The Grace of Giving

But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving (2 Cor. 8:7).

Our “global service” is only possible because of God’s grace and the generosity of our financial and prayer partners. We also know that this generosity is not easy, but takes sacrifice and a steadfast commitment at times. This has become even more clear to us in the last few months.

In August, we met another family of “global servants” at a training conference. We were enthralled as we listened to their heart for making Christlike disciples and to stories about who and where they served in South-East Asia. Even more so, we were impressed seeing them “in action”. They practice what they preach. This family serves in an area that is difficult and very resistant to the gospel, yet they keep serving (and with three small children). This family is “partner-funded,” like us. They raise a significant amount of money to serve where they do.

When we returned home, we felt led to support this family. After prayer and discussion, we made a decision to become monthly financial partners with them for $25 a month. However, making the decision was easy. Following through was harder than we anticipated.

Have you ever faced resistance when trying to do the will of God?

We sure did. The “enemy” was unhappy with our commitment and tried everything to keep us from following through. First, Cheryl and I had an argument when we sat down to process the pledge. I still don’t remember what we argued about, but we did not process the pledge that day. The next day, we sat down to process the pledge and the power went out in the neighborhood. No power + No Internet = No Pledge. Then there was the mental battle. The lies form the enemy that our pledge was too small, that there were others in greater need, that giving would hurt our finances. All garbage, of course, but powerful and confusing, nonetheless. We carried on. We signed up for the pledge. We made our first payment. We would not allow the enemy to keep us from “excelling in this grace of giving.” We would give like we promised.

Thank you for your partnership with us!

Thank you for “excelling in this grace of giving.” We know it is not always easy. We know that now more than ever. There are times when you face resistance from the enemy.

There are times when you wonder if it is worth the trouble. It is. You are making a difference in our area of the world in the lives of real people because of your partnership. Don’t give up! Let us continue to be faithful together, you to us and us to the family we have partnered with. God won’t let us down. He will give us the grace to be faithful. So, let’s excel in this grace of giving!