Our 2013 is off to a roaring start; we provided 1371 medical appointments in January and February alone! Should we continue at this pace we will provide more than 8200 appointments this year, 1,200 more than we expected. We are thrilled with this evidence that God has given us a necessary ministry and important calling, yet in my flesh I worry about how to deliver more healthcare than planned while staying within our 2013 budget. I worry our fundraising goal of $405,000 may not be enough to fund the work that is before us.
And then God reminds me worries aren’t necessary, that He can and will take care of everything if only I would trust Him. He made His point just last week:
Gwinnett Church and North Point Ministries blessed us with a fundraising challenge, offering a matching gift of $30,000 to fund our greatest needs. We have until July 1st to raise our half of the match. We estimate 123 donations of varying amounts are needed to reach our goal. This Giving Pyramid illustrates how many donors at what level are needed to raise $30,000:
Amount Donors Total
$3000 1 3000
1500 4 6000
700 8 5600
300 14 4200
150 32 4800
100 64 6400
God did not design us to worry about worldly concerns, but rather to find joy in His creation and give glory to Him for all that He has provided. No matter what the result of this request for your support, I praise God for His faithful provision to our ministry, for I know He would not have shown us this much need in our community and then left us unable to respond to it. I hope you believe that too, for I ask you now to consider the Giving Pyramid and give as you can to help us respond to the need as we should. In response to this request my wife and I have decided to give $700, believing we should not count on you to do something we would not do ourselves. Will you be among the other 122?
We pray for you and hope that your 2013 will be abundantly blessed, and we thank you all for your prayer, labor and generosity.