What would our church and city look like if we took ownership and gave generously?
That’s the question I posed to Awaken on Vision Weekend. 2014 will be marked by those two words: generosity and ownership. I believe that as we take ownership of the opportunities God has given us, then commit to give generously of our time and resources, we will see God do big things in and through us.
We talk about giving every weekend at Awaken, but I wouldn’t want to just talk about it and not do it. God gave the starting line of 10% (“tithe”), so my family and I give that, then above and beyond that as the Lord leads us to do. We train our girls to do this as well.
In 2014, we’ll finally be able to do this as a church as well. We’ve identified some local and global ministries and people that we’ll be partnering with financially this year. Here’s a run-down…
Manna Cafe: Manna is a Christian organization here in Clarksville that exists to “creatively and compassionately restore hope and dignity to the impoverished through the vehicles of food, shelter, and community.” They take this ministry very seriously, and are there to meet very tangible needs.
Hope Pregnancy Center: Hope is a Christian, Bible-based medical pregnancy help center. God has used this incredible ministry and team in my own life (when we miscarried our second child) as well as in the lives of many others. They provide Biblical counseling, support, and recovery programs for people with unexpected pregnancies or post-abortion trauma.
Invade The City: We launched our first-ever ITC last summer and it was a HUGE success! We saw over one-third of the church join in, and we served a total of 704 hours over a 10-day period! In 2014, we’ll be Invading three cities: Clarksville, Charlotte, TN, and Hopkinsville, KY!
Good News Club: Rossview Elementary: Partnering with Child Evangelism Fellowship, we’ll be going on a mission trip every week right inside our city. Rossview Elementary is the biggest school in the city, giving us the opportunity to take the Gospel to around 1,200 kids! Most of them don’t go to church, so we’ll take Jesus to them! Awaken is providing the team, the funding, and the training to get this Good News Club off the ground in 2014.
XXX Church: XXX Church is the self-proclaimed “#1 Porn Christian Porn Site.” They exist to provide awareness, prevention and recovery to those prone to or affected by pornography. They also help men & women who come out of the sex industry as well as set up booths at porn conventions where they share the love of Christ. After all, who’s not intrigued by a Bible that says, “Jesus Loves Porn Stars” on the front? When we contacted them, they notified us of their Vancouver Porn Show outreach that was about to be canceled due to lack of funds. We covered the remaining $2000 so the trip could go on as planned! We’ll also be supporting them financially each month.
Faith Comes By Hearing: FCBH is dedicated to getting the Gospel to unreached people groups, many of whom cannot read and do not have the Bible in their own language. Our monthly donations will go toward proclaiming the Gospel in places where it has never been heard!
Aaron & Kelly Bucy: Aaron Bucy has led worship at Awaken monthly over the last year, and now he and his wife, Kelly, are off to Liverpool, England to do an internship at Cornerstone Church! We supported them financially before they left and will be prayerfully supporting them while they’re gone.