Giving to the Poor
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?
This discussion is not to infer in any way that tithing to your church is a bad thing, but it is a call to ensure that the Church, as one body, does not lose focus on serving the poor. Grand facilities are fine, but only if they are being used to develop the flock to follow God’s teachings and in turn, serve the poor. I am not Catholic, but you have to be impressed with Pope Francis and his willingness to set a new standard of focus on serving the poor. He came out recently and criticized the wealthy for worrying more about a 2 point drop in the Stock Market instead of the fact that a homeless man died last night.
Service to the poor is not something that can be done on a shoestring budget if you expect the service to be efficient and successful for the long term. It takes quality leadership and a commitment to stay focused on the plight of the poor. We live with this challenge daily at MMI as we need resources to do what we are striving to do. This is not about anything except reaching the poorest of the poor. God has called us and we are here to answer His call. We would love to have you join us in carrying out Jesus directives and reaching those who need us most. Make a donation, join a team, and pray for those that are seeking to leave their own comfort zone to carry out this mission of hope!