Giving is hard for me. I grew up in a church and can remember when I was in first grade and I won $10 in
a Sunday school contest. My father trying to teach me to tithe from a young age said that I needed to
give God 10%. As a child who thought that I now had money to get myself a new toy, I could not
understand why the church gave me $10 and expected me to give them a dollar back. I would like to say
that I have become more generous, but that is not exactly true. There are only a couple places where I
have been comfortable giving back. All of these places are places that have extended their hand to me
when I needed help (whether physically, emotionally or spiritually). All of these places I have seen first
and second hand the work that they do.
My church is one of these places, which is honestly shocking to me. This may sound funny, but even
though my father was a pastor, I never saw the church use the funds to help the Church. This is not a
blight on those churches. They may have been helping, but I did not look into it. In my church, I have
seen them bless the single moms by giving them $100 gift cards in one service (a gift that brought a dear
young friend of mine to tears) or giving each pastor $1000 to go out into the community and the videos
of what they did with that money (the people brought to tears when their prescription or groceries
where paid was just inspiring). I have been able to receive the counselling of the pastors and have been
able to go with them into the community to places like low income nursing homes and minister to those
people there. My church gave me a chance to participate in their ministry, to be a part of something I
believed in and I was in turn happy to give.
That is what we are hoping to do now. By now, you have seen our Power of 10 campaign and have seen
how a gift of just $10 is used to bring hope to many struggling families, but we are also hoping that you
can be a part of it. By volunteering with us, you will be able to step into the lives of moms and dads and
walk with them. By volunteering with us, you will get to see how your money is used. It is easy for me to
want to give more after experiencing the joy that comes with working with these families. It has been
awe-inspiring to see how God has provided each time we need something. He has brought people
together to show God’s love and grace to these families and once you experience that you can only
come away with tears in your eyes thanking God for the blessings that He has provided and the
community in which you live.
So come be a part of our growing ministry! See God work. It is amazing! It is humbling and it is an
experience that you will not be able to forget. Experience the joy of being God’s hands and feet. See
what happens to your gift and be a part of something that touches the community you live in, and you
will get to experience the awesome power of God first hand.