Saturday, November 19, 2011

"for God loves a cheerful giver"

inspiration: theWell rising up to become generation of cheerful givers.


at theWell, the college/20s ministry at Seacoast Church, we have been studying through the book of Romans. we've been challenged by the messages from the pastors as they bring the word of God to show us that the lessons and principles of the Bible are still relevant for us today. sure, the book of Romans was written by Paul  some 2000 years ago, but Scripture is still relevant today.


we've been in a series called Radical for several weeks now. the name was inspired by David Platt's book Radical and it challenges us to turn away from our "American Dreams" in order to serve God in a radical way, whether it's by selling our possessions or simply reaching out to those that need it most. each week, we've had radical challenges, from tipping generously (50-100%) when we dine out (even if our service was terrible), to random acts of kindness, to giving out Bibles, etc.


But this week, we had an amazing opportunity to show the love of Christ in a powerful and amazing way...

TheWell staff received this e-mail early this week
We have a Sailor names Jkelsey that is fresh out of Corpsman School who reported to Naval health Clinic Charleston today – this is her first duty station, and she is a 20 year old E-1. She is in need of the community’s support. With Veteran’s Day tomorrow, what better time to ask for that support?
Jkelsey’s mother died a few days ago – while giving birth. With no other relatives, she has stepped up and has taken custody of the infant (her sister.) As a 20 year old E-1 who was planning on living in the dorms, she is now faced not only with raising her sister as her own, but moving into a house or apartment (because children are not allowed in the dorms).
She has no furniture, no infant supplies…she basically has the clothes that she had at Corpsman School. We want to rally around Jkelsey. We all have connections within the community…friends…business owners…folks who can help her with this unexpected burden.
If any of you can help tell Jkelsey’s story in the days to come…it would be much appreciated. Everyone here at Naval Health Clinic Charleston is pitching in to donate what we can, but we are a small Command. With the Community’s help – we can do a great thing in the life of Jkelsey and her infant sister.
and we, as theWell ministry and as the family of God, was challenged to bring what we could and to donate what we could in order to benefit JKelsey.


On Thursday night at theWell service, we were challenged to donate radically - to donate what we could and to step up and help provide for JKelsey and her sister.


We raised $883 on Thursday for JKelsey and a stroller and diapers were also donated!


2 Corinthians 9:7 says, "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."


We were given a challenge and God radically showed up. I am reminded and so encouraged by the rising up of a generation to serve and honor a God who can do all things! we can only imagine the conflicts that are arising in JKelsey's life, losing a mother and gaining a sister to care for alone, but I know that in this small way and in the act of sacrifice from us, JKelsey will see the true body of Christ and she will know that she is loved and that God will provide for her!


If you would like more information or would like to donate to JKelsey, e-mail me at ashleeeidson@gmail.com or comment on the blog and I can give you more information about where/how to donate!

2 comments:

  1. What an honor to be part of such an amazing group of Christ-followers!!:)

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  2. i completely agree!
    there is nothing more gratifying than coming together for someone in need.

    even more amazing is that a pastor from another church e-mailed me to get more information about how his church can also donate. it's amazing to see how God has shown up in this situation!

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