Generous Giving

In today’s YouTube video Rudy Ross and I talk about the way the Church of the Resurrection uses its funds to help people in the country of Haiti and the city of Haiti Missouri.

When the 2010 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the country of Haiti, Steve Weber volunteered to help rebuild the country.

Steve is a well-known figure in the Nazarene denomination and was formerly a missionary in Haiti.

Steve believed the entire church needed to work together to rebuild the country. With permission from the government, the standard Steve set for rebuilding efforts was for every church to join in the effort.

Steve even included the Voodoo priest in the effort. One interesting development in the effort involved a Voodoo priest and a Baptist pastor.

The Baptist pastor was using the Jesus video in his ministry. The Voodoo priest heard about it and asked if he could show it to his followers.

If I remember correctly, the rebuilding effort affected 10 or 12 cities. The United Nations provided the majority of the financial aid for the work.

When Steve told me the story, included the Church of the Resurrection in it. They committed funds to rebuild one of the destroyed cities.

Haiti Missouri

Haiti is in the Missouri Bootheel and very close to the Arkansas border. It is one of the poorest cities in the state.

The Church of the Resurrection became interested in the lack of medical care for the poor in Haiti, particularly in the area of pharmaceuticals.

Once again, they used their resources to provide funding to care for another Haiti. This time it was pronounced differently and located in our state.

A Good Example

The Church of the Resurrection is a good example of a wealthy church using its wealth to bless others less fortunate.

The church in Corinth is the closest parallel of Paul’s churches to that of the Church of the Resurrection. They were relatively wealthy, especially when compared to the churches in Macedonia.

Paul encouraged giving that is suitable in A.D. 50 and 20201.

2 Corinthians 8.10-14And in this matter I am giving my opinion: it is beneficial for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something.

Now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means.

For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.

For I do not mean that there should be relief for others and hardship for you, but it is a question of equality between

Your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may also supply your need, in order that there may be equality.

(1) The way we demonstrate our love for Jesus and others is by our actions.

The giving of our time, talents, and treasures is one way to do this.

(2) The giving is not to be a hardship. They are to give what they have, not what is beyond their ability

(3) The Corinthian church will benefit the starving Christians in Jerusalem.

The church in Jerusalem will abundantly supply the need in Corinth. What does the Jerusalem church have to offer?

Ben Witherington believes the abundant supply from the Jerusalem church was prayer for the churches in the Greco-Roman world who are providing for their physical needs.

Sandra Knop told of being able to supply food for a starving village in Mali after a swarm of locusts hit the region.

The people had nothing to give Sandra in return, so a group of women came to her home and danced for her to show their gratitude.

True giving is never only top-down. If those on “top” are sensitive to God’s activity, they will receive abundantly from those whom they have served.

As we think about giving, let’s consider these examples and see how God wants us to join in his service to others.

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I discuss this passage on YouTube today. Rudy is one of the most giving people I know. He has the life experience to share with you and I hope you will listen to the video.

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