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Anomalies in our Financial Support

by on September 25, 2011

We recently received a donation for the Playtime Cafe. It came from a family who I know are struggling financially.  This left me reflecting on how many of our supporters are people we hate to take money from, because we know they don’t have much. We have partners and donors who are students, unemployed people, mums on low incomes, part-time workers, workers in low-paid community-service-type jobs, poor people who get some small inheritance and share it with us.

If I did a map of where our financial support comes from, most of the dots would be outside the well-to-do areas where so many of Sydney’s evangelicals live.

There are definitely exceptions to this. We know some well-off people who give generously to the work here. And we really appreciate them. It’s a great blessing to see Christians who have a heart to wisely steward the money God is giving them, to make it count. What a cool thing, to be rich for the kingdom like that.

But in general it’s the poor that give to the mission in Canterbury. Struggling people. We know it hurts them to give it. We really don’t like to take it from them. But we remember the church in Macedonian (2 Cor 8 ) –  if the Lord has put it on their hearts to be generous, who are we to discourage that?

It’s a bit disturbing if Sydney’s Christians are leaving it to the strugglers to find the money to support gospel mission in their own city.  (Isn’t that what high incomes are for?)  But it’s a great joy to us to see these dear believers, poor in this world’s goods, but rich in the kingdom of God.

Somehow I don’t think many of them will get to the end of this life and think, ‘I wish I’d spent more of that money on myself!’

So we welcome their help, thank God for them, and try to make sure they share in the blessing of this ministry in some way.

Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
“Blessed are you who are hungry now,
for you will be filled.
“Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.

Luke 6:20-21

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