God@Work Through Harvest Gives
Over the years, the Lord has used the generosity of our faith family through year-end giving in exciting ways. Through Harvest Gives last year, our people generously gave thousands of dollars to walk alongside families within our church family who experienced various financial challenges and physical needs.
“We have been so amazed by all the love and support we have been given from the church,” shared Christine and Dave. “So many people care about us and have been so kind to us even though they may not even know us. It helps us to know that we are not alone in our situation. We appreciate and love all of you.”
Dave was diagnosed with stage four cancer on November 3, 2017. He was given a few months to less than two years to live. Although Dave and Christine are taking it one day at a time, praise the Lord, he has surpassed the two-year mark! Dave had his kidney removed in April 2018. By the end of the year, the medical bill was the cost of their maximum out of pocket fee for the year.
“Not long after receiving the bill, we received $1000 from the church,” Christine shared. “That $1000 plus what I had saved covered almost all that bill. It amazed me how God provided just what we needed and at just the right time. This relieved a lot of stress with the holidays approaching last year and allowed us to enjoy our holiday time together and have no medical debt for the start of the new year.”
Sarah had just gotten out of an abusive relationship, given birth to her daughter and found she was out of work due to her job closing their doors when she received her gift from Harvest Gives.
“It was such a great display of brotherly love defined by Christ that is so present in this Church body,” explained Sarah. “Such generous giving at just the right time. Not only have I been so blessed by Harvest Gives, but also by new relationships in the church that have encouraged me in my new role of shepherding my daughter's heart to choose Jesus and serve Him."
Another family in our church was struggling financially and unable to pay their bills.
“To see the church rally around us based on our bond in Christ was very humbling and encouraging,” they shared. “That we were not beaten over the head or made to feel guilty for our bad choices is a testimony to the grace of God shown to us through His people. Many people gave to this fund without any expectation of something in return. They gave generously because they feel deeply the reality that God has been generous to them.”
“This experience confirms the reality of Galatians 6:10 – ‘So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith’.”