Be a Sender!
Have you ever invested in one of our Reaching Teams? Each team Grace sends to El Salvador, Peru, Alaska, New Orleans… requires the expenditure of resources. Time, energy, and dollars are unavoidable components of serving on a team. While you may not be able to actually GO as part of a team, you can play a vital role in SENDING with your prayers and financial support.
In those early days when the Apostle Paul pioneered the spreading of the Gospel, of which you and I are recent beneficiaries, he wrote a thank you note to the believers in the church at Philippi saying:
As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. Philippians 4:15-16
While those first century Christ-followers did not leave their homes and jobs in order to join Paul in his missionary efforts, they were an essential part of the effort as they voluntarily sent contributions to help make Paul’s ministry possible.
Many of our Reaching Trip team members step out in faith with fear and uncertainty, as they assume responsibility for a financial burden they cannot completely meet on their own. While some team members are able to self-fund, all are encouraged to invite those in their relational network to assist the team in their ministry – primarily with prayer and finances.
Many of our teams must raise extra funds in order to take on specific projects. For instance, our Reach El Salvador Team that launches out shortly after Christmas, has the opportunity to build a shelter for a family in poverty without a roof over their heads. The team will also spend an evening going out to the homeless to provide them with food. Your contributions toward the team make these projects possible.
Click here to catch a glimpse of a previous Reach El Salvador teams serving in San Salvador.
ONLINE GIVING may be one of the best kept secrets for our Reaching Teams! Anyone can log on to our Grace website (gfcnow.com/give), click OUTREACH FUND, and make a financial gift to a specific Reaching Team or even to a Team member. Your gift, no matter how small will fuel their ministry and encourage their hearts.
So, while you may not be able at this time to be a GOer, you can be a SENDer!
Oh, yes, one more thing. The Apostle Paul ends his note of encouragement to the Philippians by saying that their gifts are…
…a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. 4:18b-19
Together we can send workers into the spiritual harvest. Thank you for your part.
Posted on Thu, November 7, 2013
by Larry Nees filed under