Friday, April 6, 2012

Investing in Scripture

I love our church, you never know what the Pastor will do to make his point.  He has been known to preach on a treadmill, pass out candy, scale a ladder, balance on a 2x4.  A few weeks ago they gave everyone money.

The money wasn't ours but we were instructed to invest it, make it grow or add to and give it away.  It wasn't ours in the first place, we were the stewards.  People were given varying amounts from $1-$50.  Bob and I together were given $22.  We had until Easter to make a plan and give it away, and return the enclosed card sharing what we did with the money.

I knew I wanted to use it to sponsor a verse of Scripture translation for the Vidunda people of Tanzania.  I've been praying and sharing about them but I haven't given yet.  A verse costs $26, a mere $26 but money has been extra tight with our recent move so we hadn't done it.  We recieved $22 so I began thinking of a creative way to find the other $4 for a verse.

We have this change jar that has made the last 2 moves without being counted or cashed.  I figured there had to be at least enough in it for the rest of a verse.  We started counting it and found more than enough for another verse as well.  So we used our $22 +the change to sponsor Matthew 26:24-25

24 For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!" 25 Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, "Rabbi, am I the one?" And Jesus told him, "You have said it."

Very fitting verses for Holy Week.  We read these verses and wish for a more powerful verse, but for Vidunda when they hear these 2 verses they will have LIFE!  Its a good investment to us since the Word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12), and always provides a return on your investment (Isaiah 55:11)

Join me in sponsoring one more verse for the Vidunda people in Tanzania.

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