A couple of weeks ago I woke up to a Facebook message from someone that I don’t hear from often. There’s a transcript of the conversation:
Friend: Do you need anything?
Me: What do you mean?
Let me stop your right there from reading the rest of the conversation. I mean, who wakes up to someone asking them if they need money? That doesn’t happen in real life, right? Well, it did and it happened to me. Ok, keep going…
Me: Well, we are trying to raise 50k to upgrade our elementary environments, invest in chronically hungry kids in Fresno, and hire a second staff member.
I was thinking he was talking about the church, since we’re trying to raise money for our end-of-year giving campaign and expand the work of the church. He responds…
Friend: Nice! Well, I woke up feeling like I needed to give you $300?
Me: Well, I woke up to a crying child and so that brightens the day! LoL
Friend: Haha I should be out of work by 4
Me: Ok, you can also do it through text. Just type WATC to (559) 745-7009. It will ask you to register a card and then you can text in the amount (300) and it will deduct if rom your account.
Friend: I think it’s cash for you
At this point I was shocked. I thought, “So, you mean to tell me you feel like God is telling you to give me $300 cash, personally… for me? Not for the church?”
Have you ever had an experience like that? No? I wouldn’t expect you to.
Here’s the thing, I met up with him in the Target parking lot. I’m sure it looked like a drug deal to onlookers because we both got out of our cars and he shook my hand with a wad of cash in it and gave me a hug.
I said, “Did God tell you what I was going to do with he cash?”
“No.” He replied.
I thanked him, we chatted and he left.
Imagine the burden to do what is the right thing with this $300. In my family, we have everything budgeted out. We have specific amounts that go to specific categories. We do not frivolously buy anything. We weigh it out because we want to be good stewards of the money God entrusts to us… but for some reason, this $300 weighed extra heavy on us to do the right thing. The problem was, we didn’t know what the right thing was.
So for three days, we prayed about it and one verse kept coming to my mind:
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much…”
Luke 16:10 NIV
At the end of those three days, I reached a decision. We were going to give it to the end-of-year campaign at Two Cities Church.
Not even five minutes after I made that decision I got a text from a church planter in Rohnert Park, CA.
Friend: I just saw something on your Facebook about year-end-giving… did you receive our cashiers check? We mailed it.
I had just been thinking about how we need to be faithful with every little gift and God will entrust us with more. That’s exactly what was happening. Now I realize that they had already sent the check and we would’ve received it either way, but I believe God withheld the information until we made the decision he knew we would make.
Later that day I went to the box and do you know what was in that box? A check for Two Cities Church from Discovery Church in Rohnert Park for $1,000. That’s right one-thousand dollars.
Want to see God do miraculous things in your financial life? Don’t squeeze every penny for yourself. Be generous and willing to share. (1 Timothy 6:18) In fact, when it comes to giving, it’s the only thing God actually says to test him on.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
You have an opportunity to invest in something amazing, the local church. If you do, I think God might do something miraculous in your own life. Be a part of something amazing. Be a part of funding the church so that we can expand our efforts, reach more people, and feed more hungry kids in the name of Jesus Christ.
4 Simple Ways You Can Give to Our “WeAreTwoCities” end-of-year campaign:
- Send a check to Two Cities Church
1865 Herndon Ave K304
Clovis, Ca 93612
- Send a Text
“WATC” to 559.745-7009 and then the amount you’d like to give. Here’s a little video to show you how easy it is.
- Give Online by clicking here
- In Service
Drop a check or cash into our offering bucket during a service
Your gifts are tax-deductible and you’ll receive a giving receipt in January.
Thank you for being a part of something amazing, the local church, which is the hope of the world.