Do you feel like you are bombarded daily with appeals to give to this cause or that cause? Do you ever feel guilty when you can’t give? I know I do. I want to help those in need but I can’t give to every cause that knocks on my door. When giving I try to take a biblical approach. Jesus told his followers in Matthew 6:20 to lay up treasure in Heaven. There are many earthly causes that are good. Take the Go Green initiative. I have several of the reusable shopping bags. I was so excited when I first got them to have joined the movement. I was going to cut down on unnecessary waste. Now several years later I still have a mountain of the plastic bags from the various stores I shop at. Why? I rarely remember to take the reusable bags into the store with me so I end up coming home with more plastic bags. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t see anything wrong with using reusable bags and cutting down on unnecessary waste. I am also one to get teary eyed when I see ads about animals in need. My family visits the local animal shelter at Christmas and brings them various items to help support their efforts. And while I don’t think it is wrong to support causes that help the world stay cleaner and help the animals God created find loving homes as a Child of God I want to seek first furthering His kingdom and following His ways when it comes to my giving. So when I am bombarded on every side with pleas for helping various causes, I want to be sure that I am being a good steward and that I am giving in accordance to God’s word. I want to help causes that fulfill the heart of Christ. Hebrews 13:16 says-“Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God.” These are the types of gifts I want to give, the gifts pleasing to God. The gifts that help those in need. John’s words in Luke 3:11 sum up what I want my giving to look like. “If you have two coats, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” When I give to causes that fulfill these words I am furthering God’s kingdom. I am giving gifts to Jesus. The story in Matthew 25:34-45 tells us how important it is to help those in need.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters you were doing it to me!’41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.” When we give appropriately, the Lord accepts the gift as if we have given it personally unto Him.
When you give to Compassion Services International, you can be confident that your gift is fulfilling the message of Christ while helping those in need. We work to help ease the suffering of those in desperate situations around the world by offering not only help for their physical needs but by sharing the love of Jesus with them. Letting them know that He loves them and wants to provide for all of their needs. When you give to Compassion Services International you are helping to fulfill the words found in James 1:27-“Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.” If you have been contemplating a gift to Compassion Services International we ask that you would prayerfully consider making that gift. We have ongoing needs that can’t be met without your support. CSI is still sending aid to Burkina Faso in Africa to help those starving due to the severe drought. There is support needed for the Philippines as they have suffered severe damage in recent months after a 7.6 earthquake struck. There is still so much work to be done in Haiti and we are continuing to support a medical clinic in Liberia. We also depend on your gifts to our General Fund so that we have emergency funds ready when disaster strikes. Being prepared means we can send help sooner rather than later This is many times what saves lives. We understand that there are those who can give a lot but there are many who can only give a little .Some of you may think, my gift is small, it is insignificant. I am reminded of the story in Mark 12:41-44-41 Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. 42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.43 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. 44 For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.” Edwin Judd wrote, “The Lord measures one’s giving in relationship to the resources from which he gives and what he retains for himself. Jesus considered the widow’s two mites more than all of the much larger amounts given out of abundance because she gave her all. This divine principle gives those with limited resources the same privilege of giving recognition as those who give out of plenty.” Your gift matters.
Together we can further the kingdom and we can alleviate suffering around the globe. But it takes all of us doing our part. Below are some pictures of projects that your gifts have funded. Thank you again for your continued support.