high tech… will not save us

There is a sense in which construction paper and poster board is classic.  It brings back the days of elementary school and fun art projects.  So in that vein, and because it’s what we had around the house, we now unveil…. (drum roll)

Our magnificent fundraising barometer…

Well, it’s not actually a barometer, but lays out where we are and where we need to be.  As you can probably guess there are a larger number of smaller gifts at the bottom with a smaller number of larger gifts at the top.  Wesley has helped with the stickers and it is good to have a visual that represents our progress, the work ahead of us, and our complete dependence on God.
This week I’m preaching from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth in the 1st century and he says, “God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong…”  Our chart reminds me of our weakness, foolishness, and seeming insignificance.  It also reminds me of the power of God who is bringing together people to pray and give so that somewhere lives will be changed.  Through your praying and giving a community will be reshaped by the presence of Jesus through his church.  Each sticker on this chart is part of God’s promise of grace and transformation taking root in a new place.  Some days raising money, making calls, and sending emails feels pretty lame, but when when I remember what we’re doing, where we’re heading, and ultimately the saving purposes of God I know that it is a privilege.  It is a privilege to be one of the foolish, weak people that God uses to show his own wisdom and strenght.

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