need to follow the simple commands of the Bible. When scripture says to forgive, we really should do so. Love our neighbor as ourselves? Pretty straightforward forward don’t you think? These are very simple and direct statements that we often make difficult because, frankly, we just don’t want to do them. Simple commands but not necessarily easy ones!
So here is an uncomfortable one – giving, more specifically, how to respond to those asking you to give. At CSI we encounter needs on a daily basis – legitimate needs that can be life-changing for those who benefit from your generosity. Having just met with a group of seventeen pastors in Jamaica it was humbling to listen to their vision for their communities. They are dreaming of building a halfway house to help the homeless, launching a cooperative counseling center, and developing a youth center to draw kids off the street. They believe they can practically impact their communities with the gospel changing attitudes and behaviors for generations.
With each partner ministry in Belize, North America, Guatemala, or Jamaica prayerful consideration is given as to how to serve their communities. A building for a food pantry in Kentucky, a well for a slum community in Guatemala, or sidewalks for a school serving special needs students in Belize are all projects that will be significant when accomplished. We can’t wait to see our lives changed when we all partner together!
What am I asking of you? Be prayerful about if and how God is leading you to give. If He lays it on your heart to give financially to CSI, be faithful to do so. A gift to our Mission Advancement fund allows us to respond to the most current needs across the ministry. So here is the simple command, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:7-8).
John Key, Executive Director
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