Sunday, we took an extra offering at the end of the service for our dear sister, Grace Agaba. She recently became a member of our church and has an amazing ministry to hundreds of orphans in Uganda, founding and operating an enormous facility that houses, feeds, educates, and shepherds boys and girls in great need who are without a home or a family. (By the way, if you haven't had the privilege of hearing about Grace's ministry, you'll have to ask her about it when she gets back because she has an amazing testimony and has such an incredible passion to reach people with the love of Christ!) Grace is currently on a plane flying back to Uganda and will spend about two months there and when she returns she'll be sharing with us all that God did in and through her while she was away.
Many of you asked
on Sunday if you could give to Grace's ministry
this coming Sunday because, not knowing about the special offering we were taking, you weren't prepared last Sunday to be able to give. So, we wanted to let you all know that
we will be taking a special offering again this coming Sunday, this time giving you some advanced notice. As I spoke with Grace about some of you who wanted to give but hadn't been able to last Sunday, and our plan to take another offering this
coming Sunday, she hugged me and through her tears said, "Our church is so generous!"
Since day one of our church plant, I have been so thankful and blown away by your generosity. There hasn't been a need that has been raised publicly in our church that someone hasn't jumped in to meet, whether physically doing work, whether making phone calls to figure things out, or writing a check to meet a financial need. Your generosity is palpable. From
generous smiles and
on Sunday mornings, to
generously giving of your time and energy in serving others, to
generously giving of God's money that He has entrusted to you, your
generosity images and echoes the
generosity of our Savior. As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 8:9, "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich." And because of Christ's example and because His love has taken control of your hearts, you, like the church in Macedonia, "according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints." (2 Cor. 8:3-4)
May we never cease to be generous towards those around us because our God never ceases to be generous towards us. May we image His generous, extravagant grace in as many ways as possible. And may God be glorified as we live on and live out His amazing grace!