Thank you for your generosity, big hearts, and open hands in giving towards the Christmas gifts last month! We had a goal of raising 25 gift baskets ($25 each), and that was met, praise the Lord! Please see the picture collage below highlighting a few of the baskets and our overjoyed recipients.
We also had a goal of raising 25 clothing gift certificates ($25 each), and that, too, was met, praise the Lord! We’re still taking pictures of the youth that were blessed by these gifts, but the expressions on their face when they received the cards were priceless! You would have thought we gave them a car!
And finally, we had a goal of raising $5,000 towards sending five of our youth to high school, and $4,650 was raised, praise the Lord!
Paul wrote to the Corinthian church regarding their generosity, and how it always led to thanking God. He refers to it as the “ministry of giving” in 2 Corinthians 9:12. This ministry of giving leads to joyful expressions of giving thanks to God. He writes in verse 13, “As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God.”
In closing this chapter in verse 15, Paul highlights the greatest act of generosity, God’s indescribable gift of grace through the Savior Jesus. Matthew Henry’s Commentary says of this gift, “For Jesus Christ, that inestimable gift of his love, through whom this and every other good thing, pertaining to life and godliness, are freely given unto us, beyond all expression, measure, or bounds.” Amen!
In all of our acts of kindness and generosity, let us keep our eyes on the ultimate Gift Giver, and that is our heavenly Father, and His ultimate Gift to mankind, and that is His Son Jesus Christ.
Praising God for Every Gift Given (especially for our baby boy who’s due on May 3rd),
Mark and Kay