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40 Day Generosity Devotional Leads to Miraculous Giving During Gospel Movement Event
www.LovingOurCommunity.org uses 40 Day Generous Life Bible Devotional to help a church in Guatemala during a Gospel Movement event to raise $469,000 for a special offering to help the needy!
My name is Pastor Rony Madrid and I live in Guatemala, a country with many challenges. But maybe the biggest challenge is to be able to see what the LORD sees and do what the LORD wants. There is so much poverty here, that those who were born here, we have learned to accept it as part of the landscape, it seems like is a normal thing to us. I am pastor of a church called "Real Life,” and through verses in Isaiah 58 the LORD began to awaken my heart to help the needy. In this passage God says to his people: I'm not impressed with your religion if you do not dedicate yourself to help the poor.
Isaiah 58:6-7 say, “This is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.”
As a result of understanding the will of God, we decided to start a movement called Iniviativa58.org and also to do a nationwide campaign called "40 Days of generosity.”
A well known business man in my city was able to arrange for FREE advertising space on TV, radio, and newspapers. What a joy to see how the LORD opened this media door for us and $4,000,000US was donated for FREE!
The LORD was also working behind the scenes. One month before the campaign started, my friend Dave Polstra from Perimeter Church in Atlanta came from Atlanta to Guatemala. He told me that his church had a matching fund of $20,000US to help build houses for people in need. In Guatemala there is an organization called “Un techo para mi país” (A Roof for My Country) that uses volunteers to build small houses for $1500US. We decided to challenge our church families to give their offerings to help build houses for a needy family.
At the beginning I thought we could raise the $20,000US, so we can meet the $20,000US matching fund and build 25+ houses. During the campaign my faith grew and I thought we could raise enough money to build 40 to 60 houses. Finally the day of the offering we were surprised by the Lord. We saw many families make enormous efforts to generous support this project.
Here’s just a few examples of the outpouring of generosity we experienced. A young girl asked her dad to donate all of her Quinceañera Celebration monies (a long awaited and costly family event for teenage girls in Latin America when they turn 15) to build houses for the needy. A grandparent couple had been saving up money to take all of their grandchildren to Disney World. When the 40 Day campaign happened, the grandchildren came to the grandparents and asked them to donate all the Disney World vacation monies to help build houses for the needy. One of the 8 year old grandsons said, “Grandpa, if God wants us to go to Disney World someday, He will provide another way. But these families need our help now.” A Christian businessman challenged all of his employees to donate and help build houses for the needy. He told them he would double whatever funds they gave. The employees pooled their resources and raised $15,000US and he matched it with another $15,000 – and together their company helped build 20 houses.
When the 40 days were over, we didn’t receive a $20,000 offering or a $40,000 or $60,000 offering. When all the offering monies were counted at our church, we received $469,000US – enough to build 313 houses! This was the greatest offering our church ever received in one weekend. We praise the LORD for what He did in us and through us during these 40 Days.
The next year, the LORD again put in my heart the idea we should do another campaign to help the needy. At first I had my doubts if this was a good idea. I was afraid that maybe people were getting tired of giving. But one morning, I received an email from a lady in the congregation, that new nothing about the idea God has put into my heart. Here is what she wrote me, “Good morning, Pastor Rony. God bless you and your ministry. I want to give you a message from the LORD: He told me about a health campaign that is in your heart. He says, is not from you, He has placed in you heart. Don't worry, because He has it all planned.”As we moved forward, we decided we wanted to bless people living in extreme poverty with 4 basic items they needed for their health and well-being:
· Water Filter: Contaminated water is the cause of chronic malnutrition in Guatemala 52% of the population suffers from this condition.
· Ecological Stove: Many mothers get sick and even die from lung diseases because they cook using open-fires.
· Solar Panel with 4 lights: In Guatemala, many houses do not have electricity.
· An ecological latrine: To avoid contamination.
This time we did the campaign only at my local church. But again we had so much fun doing this together. As a result the LORD allowed us to help 1,000 families with a kit called “Home Health". At this time we are sending teams of volunteers to bless many families with these Home Health kits.
It's fun to be generous. In this short article I cannot tell about all the miracles we saw on the process. What I can do is invite you to have fun in the “Generosity roller coaster” and see how God will work in ways you never dreamed or imaged.
To bring a 40 Day Generosity campaign to your church, community, or country with the help of Brian Kluth, author of the 40 Day www.GenerousLife.org Devotional, visit LovingOurCommunity.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 719.930.4000.
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