Jesus said the widow gave more with her two mites than all
the gold of the Pharisees combined (Luke 21:1– 3). We typically interpret this passage to mean that she gave more as a
percentage because she gave all that she had, 100 percent. But
could it also mean that God, in a miraculous way, multiplied
her gift exponentially greater than all the other gifts? Maybe
instead of seeking only donors with great capacity, fund-raisers
should solicit donors with great faith.
4. Asking establishes long-term relationships. One serious
downside to direct mail and other impersonal forms of fund-raising is that they create distance between the asker and the
giver. Personal solicitation bridges that gap. It’s a conversation
between friends. For Christians, it’s a family discussion. Some
Christian leaders are afraid to ask for money for fear that it
will strain relationships. But asking for a gift actually begins
relationships that will last for eternity.
Because of Elijah’s asking and the widow’s act of faith,
Elijah, the widow, and her family enjoyed food every day until
the famine subsided. Imagine their fellowship around the table
as they rejoiced in God’s amazing provision. Think of Elijah’s
Word every day for months. Christian leaders who avoid
personal solicitation and neglect to cultivate deep relationships
miss incredible ministry opportunities.
Great things may happen when you ask boldly for a gift.
God uses the request to stretch both the asker’s and the
donor’s faith. When the donor responds generously, no matter
how meager the gift may seem, God honors that step of faith
and miraculously provides for the giver and the asker.
If engaging donors by asking is such a large part of God’s
economy, why are Christian leaders so hesitant to step out in
faith? Elijah’s experiences demonstrate that God meets our
needs in many different ways. Praise the Lord for the ravens
who deliver God’s blessing. And praise the Lord for those who
have the faith to ask boldly and for those who give generously
Ron Haas is vice president of The Timothy Group, Grand Rapids, Mich.
He was formerly a GARBC pastor and served as vice president for institutional advancement at Faith Baptist Bible College. This article is an
excerpt from Ask for a Fish: Bold, Faith-Based Fundraising, published
by The Timothy Group. Used by permission.
Great things may happen when you ask boldly for a gift. God uses
the request to stretch both the asker’s and the donor’s faith.
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