“Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.” 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
In Paul’s second letter to the church in Corinth he details an incredible story of generosity among the Macedonian churches. Even in times of hardship they continued to give in abundance for the work of the church. The same commitment is needed today in order to fulfill the enormous task we face in fulfilling the great commission.
UPDATE – 5/31/2015
1 John 3:17-18 says “If anyone has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need but shuts off his compassion from him – how can God’s love reside in him? Little children, we must not love in word or speech, but in deed and truth.”
Dear Joy members, I thank God for your kind hearts and commitment to live out God’s word! As a result of your incredible generosity, Joy Christian Fellowship is able to give over $72,000 to the earthquake relief efforts in Nepal through the ministry of Samaritans Purse. Not only did we meet our original goal, we far exceeded it! All praise, glory and honor be to God as we work together to share the love of Jesus Christ around the world and meet the needs of those affected by this tragedy in Nepal!
Since the earthquake in Nepal on the 25th of April measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, there have been a total of 230 subsequent earthquakes and aftershocks to hit the region. Over 750,000 households have been either damaged or completely destroyed. Nearly 500,000 students have been affected by having classrooms heavily damaged or totally destroyed. The death toll approaches 9000 in Nepal alone with India, China and Bangladesh also affected.
Our deadline to give to this initial offering is fast approaching as we near the end of May! If you have given I thank you from the bottom of my heart! If you haven’t yet, would you pray about how God would have you be a part of what He is doing in Nepal? Your gift can change lives for the glory of God and bring salvation in the midst of chaos!
Love in Christ,