The last couple weeks we have been challenging all of Community Christian Church to give above and beyond to our NEXT mission that we believe will allow us to reach the next 5,000 people. In the coming weeks we will all be making pledges to the NEXT mission. Sue and I have given more than a tithe to CCC for a long time and we also give to other causes. So when it came to the NEXT mission at times I’ve thought, “I don’t have enough to give.”
Then I get a letter and a photo from my friend Faustin (the guy on the right in the photo) who lives in Rwanda. Faustin, his wife Antoinette, their baby and Faustin’s three younger brothers all lived on less than $100/year. They are the poorest of the poor. It was through Global Family Rescue that we started financially supporting Faustin and his family with $59/month. The letter he sent me said thanks for visiting them this last summer, the gifts we brought them and thanks for how our support has transformed their life. But here is the kicker – Faustin wanted me to know that he took one of his baby goats and he gave it away to Eric (the guy on the left in the photo) who has even less than him. The photo is of Faustin, Eric and the goat that he gave away. Faustin is a follower of Jesus and said he did this because Jesus told us, “freely you have received, now freely give” (Matthew 10:18). So, while making more than 95% of the people on the planet (and so do you!) I’m thinking, “I don’t have enough to give”. But Faustin who is still living on far less than $1000/year is looking for ways to be more generous and give back. When I was in Rwanda Faustin taught me about contentment and now he is teaching me about generosity. I think I have enough. I’ve got more than enough. I have enough to give some away. I have enough to give lots away. How about you?