Hey friends! When you woke up this morning did you ever think you’d be planting churches in India?
Well, welcome to #GivingTuesday, a movement designed to launch the Christmas season with an emphasis on generosity rather than material pursuits. It's a response to the materialism of Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) that is all about spending on self and loved ones.
My friends at the Jesus Film Project are "Giving Tuesday" partners, and this year Susie and I --- and hopefully you --- are joining them in their campaign to help grow the church in India!
Dozens and dozens of communities across India lack any knowledge of our Savior. There are just no churches in these places. Moms, dads and children are completely unreached, but we can help do something about it.
Note that this campaign comes with a matching offer from other Jesus Film supporters that, when combined with the match that Susie and I will also make, means every $1 you give translates into $4 for this outreach. Where will you find a better kingdom investment than that?
A gift of $175 would normally be enough to plant one church in India … but because such a gift would be doubled ... and then doubled again ... it would result in planting four churches in a country that desperately needs to hear the gospel. While $175 is the amount needed, on average, per church plant, your gift of any amount
would be appreciated!
Here's a little about the project from the Jesus Film site. Note that their reference to your gift being doubled doesn't reflect the gift Susie and I will make.
We want you to make #GivingTuesday all about Jesus.
And so to help you do that, we’ve partnered with generous partners to provide you with a life-changing challenge gift offer that will help fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission.
That’s right. Today you can help make disciples and plant churches all across India.
You might be surprised to know that it only costs $175 to plant a church in India. (That’s literally just a few dollars per person!) But today—#GivingTuesday—your gift will be doubled, making twice the impact.
This is a country that is desperate to hear the Gospel. They are growing rapidly, and we must do all we can so that the enemy does not get a foothold.
Our goal is to see 20,000 churches planted in India, and I believe that with your faithfulness God will multiply your giving even further.
May I encourage you to watch a two-minute video and learn how to donate here.
So, if all SMI members together, each giving what he or she has a heart to give, contribute $8,750, Susie and I will match it and the Jesus Film receives $17,500. Then the Jesus Film's matching-grant donor kicks in $17,500 more, and the $35,000 raised can plant 200 churches! Working together, we can do something significant to "seek and save the lost" in that corner of the world.
Susie and I are happy to participate in the effort to take the gospel to new parts of India. After all, Christ came and loved a lost world (which included us), and has given us a similar mission. "As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world" (John 17:18).
Hopefully you will join with us and help a little bit. (If you read this too late to give on Tuesday, anything given this week will count.) It's an appropriate way to worship and a great way to begin your celebration of Christmas!