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Giving as Moved by the Spirit

Giving as Moved by the Spirit

“Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For whatever measure you deal out to others, it will be dealt to you in return.”

I once heard a sermon that illustrated this verse. We’ve probably all had this experience. you buy a box of cereal, oepn it up and find it no filled up to the top, but in fact, maybe only 3/5 of the way filled. But this verse says, that wen you give, you will receive back a measure that is not just 3/5 of the way filled, but “pressed down, shaken together, running over.”

This verse is a reminder that when you give, He will provide back to you way more than you give, so much so that it “will pour into your lap.”

One of the great things I have been privileged to witness is silent, unheralded, unexpected giving toward the Haiti Missions trip. As I have calculated the figures that have com in monthly – not just from the fundraisers which have been so generous, but also from unexpected offerings every month since May, it has been amazing how much people have given quietly and anonymously as the Spirit moved.

As of the middle of September, we have a little over $6,000 in the Haiti trip fund. But what is amazing is that more than half has come from monthly offering. I would like to especially thank the persons who have given since we did not solicit those funds. I believe that that was a special work of the Spirit in many hearts. This extra money has been a wonderful, additional gift from the Lord in addition to the way He has blessed our fundraisers. Thank you if you have given in this way. It has been a special blessing.

God promises that when you give, “it will be given to you.” So in faith, I believe for all those who have given, He will provide to you. He is a generous God and it is not possible to out give Him.

I hope that you will not read this in any way as minimizing what has been given for the fundraisers. Your support has been so generous. You provided profits of over $780 for the August 30 luncheon and over $950 on the recent pizza fundraiser. This giving is a blessing, also.

Today, as I write this article, the travel agency responded back with a quote of $639 round trip per person. That is almost $300 less per person than their first quote, so we will lock in this price for 10 persons this week. God is good! He knows our needs before we ask. This leaves about $8,000 to raise my May when the balance will be due. We hope that we will be able to raise as much of this balance to reduce the individual cost.

Thanks for all the support you have provided us. It is much appreciated. Please pray for all the decisions still to be make.