”We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.”
2 Corinthians 8:20-21New International Version (NIV)
Money. Most of us have a love-hate relationship with it.
We love having enough to meet our needs, share with loved ones, and even indulge a little. But we hate that it’s necessary for so much of life.
For some reason, we shy away from talking about money, too. Maybe it’s because we fear we’ll be judged for how much we have or don’t have…or how we use it.
But oddly enough, money appears to be one of God’s favorite topics. Many Biblical scholars claim the Bible refers to money more than 2,000 times! I must confess I haven’t taken the time to verify.
Here’s what I do know: God warns against debt and encourages giving. He cautions against greed and requires fairness. He discourages gluttony and honors contentment.
In short, He tells us that how we view and use money indicates the temperature of our hearts. If I’m absorbed with worry or prideful of my accumulations, my heart is far from God.
If I’m content and give joyfully, my heart reflects a childlike faith and trust in God.
The Bible also presents a theme of stewardship. We who are among the world’s wealthiest citizens are blessed—not to live in luxury, but to give extravagantly. And we are to give wisely, yielding the greatest gain possible for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.
We at The Boaz Project want you to know that we take that principle seriously. We consider it a holy calling to guard your gift, to carry out your intentions and use your investment effectively to minister to orphans in Jesus’ name.
We believe that financial accountability is prudent. For that reason, we have quarterly reviews conducted by one of our nation’s top ten accounting firms. We have also joined E.C.F.A (the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) and adhere to their strict policies for all of our financial operations and records.
But we also spend a lot of time in prayer, asking for guidance and wisdom as we make decisions regarding our programs and strategies.
Today, we’d ask that you pray with us. Pray that we’d use the funds donated to their greatest potential for reaching orphans. Pray that we handle finances in a way that honors our government and our Lord.
Most of all, pray that the way we handle finances indicates a healthy heart, content and giving joyfully.
Please also pray for:
members of our December teams to Russia and Kenya, that the Lord would provide their financial requirements and prepare their hearts for ministry to orphans.
our Russian leadership as it meets with orphanage directors and determines this year’s programming. Ask God for wisdom in light of the new Russian law which prohibits conversations about faith outside of a registered church building.
the encouragement and resources our partners in Russia, India and Kenya need in order to serve orphans well.
the Russian Christian Foster Home, as it prepares to welcome another child. Pray that all members of the family would adjust smoothly and serve as a witness of God’s adopting love.
Please thank God for:
multiplying the resources donated to the advancement of His kingdom.
excellent test scores by many of our children in India. Education plays a major role in breaking the chains of poverty for these precious children.
meeting the needs of the girls who were forced to leave Daya Vihar Home and transition to new circumstances. God has answered your prayers for them in miraculous ways!
*This article on stewardship is the third in a series covering each of The Boaz Project’s core values. This month’s core value is “Financial accountability is prudent”—I Cor. 4:2, II Cor. 8:20 &21.