As many of you know, the Philippines recently suffered with a tremendous disaster called Typhoon Haiyan in which many lives were lost, and massive destruction took place as the wind and rain wreaked havoc upon homes, businesses and property.
You have seen many of the pictures of the destruction like I have, and know the repairs and reconstruction will take place for years to come.
Our primary desire at this point is to reach those who are in need of the basics of life which includes food and water, as well as shelter from the elements.
With this in mind, we are going to be receiving a special love offering for the Philippines on (DATE), and the funds will be sent to (NAME OF CHARITY) for proper distribution. We have used (NAME OF CHARITY) many times in the past for times like this, and trust they will use the funds as intended so that many lives will be touched.
I have found that when the need is personal that we respond in a much more compassionate way. In other words, if we know members of our family are in need, we will do everything within our power to minister to them and alleviate their pain.
Jesus made sure we knew how to “personalize” these situations when he gave us the following verse of scripture: Matthew 25:37-40 (NIV) 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' 40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
When we realize our gifts of sacrifice and love are ultimately for the Lord it helps us to personalize our giving, especially when we have a personal relationship with Christ!
Of course, we can't meet the entire need however, we are able to do “something” that will be a blessing to someone in need!
I encourage you to be in prayer concerning what your gift will be, then be prepared on (DATE) to give in this special love offering.
Blessings in Christ!
Pastor John Doe
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