Thank You! The pledge forms have been “stowed away” for another six months. The tally sheets’ information has been entered into the computer and now is being ceremoniously retired. Volunteers have gone back to their daily routines, the phones are napping once again, Cindy has carried off the snacks, and the total gifts for this Celebration have again blessed this ministry. Almost 300 contributors called during the Spring Celebration and about 75% of those were “new” donors to this ministry. We are very grateful for all the support and kind words shared during the three-day event.
I wanted to take one more opportunity share the ministry vision for funding WBVN. It is our understanding from Paul’s teachings that God has always funded ministry through the very people that received from the ministry. That’s the biblical pattern we have associated ourselves with for the past 15 years. We do Celebrations to permit the Spirit of God to “stir people’s hearts” and also to “celebrate” with our listeners the ministry they’ve provided over the past year. As you listen you can hear a “light-hearted” celebration and the joy of having had the chance to share the Grace of God over the years. We truly are very grateful for your help in providing that opportunity. We have a tendency to “marry” a joyful mood with a very serious and solemn activity, the activity of giving for the Gospel’s sake. It’s a sacred act when it’s motivated from the heart of a believer and initiated from God’s own prompting. Giving with a cheerful heart is “ground zero” for this ministry. It’s a central theme throughout the three days.
At the same time, we’re aware that each gift is something that some person, family, church or business is entrusting to us to “multiply” to thousands of other believers each day. We’re aware that each gift is a sacrifice by those people. We place a very great value on the “giver” of the gift, actually a higher value than the gift itself! For that reason we are very careful about how we express the motivation to give to WBVN. We don’t “do what ever it takes” to raise funds. We do not encourage listeners to give “until it hurts,” rather, we encourage people to experience the “life-style” of giving that yields blessing because it is the very foundation of the Christian life. Giving should be a natural way for Christian to live. Jesus taught the Word of Truth in a way that expressed a knowledge that it’s in giving that we will receive. He was very precise about the order of giving, obligating that action first. It’s a simple truth. As believers, we’ll always have to humble ourselves to that teaching to fully experience the fullness of the Christian life. However, if during our Celebrations we simply find a way to separate our listeners from their money, we have not encouraged a sacred, a holy thing. Ours is to offer the opportunity for the Spirit of God to create a “real desire” to give as a “holy action.” If that takes place during WBVN’s Celebration, two very important things take place at the same time. One, we will be funded sufficiently; second, believers will learn to experience the blessedness that follows being a generous giver, not just financially but the cheerfully part as well.
Thank you again for the kindnesses over the 15 years of this broadcast ministry. We’re aware that the funds you share with us are pledged in good faith and trust and we’re grateful for the opportunity your contributions give WBVN to share the Gospel with thousands of listeners each day. We believe you have a treasure hidden in your hearts that is the Spirit of God and it is a much more valuable treasure than the money Celebrations generate. And, while the gifts are vital and necessary, we value the relationship we have with our listeners more than the contributions that are given. At WBVN that “ground zero” is summed up in the following: “give as unto the Lord (Col 3:23) from each man whose heart prompts him to give (Exodus 25:2) because with perfect heart they offer willingly (1Chron. 29:9) and not only supplying the needs of God’s people, but also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God (2Cor. 9:12).