Times are hard for all americans, there is no doubt about that. Just check the local papers, turn on the nightly news or make a trip to the gas pumps and the signs are all around saying “Recession!” As disciples of Jesus Christ we are all called to give to the work of the Lord God Jehovah as He seeks to make His name known among the Nations. For many Christians though, the thought of faithful missions giving is scary. As a Pastor and active member of our fellowships missions team I am keenly aware that missions giving is down in many churches and in many missions organizations.
Two years ago Jaffrey Bible Church was one such fellowship that was hit especially hard by the recession. We had several families without work and others who had been cut back in their work hours to a “Survival Mode” of income. As a result, missions giving waned.
My wife Karla and I presented a challenge to the congregation, “Forego a cup of coffee that you might purchase at , Dunkins, Starbucks or your local service station each day and give those funds to the missionaries we support.” Not only did we ask the people to forego a cup of coffee but to forego: Pizza, movies, desserts, eating out – anything that was not necessary for survival and give those funds to the Missionaries.
This presentation took place in the morning service and we handed out Medium sized styrofoam cups to everyone – including the children! The instructions were to bring the cups back at the end of each week and dump the contents into a large basket where it would be collected and counted. We raised enough funds from this “Sacrificial” giving that we were able to meet our financial obligations to our missionaries and establish the “Coffee Cup Committment”.
Now we extend that challenge to all friends of Camp Good News New Hampshire!
There are over 200 friends of Camp Good News on Facebook alone! If we all worked together we could make this a great Fall fundraiser for camp. Would you consider this challenge for the month of September? You and your family forego some “Niceties” of life and give the money you would usually spend on “Extras” to camp? Would you consider holding a “Coffee Cup Committment” event at your Church Fellowship and get everyone involved? Help us turn $10,000.00 into $20,000.00 for camp this Fall!
The funds add up quickly too! Forego 1 medium-sized Dunkins coffee a day and this is what you can give:
1 Med. Dunkins: 2.50
Number of days: 30
$2.50 x 30 = $75.00!
When you have finished collecting your funds, count the total and send us a check for what you have raised. All funds need to be received by 10/8 2102
If you have questions please contact Brent @ firstname.lastname@example.org or