The biggest challenge faced by non-profits and ministries today is staying focused on the strategy and not allowing confusion to knock you out of focus. Operating a Medical Ministry during this time increases the chaos even further with issues like the Affordable Care Act, an unstable economy, etc. creating additional concerns to our volunteers and donors. It’s more than many organizations can handle as they allow the confusion to infiltrate the way they conduct their activities.
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are all made up retail holidays that try to get people to spend money to generate revenue. A few years ago, the concept to develop a time to help non-profits continue to save the poor was created from this basic premise… Giving Tuesday. MMI has joined in this effort to gain support to equip the Ministry continue to be able to Change Lives.
Today, we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. This is not just your normal holiday, but a time to stop what you are doing and give thanks to God for all that He has provided. It’s easy for us to forget that every single thing we have has been given to us because God has blessed us. None of us picked the world in which we came in, but once we have arrived, God leaves it to us to use what we are given.
There is a lot of talk throughout the media and even some churches about money management and how people are to handle their monies. The intention of these programs and discussions is related to helping members of the congregation be successful financially and thus give to the Church. Unfortunately, there is little mention to giving so that the ministry can serve the poor. Jesus was very clear in His teachings that we are to seek out the poor. There is nothing wrong with giving to the Church, Local Non-profit, etc. If these resources are related to a new building or another wing without a dedication to the poor, are we using our resources the way God intended when He provided them?