Generosity and Giving No 2

If you were unable to read the background information last week, please have a read of the blog sent out on behalf of the leadership team which will give you more context. It precedes this one.

As we approach Sunday we wanted to give you an idea of what we are believing for as a leadership team. As announced on Sunday, we are delighted that after 18 months of searching and seeking God we are now able to reopen our debt centre in partnership with CAP! Over the next 12 months we will be able to meet with over 30 families who are in desperate need for the life transforming help and advice we can now give. Praise God!
 
Gareth Thompson, who has done an amazing job with our job club, has been recruited for an additional two days per week. This means that, along with our partnership contribution, client aid and other costs associated with running a debt centre, we need an additional £1,416.66 per month. Therefore, over the next seven months this will cost us just under £10,000. This, when added to the £35,000 shortfall already required to cover the projected hiring of a part time Pastoral Care Coordinator, a full time Youth and Children’s Worker and the Operations Manager, means that we do indeed need another miracle of God’s provision over the rest of 2017.
 
We have sent out applications for external funding and we remain certain and in faith that God will indeed provide for our needs, as He has done over the last nine years. But we need you.
 
We sense that we’d like to see our regular income rise by £2500 - £3000 a month, which we feel is both possible and a good faith target. This would mean over £21,000 raised over the next seven months.
 
Please would you prayerfully consider what you’re able to do? As I explained on Sunday, if every one of us just does what we can, together we can make a huge impact on the needs of the church. We have momentum beginning to build and some potentially great people coming to join the team. It’s an opportunity for everyone to make a difference.
 
If 25 of us existing givers were able to give another £50 a month, that would be £1250 in total. And if another 25 were able to give another £30 and 5 new givers gave £100 and 10 more gave £50 a month we’d reach that £3000 target.
 
There is also opportunity for anyone to give one-off donations; the forms for this will be available on Sunday. Please can we pray as a church family that generosity would rise up within us all and together we can make a huge difference in our needs being met over the coming seven months.
 
On behalf of the leadership team, thank you for your generous heart towards all we are doing as a community and responding in faith and with generous hearts towards The Light Church and our community.
 
Nicky White said on Sunday, as she testified to how God blessed her as she began to give generously, that what she was left with somehow, in God, achieved more than if she’d never given at all. Her phrase that has resonated with me since then is, ‘the rest is blessed’.
 
Indeed, it is.
 
John Kirkby
One of the Leaders
Light Church Bradford.
 
P.S. If you’re not able to get to church on Sunday, just send me an email with your pledged increase, new regular gift or one-off donation and we will add it in to the total.
 
The following verses speak of the wisdom and the fruit of living a generous life. We pray that they encourage, challenge and inspire you in your response to this giving opportunity.
 
‘The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.’ - Psalm 37:21
 
‘They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.’ - Psalm 37:26
 
Giving and generosity has generational effects, you can pass it on and demonstrate it to your children and the blessings will reach through the generations. Your children will be blessed Good things will happen, it’s about what’s the right thing to do.
 
‘Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.’ - Psalm 112:5
 
‘One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.’ - Proverbs 11: 24 -25
 
You get more back if you are generous and you lose more than if you don’t give, if you are stingy. One leads to abundance; the other poverty. Not just financial, relational, joy in what you do, added purpose to your life and job, an all-round winner. Generous people are just happier; they live better lives, outward looking not inwardly focused.
 
Other translations:
Message
‘The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.’ - Proverbs 11: 24 -25
 
Amplified
‘There are those who [generously] scatter abroad, and yet increase more; there are those who withhold more than is fitting or what is justly due, but it results only in want. The liberal person shall be enriched, and he who waters shall himself be watered.’ - Proverbs 11: 24 -25
 
New Living Translation
‘Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.’ - Proverbs 11: 24 -25