And this is my prayer

In March, I attended a fund raising symposium with 108 people from thirty eight ministries. The intent for me to go was to learn how to be a regional fund development coach for other staff raising their budgets. My biggest take home however, was a conviction about my own fund development.

During one session we studied Philippians.

1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,

To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons[a]:

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,

As you can see, chapter 1 includes his prayer and care for the church that supported him financially. I was immediately convicted. How often do I pray for our donors? I have always been thankful for our donors, but I wasn’t praying for them.
Two things have changed since this symposium.  First, our family instituted a new dinnertime ritual: we pray for a donor.  Secondly, Sandi and I are working harder to call and write each donor to say thank you and ask for prayer requests. Without you, Sandi and I wouldn’t be on campus. It is a humbling experience to think about the sacrifice that each of you makes so that we can join God’s work in students.  Thanks!

One comment

  1. Sharon Holmgren says:

    Thanks for this encouraging word. We always need to pray for one another and it just doesn’t happen much. Thanks for the encouragement for us to remember to pray for you as well. I get so excited when I hear what the Lord is doing through and to you.

    You are dearly beloved,

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