Giving Tuesday {a request}

By Tuesday, December 1, 2015 0 0

I love the week after Thanksgiving. I know it’s all commercialism and buy buy buy, but I enjoy it. I don’t go crazy, but I do spend a little money over the weekend and on Cyber Monday because sometimes the deals on gifts and things we were looking at anyway are just too good. I always buy our Christmas cards and family photo gifts with these fantastic deals, for example.

Perhaps you got some good deals this weekend too! I love how each day has it’s own name – Black Friday, Small Biz Saturday and Cyber Monday. It helps me plan! I hope you’ll forgive me for jumping on the bandwagon with this request, which is a little different. We’ve had our shopping days, but today is Giving Tuesday, a day that celebrates generosity and doing something more, something to give back.

And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:25

Here’s what they say on givingtuesday.org: “It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.”

There’s no shortage of options. I often share my Angel Tree story and recommend a Global Gift Catalog (today World Vision has a matching gift!). Those are just two special ways my family gives back each year around the holidays.

Would you consider partnering with us as part of your Giving Tuesday plan? We are less than $1500 away from full support, plane tickets, language school, and feet down in the field, where less than 1 percent of people know Jesus.

The statistics say that 77% claim to be Christian, but less than 1% of that group claim Evangelical beliefs. Just to be clear, some of the beliefs up in the air for Spanish “Christians” include the deity of Christ, the personal love of God, Jesus’ death and resurrection, and salvation by faith alone. By our calculations, that means that of 46.5 million people, only 400,000 are evangelical believers.

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Luke 10:2

Your monthly gift (of any amount!) will enable us  to put our feet on the ground at a growing church plant in Alcalá, where the population grows each year. New apartment complexes mean that young families just like ours are moving to Alcalá, where there is not a church on every corner. In Alcalá it really seems like nobody has a neighbor who can share the love of Christ with them. We’ve been called to be that neighbor, and we are so eager to go! We long for the friendships we’ll build trading English for Spanish, meeting children in the courtyard of our complex, and doing life shoulder to shoulder with Spaniards.

You can be part of the amazing joy it will be to see a small Spanish church plant grow, raise up a Spanish pastor, and plant its own church elsewhere.

Giving Tuesday

By Tuesday, December 2, 2014 0 0

Thanks to sick kids and sheer laziness, it seems that we have managed to save 100% on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So far this holiday season, we’ve read the first story in Ann Voskamp’s Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas and hung our ornament on our Jesse Tree, a bunch of branches in a tall vase I put together for our Thanksgiving table.

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Today, however, is a different story. Today is Giving Tuesday, the day when Americans (and first worlders everywhere, I suppose) set aside their crazy Christmas spending in order to be generous with their time, money and resources.

Our family loves to be generous. We have never regretted our charitable giving, even when it really cost us something. There were many months this year, for example, that we continued to support our sponsored child in Peru even though we did not receive an income. It is a joy to hear how little Yasmina’s village is thriving because of sponsors like us, and we would not trade anything for that.

Supporting missionaries is another way we try to be generous with our money. Our hearts are in Spain, where less than 1% of people know Jesus, but God has moved our hearts to support missionaries working in other parts of the world as well. Perhaps he is moving your heart today.

If you would like to spend your Generous Tuesday dollars to help spread the gospel in unchurched Spain, here’s how!

The Missing Verse

By Monday, December 24, 2012 0 0

I love the Christmas carol What Child Is This? because it points to the reason Jesus came to earth: to die.

What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping,
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary!

Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear: for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.

Nails, spear shall pierce him through,
The Cross be borne for me, for you;

Hail, hail the Word Made Flesh,
The babe, the son of Mary!

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh;
Come, peasant, king, to own Him!
The King of Kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him!

Raise, raise the song on high!
The virgin sings her lullaby
This, this is Christ the King
The babe, the son of Mary!

I couldn’t find a YouTube video of a singer who included these verses (I didn’t try hard).

May your Christmas be merry
and everything nice
May you never forget
you were bought with a price.

Christmas 2012

By Saturday, December 22, 2012 0 0

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The angel’s words in Luke 2:10 are so missional. A reminder that Jesus Christ is good news, great joy, for all people. God may have used the disciples strategically to reach the Gentile world, amd it may have surprised them at first, but it was always part of the Plan. Christmas is for all people: not just people in the Judeo-Christian world. It is not an American holiday (although the way we celebrate is often questionable, I see a revolution forming in the hearts of a few influencers). It does not exclude Ethiopia, India or Japan.

Christ is for all people.

We got our last batch of cards out today, which probably means they’ll arrive after Christmas. Perhaps some of you will see this one before it comes in your mailbox. Sorry about that. Thank you for grace!

Christmas Card front

Christmas card back

Have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!