Two Sundays ago while at Bay City Wesleyan Church, the pastor (my father) was talking about finances and how God can help us make the shift from being consumer-minded to steward-minded. In it he talked about how on our own we think that giving money hurts and when we think about giving, say $200, we think to ourselves, “$200! Think of what I could do with $200! I don’t want to give that up.” And what could we do really? Get a new TV or a few new pieces of clothing? When Pastor Mark said the words, “Do you know what I could DO with $200?” I immediately thought of what a underdeveloped village could do with $200. I know that organizations like World Hope give out micro-loans of $200 or less to families in developing areas. It goes to buy something like a goat or cow and it becomes a renewable source of income for the family and village. Micro-loans like that can turn around the economic situation of an entire village! And when families and villages are economically healthy their men , women, sons and daughters are much less prone to being taken and trafficked into modern slavery.
Do you know what I can do with $200? I can turn things around for people I haven’t met yet.
Here’s the challenge. If you’re like me and actually get money back from the government come tax time, consider spending $200 on this site: World Hope International’s Giving Page, and you will greatly increase the impact of that bit of money. We can have such a large impact for such a simple gift.