Hey friends! Welcome to #GivingTuesday, the only day in your year when every $1 you give turns into $4!
#Giving Tuesday is a movement designed to launch the Christmas season with an emphasis on generosity rather than material pursuits. It's a response to the materialism of Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) that is all about spending on self and loved ones.
As in years past, our friends at the Jesus Film Project are our "Giving Tuesday" partners, and this year my wife Susie and I — and hopefully you — are joining them in their campaign to help take the Gospel to new parts of West Africa!
According to the Jesus Film Project team:
"This is a region that is desperate to hear the Gospel. In some places, there are few, if any, churches. There are 34 unreached people groups! Think of the opportunity. Moms, dads, and children are completely unreached! Your gift will make you a part of an incredible vision to see thousands of small groups and faith communities grow into multiplying, self-sustaining churches!... Our goal is to see 7,920 small groups started that will become self-sustaining churches, and we believe that with your faithfulness God will multiply your giving even further."
Note that this campaign comes with a double matching offer. First, Susie and I will match your gift, so your $1 becomes $2. Then other Jesus Film supporters will match our combined gift, turning it into $4. Where will you find a better kingdom investment than that?
Here's a little about how the project works from the Jesus Film site.
Imagine being part of all this:
● Identifying a village or neighborhood
● Finding a location to meet
● Sharing the good news through the “JESUS” film to people who have never heard it before
● Watching people come to know Him
● Seeing the meeting place begin to fill
● Watching Jesus at work through their lives in an unreached part of West Africa!
● Seeing those people come together in a faith community leading to a self- sustaining church
Incredible! Help make all that happen for $175.
While $175 is the amount needed, on average, per church plant, your gift of any amount would be appreciated! (If you read this too late to give on Tuesday, anything given this week will count.)
So, if all SMI readers together, each giving what he or she has a heart to give, contribute $8,750, Susie and I will match it and the Jesus Film receives $17,500. Then the Jesus Film's matching-grant donor adds $17,500 more, and the $35,000 raised can plant 200 churches! Working together, we can do something significant to "seek and save the lost" in that corner of the world.
Susie and I are happy to join with SMI readers in this effort to take the gospel to new parts of Africa. It's an appropriate way to worship and a great way to begin your celebration of Christmas! After all, Christ came and loved a lost world (which included us), and has given us a similar mission. "As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world" (John 17:18).
May I encourage you to watch a 90-second video and learn how to donate here.
If you give through this link, the Jesus Film team will track your gift so it can be included in the match Susie and I make. Note that the references in the link to your gift being doubled, rather than quadrupled, don't reflect the gift Susie and I will make.