The donations we receive are used to support the ministry of churches that generously respond to needy people. When Impoverished families receive the blessing of modest gifts of kindness, it causes them to celebrate in thanks to our heavenly Father. The delivery of these gifts is made in Jesus’ name.
God has promised that he will provide for people who give to meet the needs of others less fortunate. He rewards our good works as Christians by providing what we need to accomplish more good works.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8-9
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.2 Corinthians 9:10
God could easily supply for the needy and the impoverished directly from his storehouse without our participation. Consider how God provided for the Israelites with Manna – and when they complained about the lack of meat, God sent Quail into their camp. When they were thirsty, He caused water to gush forth out of a rock.
God introduces us to his beautiful cycle of receiving glory through our participation in the ministry of generosity. God supplies our needs. He provides the seed to sow, and He gives the rain to make that seed grow into plants producing vegetables and fruits so we can reap the harvest. From the produce, we harvest we are given the privilege to use some for our family’s sustenance, and we donate some so that we provide for the needs of those impoverished so that God will receive thanksgiving.
But that is not the end of the cycle. After the needy gives thanks to God, God replenishes our assets to repeat the cycle. In this way, we multiply the worship and thanksgiving to God. We thank him when we reap our harvest; we donate to help those less fortunate, and they thank God for the believers who supply for them. Then we thank God that he blesses our ministry, and we are again provided the seed we need to sow and reap another crop—over and over again, God receives praise for his provisions.
God introduces his principle in agricultural terms, but it is true in whatever occupation you use to earn your living. Remember that it is God who gives you the strength and knowledge to perform your job and earn your paycheck.
Following are just a few examples from our monthly reports provided by our pastors.
The fathers are usually fisherman who are away for one to three months to fish. During these times, food in the family is scarce, despite the mother attempting to make a meager amount of money last. Sometimes they primarily eat gathered plants as vegetables. So, we bring cooked food for the children in addition to the spiritual food. The leaders share some, and we budget funds to provide healthy, nutritious food for the children. Financially, we can feed the kids once a week. For most, this meal is a fantastic treat, and they eagerly look forward to our coming. Four youth volunteered to teach the children. We thank God that many of the kids are coming to know Jesus at a very early age.
Thank you! Another blessing this month came from the White Fields supporters and made the church volunteers truly happy. Each ministry assistant received ten kilos of rice, all sixty-two leaders who assist our church planters in the ministries of the church. The pastors were thrilled to distribute the rice to their church helpers. I saw the joy on their faces when they received the food. God bless you.
Our churches in the Philippines serve in the most impoverished communities. When the people place their faith in Jesus Christ, the pastors look for ways to disciple the new believers and give them opportunities to use their gifts to bless the church. These volunteers are still members of the impoverished communities, but their neighbors begin to see the transformation in their lives now that they are obeying the Scriptures.
A natural rise out of poverty occurs when the adults become sober and start using their strength and energy to earn a living to support their family. This simple gift of a bag of rice was a tremendous blessing to them and they give thanks to God. Every act of generosity given in the name of Jesus provides an opportunity to proclaim the gospel.
The people eagerly waited for the worship services; they were thrilled when the government allowed worship places to open. The protocols still prohibit children from attending. The maximum number is seventy to follow the Ministry of Health Standards of Operation Procedures. (There are many more procedures from the government that were difficult for the people in such a rural village to understand).
These recommendations were new concepts for everyone, so we taught the people how to adapt to the changes. We held a meeting to explain the guidelines to everyone and also shared the gospel. Four people from one family gave their lives to Christ. Just last month, we baptized them. We thank God for His saving grace through Christ Jesus.
Even the simplest ministry of explaining the government guideline to help the people know how they could function legally in the culture caused an opportunity to share the gospel. Now this family is rejoicing that they are saved, baptized, and growing in Christ.
We thank White Fields for enabling us to give washable and reusable face masks to the people. This item allows them to attend the church while following the government-recommended part of the guidelines. We have also acquired a hand washing facility with liquid soap to wash hands at the church and a thermometer.
What could be simpler than providing a place for hand washing. We are thankful that through the generous gifts of our partners we could provide these simple needs.
My overseer pastor Thawng helped us by purchasing rice and vegetables to distribute to my neighbors and members. I had met a Hindu family, they also were in a difficult situation during the lockdown, so I shared the gospel of salvation of Jesus Christ. It was perfect that I could reach the surrounding people and share the Savior of Jesus Christ. I am thankful for the support we receive to reach our neighbors and share in tangible ways the love of Jesus.
We have continued to reach out with special visits to our neighbors. Since our community is not acquainted with Christianity, we begin by sharing God’s basic concepts in the Bible and our relationship with him. We seek to start a Bible study in their home for their family. Your prayers can open the hearts of these neighbors to grow in their curiosity about the Scriptures.
You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.2 Corinthians 9:8-9