How genuine is your love?

2 Corinthians 8:
“7 Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us —excel also in this grace [of giving].
8 I am not saying this as a command. Rather, by means of the diligence of others, I am testing the genuineness of your love.”
(read the whole chapter for context)

We leave for Haiti in 16 days, and we still need $569 and LOTS more small toys to make our trip possible. From the time I started accepting donations this year, I’ve pitched the idea that if 500 people donate $2 each (the amount of money that the average Haitian lives on PER DAY), that would pay for a whole trip. Nobody has donated that little, but because of the genuine love of several people, my wife and I have been able to cover our plane ticket costs and only lack that $569 for food, lodging, and ground travel. However, we want to distribute toys in the community of Jacmel, so we desperately need donations for that, too. The toy drive started a couple weeks ago, and this weekend when I checked the box at church, there was only 1 small Wal-Mart bag of toys inside. We need a lot more! If you live in TN but you don’t want to bring them to New River or you cannot, I WILL PICK THEM UP from you…just let me know. Anybody anywhere is also welcome to mail them…just ask for my address.

In the news we hear about thousands of people storming the malls, spending thousands of dollars on gifts. This is because giving is fun…that’s Biblical! God loves a cheerful (or transliterated from the Greek, “hilarious”) giver…especially one who sacrifices to give to the poor. What I’m asking is that as you shop for your family and friends this Christmas season, remember the poor in Haiti. Consider how much you’re throwing down for the loved ones you know, and how little is needed to help those you don’t…especially while you’re already in the giving mood! We’re promised in the Word that if we sow generously, we will reap generously. So live with open hands….if you clench your pennies, your closed fist is not in a position to recieve blessings.

Have a merry Christmas and a happy Hanukah, and help us take the holidays to Haiti!

Donate money: Paypal donation button at http://dcjedi.livejournal.com/86328.html#cutid1 and my MySpace profile: myspace.com/iamthebucky
Donate toys: Bring small used or new toys (Happy Meal toys, dollar store, Target dollar bin, etc) to New River Fellowship to put in the Haiti box OR send me a message. Please do not donate dolls or guns.

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