I was well into my adult life before I began really trusting God in my giving. That’s sad, especially considering I was “raised in the church” and a Christian most of my life. What makes it even worse is that someone very close to me was an outstanding example of how God blesses those who step out in faith and trust Him as they give. But I never saw it—I missed it completely. And, as a result, I’m sure I also missed out on many opportunities for God to bless me accordingly.
In the book of Malachi, God rebukes the nation of Israel because of their stinginess in tithing. But then He does something really interesting— He challenges them. He says “bring all the tithes into the storehouse… and try Me now in this... if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” (Mal. 3:10)
Even though tithing is not a New Testament command, do you think the principle of being blessed because of our generosity still holds true? I certainly do. If we will put our trust in God as we give, He will pour out more blessings on us than we know what to do with.
It makes perfect sense, especially in light of what Jesus said as quoted by Paul in Acts 20:35: “...and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” While we may have the power and ability to bless someone else by our giving, God has so much more power and ability to bless us because we have given.
Additionally, Paul tells us that our “reaping” will be directly proportional to our “sowing.” (2 Cor. 9:6) Plus, “...God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” (2 Cor. 9:7-8)
God loves us and wants to bless us. One way He does so is by blessing us as we give to others. If you have not learned that lesson yet, try Him. If you have, teach that principle to your kids and grandkids. You and they will be blessed.
In His service together…
In addition to many small projects that are currently in progress or planned for the Sojourners to complete, we have two projects that we need your help with:
Zip Line Improvements
Our Zip Line will be undergoing some changes soon. We have a 45’ pole that will be set, the line raised, new towers built and a braking system installed. The length will remain at over 1,000’, so we will still be one of the longest in the state of Florida. The new and improved line should be ready for WinterCamp in January. The total cost should be less than $4,000.
Office Roof & Storage Room
The roof of the camp office is in bad shape and needs to be replaced. It has several bad leaks, despite multiple attempts to fix them. Additionally, we need some more space especially for storage of games, activities and t-shirts. Plans are currently being drawn for a redesigned roof and an additional room. Although we don’t have the final figures yet, we anticipate a cost in excess of $40,000.
Can You Help?
Your tax-deductible gift will insure we can complete these two projects in a timely manner. Send your donation in the enclosed self-addressed envelope. Thank you so much for partnering with us.