By Laura McCarley
March 14, 2021
This is the perfect post to reshare for my “Ciudad chat” today. This is from March 2011, before JP entered the picture.
I want to discuss a random- but often undiscussed- aspect of Christianity: finances/offering/contribution.
I’ve heard it said in a few sermons as of late- “I heard the sex talk in youth group more times and at more retreats than I can count, but I don’t remember a time I was taught about money as a Christian.”
I watched my mom sign a check weekly as a kid and teenager, but it was never mentioned in a class or retreat. How do you give back? And how much? How often? Where does that money go?
Fresh out of college, I found myself a single (POOR) teacher. I had the time, but not the money to do as much mission work as I wanted. I found financial support in a lot of places- many of you reading this now have sent me to Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, and Australia over the past 25 years!
I was scared. Supporting a child until s/he turns 18 is no small commitment- and I was still single; commitment wasn’t yet my strong suit!
I feared what could go south with my finances, but I trusted God and listened to the strong pull in my gut to give back to this place I loved enough to visit annually with college kids.
But additionally, I am reminded of just the simple need to give. The act of sharing my blessings. It’s not much. But I’m thrilled to be able to give it.
And, bonus, I know that my gift goes 100% to Beto’s life and needs. even better? I get to witness the special care and love those dollars provide.