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What difference can your donation make? Much too often people with good intentions are hesitant to give if they only have $5 – $50 to spare for a worthy cause such as ours. There is too much concern that a small gift will not make enough of an impact to matter. Please look at what your contribution can accomplish.
|$5 will provide student materials for a typical pastoral training course.|
$25 will provide the training materials for a new pastor in training for a newly planted church in a remote village in Africa, India, and Asia where unreached people groups have never heard the gospel.
$50 will provide Bibles for every home in a remote East African village of 25 families.
$100 will provide monthly food and housing for a rural village pastor. .
$350 will construct and furnish a basic church for a typical rural African village. They feel they are dishonoring God if they cannot at least worship in a simple structure. They do not have electricity or running water in any of their buildings.
$450 will purchase a used motorbike for a rural village pastor. They typically walk 20 miles 5-7 days per week preaching and visiting the sick and this will greatly extend their coverage.
There are numerous ministries that make up by FaithByTheWord. Each is lead by pastors and ministers who are qualified in each specific area through many years of life experience.
The following Urgent & Special Requests are in need of your support. Please bathe these projects in prayer and share these needs with all of your family and friends and God will surely bless you!!!
In addition to applying donations to our own ministries, FaithByTheWord is also faithful to give a portion of what God has blessed us with to other worthy ministries not affiliated with FaithByTheWord.
|6 Truths About God’s Blessings|
- God blesses us even though we don’t deserve it. The Bible tells us, “Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another” (John 1:16).
- God blesses us because he enjoys doing it. Any parent can understand this. We love to bless our children. So does God. God says in Jeremiah 32:41: “I will enjoy blessing them”.
- God promises he will bless our lives if we obey him. God’s promises and his blessings are not automatic. They are conditional. You’re not waiting on God to bless you. He is waiting for you to fulfill the conditions necessary for your blessing.
- God blesses us as a witness to others. God wants to show off his blessing so that other people can see what a good God he is.
- God’s blessing can be multigenerational. God does this over and over throughout the Bible. For example, the Bible says in Genesis 25:11, “After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac”.
- God blesses us to bless others. God doesn’t bless you so you can just store up his blessings and keep them all to yourselves. God blesses you so you can bless others.
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.”
1 Peter 4:10-11
|Why God Blesses Us So We Can Bless Others|
No one sacrificed like the early church. In Acts 2:44-45, the Bible says, “All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need” (NIV). These early Christians didn’t just give their money. They were generous with everything they had. You could say they were radically generous.
What would happen through our churches if we were just as radically generous? The Bible says we’re stewards—or managers—of all that God has given us. We’re responsible to use our resources in a way that impacts the Kingdom.
God doesn’t just give you resources for your own enjoyment, but to make a difference in the world around you. God never blesses us just to sit on what we have. He blesses us so we can bless others.
That’s a hopeful, encouraging truth to remember throughout the year, because generosity isn’t something we only display at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Find ways to be radically generous, and make an impact on the people in your church, the people in your community, and the people God has strategically placed in your life.
|Opportunities For You To Bless Others With Your Time, Treasures, and Talents|
For those stuck at home with extra time on their hands, one tangible way they can help others in the midst of this coronavirus crisis is by donating their blood.
Considering that thousands of blood drives across the nation have been canceled in light of social distancing orders, the American Red Cross is calling on healthy residents to make appointments to donate blood.
The organization warned that the country is facing a “severe blood shortage” and in need of healthy patients to donate “life-saving” blood.
The Red Cross has implemented new measures at donation centers to ensure safety to donors and staff during the crisis.
|Donate To Local Food Pantries|
There are several food pantries and homeless ministries across the nation that have made adjustments so they can still distribute food to underserved individuals in their communities.
In Washington, D.C., for example, Mariam’s Kitchen, is an interfaith homeless shelter traditionally located in the dining hall of Western Presbyterian Church in Foggy Bottom.
The shelter normally provides hot meals but has since shifted to providing take-out meals distributed in the church’s courtyard.
The organization says it serves over 300 meals a day and provides street outreach and housing programs. The charity is also providing a two-week supply of pantry items to help residents shelter in place. And they’re offering emergency funding to support the needs of guests on a case-by-case basis. To donate to Mariam’s Kitchen, click here.
In Houston, Texas, there’s the Christian Community Service Center, a charity backed by dozens of local churches. CCSC is accepting monetary and food donations for its local pantry service. According to CCSC, more than triple the number of clients are turning to the organization for help in the midst of the crisis which has led to mass layoffs.
“The CCSC food pantries are essential services — serving as a grocery store to our clients — in compliance with the ‘Stay at Home, Work Safe’ order issued by the city of Houston,” the charity’s website explains. “Your assistance is needed now more than ever.”
To donate to CCSC, click here.
Interested individuals in other areas of the country can check with local food pantries and ministries to see if they are still operating and what the protocols are for volunteer work. To find food pantries near you just Google “food pantries near me”.
|Donate Needed Items To The Salvation Army|
The 154-year-old Protestant relief organization, one of the largest in the United States, is working to provide emergency support such as assistance for rent and utilities as well as food assistance for people facing low wages and unemployment due to COVID-19.
Through its “Let’s Fight Together” campaign, the charity is calling on individuals to donate various items such as water, dry goods, toiletries, cleaning products, and hygiene products.
The organization is accepting many items, including: water bottles, unopened sparkling water, soft drinks, juice bottles, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, deodorant, body wash, shampoo, toothpaste, combs, nail clippers, hand sanitizer, sanitization wipes, hand soap, rubbing alcohol, laundry detergent, and first-aid supplies.
Additionally, The Salvation Army is looking for unopened canned goods, bags of rice, crackers and other non-perishables.
To find a Salvation Army drop-off location, click here.
|Help Struggling Churches|
More than $250,000 so far has been raised in the “Churches Helping Churches” Challenge championed by retired NFL tight end Benjamin Watson and the AND Campaign.
The goal of the initiative is to encourage larger churches and faith organizations from across racial and denominational lines to help smaller churches struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.
A Barna Group survey conducted in late March showed that nearly a quarter of churches have reduced staff hours, laid-off employees or reduced compensation. The data also showed that at least 6% of pastors are unsure or not confident that their church will be able to survive the crisis.
On Monday, the Churches Helping Churches initiative announced that 50 churches struggling financially in the midst of the pandemic so far have been selected to receive $3,000 grants from the COVID-19 Church Relief Fund.
The initiative is backed by a handful of prominent Christian leaders and Christian groups such as the American Bible Society, Pinetops Foundation, the Pulse Movement, Movement Day, Urban Ministries and City Gospel Movements.
The initiative’s initial goal is to raise $500,000 by the end of April to help at least 100 churches nationwide.
Churches wishing to apply for a grant through the initiative can click here. Donors looking to donate to the Church Relief Fund can click here.
|Send A Letter To The Elderly|
At a time when social distancing protocols are in place, isolated elderly people with little to no access to their friends or families can be overlooked.
The organization Love for the Elderly, which is devoted to combating social isolation with love, has initiated a COVID-19 Emergency Response as its work of delivering handwritten letters and making visits to senior facilities has become more difficult.
“Social distancing has led older adults living in long term care facilities to be isolated from their loved ones,” the organization’s founder Jacob Cramer wrote in a message posted to the charity’s website.
Love for the Elderly is calling on people to mail senior care facilities handwritten letters of encouragement to show “love to a strangers.”
“Isolation creates feelings of loneliness, which can lead to poorer physical health and quality of life. You can do your part today to embrace our elders during these scary, uncertain times,” Cramer wrote. “The CDC, World Health Organization, and Surgeon General have indicated that there is no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail.”
|Respond In Times Of Tragedy|
We’re all human. So it makes sense that our hearts often hurt for people impacted by tragedies here and abroad—tragedies that can leave us feeling helpless.
What can we do in response to the violence and destruction around us?
1. Pray Deeply
“Prayer is the Christian’s greatest weapon.” —Billy Graham
As believers, we look up. We seek out God through prayer—and trust in His sovereignty.
Scripture tells us prayer is one of our most powerful resources. But how can you pray more deeply?
- This article by Anne Graham Lotz, “It’s Time to Pray!”, breaks it down with tips on how to pray with humility, certainty, authority and clarity.
When you don’t have any words, or when you feel like you’re beating down God’s door with the same prayer day after day, ask God’s Holy Spirit to help you. The Bible tells us the Holy Spirit is an intercessor for us and cries out to God on our behalf.
2. Immerse Yourself in God’s Word
When you feel as if your very soul hurts from news reports of another shooting, evil act or disaster, how do you find comfort?
There is a place of refuge. The Bible tells us, “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him” (Proverbs 30:5).
- Here are 15 more comforting Bible verses for troubled times. Try incorporating these verses of God’s mercy and steadfastness into your prayers for those who are suffering.
- Does the Bible give us any hope for a better world? Billy Graham responds in this My Answer.
3. Guard Your Heart
“Grief can kill a person emotionally and physically. If not counteracted with God’s strength and power, our personal weakness may debilitate us.” —Billy Graham
Do our minds ever erase graphic images such as horrifying footage from tragic events?
You may have experienced what’s called secondary trauma from viewing video clips and photos on TV and social media. It’s important to recognize how these lasting impressions can affect you, as they can be physically, emotionally and spiritually damaging.
Although Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) chaplains are trained to offer hope and comfort in times of crisis, they can experience secondary trauma themselves.
- Learn how to cope with stress from troubling incidents as the chaplains do with this sound advice from RRT Director Jack Munday.
4. Care for Others
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” —Galatians 6:2
It’s important to guard your heart, but you can also support others experiencing secondary trauma—some who may be going through a personal crisis as well.
- Learn how to share hope amidst everyday tragedies through RRT’s Sharing Hope in Crisis course.
5. Support Crisis Ministry
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” —Philippians 2:4
No matter how out of control the world gets, taking action and selflessly serving others can allow God’s perfect peace to fill your heart. If you feel God leading you to help people but can’t be there in person, you can still share hope with others worldwide.
- Support the Rapid Response Team in sending chaplains to provide emotional and spiritual care to those in crisis.
- Find out more about how Billy Graham, Franklin Graham and BGEA have responded in times of crisis.