Most months I share with you a story about someone or something happening to one of our partners or volunteers in the mission field. Today I’d like to share something a bit different. This story is about a donor – a very young one. One who is only 6 years old!
I love speaking to our donors and supporters because it is such a joy to hear from them how God has moved their hearts to partner with us. This experience was one like that and made me feel especially blessed. I had the chance to explain to this young donor – in a very simple way, that she could understand – how we receive money and send it on to the mission field.
At MAI, we recognize that we are stewards of the resources God entrusts to us, and accountability for its use for God’s Kingdom work is something we owe to all donors – big and small, young and old! Jesus made it clear, that it wasn’t the size of the gift that mattered, but the attitude with which it was given! (2 Corinthians 9:7)
A Jar for Jesus!
Recently my colleague Linda brought a letter to me. “You have to see this letter,” she said.
The donation was for an amount of $7.52. It came from a new donor. With the donation was a cover letter from her father explaining that his 6-year-old daughter, Addison, had come to him with money she had saved. Addison asked that it be sent to Medical Ambassadors International to help the poor and tell them about Jesus. I was very moved by the letter and called Addison’s father to see if he could arrange a zoom call with her.
The day of the call was an especially joyful experience. Addison’s father explained that he and his wife had been discussing the work of Medical Ambassadors when Addison came with her donation. Addison wanted to know if we had a great big piggy bank to keep the money that she had sent. She also wanted to know how we would use the money to “help the poor and tell them about Jesus.” She told me how her parents had taught her to divide her weekly pocket money into four tiny jars: Tithe, Give, Save and Spend. It was from the “Give” jar that she had taken the money to be sent to Medical Ambassadors.
Addison is learning a time-tested, Kingdom-centered way to manage her funds. The Bible says, “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” Proverbs 22:6
What a blessing that conversation was with Addison and her dad. I hope, as I share this with you, it will be a blessing to you as well!
God continues to surprise us over and over, by showing us how He is touching and moving hearts.
Thank you for being a faithful partner in MAI’s ministry. Your gift enables us to continue our work and bless the lives of hundreds of thousands in need of healing and transformation.