Jo Anne and I raised three kids through many Christmas's. There were some great years where we could give the kids anything they wanted and then there were those early years where it was a struggle to give them much of anything. The answer to a lot of our struggles seemed to come in the form of plastic. Many times, we ran up credit cards so that we could give gifts that were bright and shiny on Christmas morning but by summer the only thing we could see were the lingering bills. We were giving stuff and getting bills. You may be thinking this what your Christmas looks like too.
Of all the gift’s you have given and received the best gift you can give is to your church. When you give to The Body, God receives the gifts, glories in the love, and multiplies the gift. Most often there is an eternal destiny that is changed. Your financial gifts have already made a difference. This year we have seen many people give their hearts to Jesus. We have seen broken marriages restored and friends who have lost loved ones helped through that time of grief.
Your financial gifts has allowed The Body to send financial support to the church in Cuba where people make $20 a month. Our support provides the necessary funds for Pastor Oscar to plant additional churches, send missionaries out from local congregations, hold summer VBS programs, and operate productive farms that provide for Pastors, their families and other needy people in the community. They are also changing lives for Christ.
We have also supported the church in the Philippines as they strive to spread the Word of God. They feed over 300 local village children weekly, provide shoes and food for men and women in prison, provide food, medical care and shelter for children rescued from the streets, and provided funds for Pastor Antonio and his family to build a home of their own.
Two local ministries we support, Palmetto Women's Center and CRU, receive financial support from The Body to assist in their life saving and life changing ministries. PPC saw over 135 women change their minds from abortion to either parenting or adoption and CRU saw many college students accept Christ and/or rededicate their lives.
As this year comes to end will you consider giving a Christmas and/or year end gift to The Body? We have a lot of outreach opportunities planned for 2018 but The Body operates on a very small budget. You can help to unsure we can continue to provide support to our ministry partners and that we reach more people for Christ in 2018 by tithing regularly, giving a Christmas gift and with your yearend gift.
We have pledged to continue to give monthly support to our ministry partners in the Philippines, Cuba, CRU, Palmetto Women's Center and those in our church and community when needs arise. When you give to our church, God uses that gift to reach lost and hurting souls locally and abroad. Perhaps you will talk and pray as a family and consider a gift as a family. No gift is too small and every gift will go to bring glory to God. One thing is for sure. When we give to God, He never discards it. And, He will never send you a bill, because He has paid it all.