Ice Bucket Challenge

Over the last few weeks, my Facebook newsfeed has been filled with videos of people doing the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Ice Water ChallengeThe rules are simple: A participant who has already taken the challenge nominates someone else. Within 24 hours of being challenged, the nominated participant is to record a video of completing the following: First, they are to announce their acceptance of the challenge. Then, a bucket of ice water is to be lifted and poured over the participant’s head. Then the participant calls out a challenge to other people. The participant is expected to donate $10 to the ALS Association if they have poured the ice water over their head, or donate $100 if they have not.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a horrific progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. There is no known cure. Through the Ice Bucket Challenge, millions of dollars have been raised for ALS research.

While I wholeheartedly hope a cure for ALS can be found soon, I have already decided that, if nominated, I will decline the challenge, for a number of reasons.

First, I have a limited budget. I only have a certain amount I can afford to give to charities. Although I agree that ALS is a horrible disease that needs to be cured, there are thousands of other causes competing for the funds in my charitable giving budget. I choose to give to other causes.

Second, there are concerns about my money going to fund research that uses stem cells from aborted babies. According to the Northeast Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Consortium website, at least one clinical trial used stem cells that were engineered from the spinal cord of a single fetus electively aborted after eight weeks of gestation. The tissue was obtained with the mother’s consent. While I absolutely hope and pray for a cure for ALS, I cannot condone nor fund research that involves the murder of an unborn child to obtain stem cells. While I understand that only a small percentage of funds go to such research, and I could probably designate that my money would go to other research, I still find giving to the ALSA to be problematic, especially since there are so many other important causes to support that have nothing to do with embryonic stem cell research.

Lastly, I question the idea of giving to a charitable cause simply because someone dared me to do it. If I give simply because someone calls me out on Facebook, and I have to post a video of myself doing something silly to broadcast my participation, then why am I donating? Is it because I truly care about ALS, or just because I want to show off? From the Sermon on the Mount:

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” Matthew 6:1-4

Jesus warns about giving to charity in order to be seen by others – He calls it hypocrisy. The reason to give is not because someone calls me out on Facebook, and I shouldn’t be showing off by posting a video of myself getting ice water dumped on my head. I should be giving because God has given me the resources to give, and the glory should go to Him, not to me.

IceWaterWhatAlthough I have not yet been challenged to do the Ice Bucket Challenge, if I am, I will politely decline. The money I decide to give to charity, I will give privately, not to show off, but to glorify God.

Here’s my challenge to my readers: Pray about what God would have you do to support charitable causes and ministries. Research organizations that follow Godly principles. Seek His will for your giving. Then, obey by giving to those organizations that He lays on your heart. But, do so without bringing attention to yourself. Don’t post a video on Facebook, and don’t tell me, or anyone else, about it. Then, thank God in private that He gave you the resources to be able to help others.

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Mexico Mission Trip Update – April 9, 2012

Here’s the latest update on our fund-raising efforts for Stacey’s and Joey’s mission trip to Monterey, Mexico.

We’ve raised $1,344 toward the trip; we still need to raise another $884.  We‘re currently selling Little Caesar’s coupon booklets for $5.  The youth group will be having a rummage sale/car wash on May 19th.  There are some other fund raisers in the works, but the bottom line is, we could really use a few more donations.

From June 2nd – 8th, 2012, Joey and Stacey have the opportunity to join our church, Fairfield First Baptist, on a mission trip to orphanages near Monterrey, Mexico.  The team will be serving the children in 10 Christian Casa Hogar’s (Children’s Homes), and two churches in the Rio and Cadereyta communities.

Joey

Joey

Stacey

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The cost is $1,114 each for them to be able to go.
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Their efforts will include:

  • Construction work to improve the facilities, programs, and living conditions
  • Sorting and preparing donations for the daily distribution to the children’s homes
  • Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ though interaction and relationship building

For more information about the trip and how you can support Stacey and Joey, you can download the flier from my website: http://www.web-ling.com/mexico.rtf.  Even if you aren’t able to make a donation, we covet your prayers, both for the fundraising, as well as for the trip itself.

If you’d like to make a donation, send a check payable to:

Fairfield First Baptist Church

Attn:  Mission Trip

1072 Hicks Blvd.

Fairfield, OH 45014

 Please enclose a note that the money is for Stacey and Joey Wendling.

Thank you for your prayer and support!

Fairfield First Baptist Church is partnering with Back 2 Back Ministries for this mission trip.

Back 2 Back Ministries

Back 2 Back Ministries

The Door-to-Door Bible Salesmen

A pastor determined that his church was getting into very severe financial troubles.  While checking the church basement, he discovered several cartons of brand new Bibles that had never been opened.

So during his Sunday sermon, he asked for three volunteers from the congregation who would sell the Bibles door-to-door for $10 each to raise the desperately needed funds for the church.

Ralph, Thomas and Eddie all raised their hands to volunteer for the job.

The pastor knew that Ralph and Thomas were professional salesmen and were quite able to sell some Bibles. But he had serious reservations about Eddie, who had always kept to himself because he was embarrassed by his speech impediment. Poor Eddie stuttered badly. But, not wanting to discourage Eddie, the pastor decided to let him try anyway.

He sent the three of them away with cases of Bibles. He asked them to meet with him and report the results of their door-to-door selling efforts the following Sunday.

Anxious to find out how effective they were, the pastor asked Ralph, “Well, Ralph, how did you do selling our Bibles last week?”

Proudly handing the pastor an envelope, Ralph replied, “Using my sales expertise, I was able to sell 20 Bibles, and here’s the $200 I collected in support of the church.”

“Fine job, Ralph!” the pastor said, energetically shaking his hand.
“You are indeed a fine salesman and the Church is indebted to you.”
Turning to Thomas, “And Thomas, how many Bibles did you sell for the
Church last week?”

Thomas, smiling and sticking out his chest, proudly replied, “I am a professional salesman… I sold 28 Bibles for the church, and here’s $280 I collected.”

The pastor responded, “That’s quite impressive, Thomas. You are truly an expert salesman and the church is grateful to you.”

Uneasily, the pastor turned to Eddie and said, “And Eddie, did you manage to sell any Bibles last week?” Eddie handed the pastor a large envelope. The pastor opened it and counted the contents. “What is this? Eddie, there’s $3200 in here! Are you telling me that you sold 320 Bibles for the church, door to door, in just one week?”

Eddie just nodded.

That’s preposterous!” Ralph and Thomas exclaimed. “We’re professional salesmen, yet you claim to have sold 10 times as many Bibles as we could.”

“Yes, this does seem dubious,” the pastor agreed. “I think you’d better explain how you managed to achieve this, Eddie.”

Eddie shrugged. “I-I-I re-re-really do-do-don’t kn-kn-know f-f-f-for sh-sh-sh-sure,” he stammered.

Impatiently, Ralph interrupted. “For crying out loud, Eddie, just tell us what you said to them when they answered the door!”

“A-a-a-all I-I-I s-s-said wa-wa-was,” Eddie replied,
“W-w-w-w-would y-y-y-you l-l-l-l-l-like t-t-to b-b-b-buy th-th-th-this b-b-b-b-Bible f-f-for t-t-ten b-b-b-bucks ——o-o-o-or——– wo-wo-would yo-you j-j-j-just l-like m-m-me t-t-to st-st-stand h-h-here and r-r-r-r-r-read it t-to y-y-you??”

Mexico Mission Trip Update – March 7, 2012

Joey

Here’s the latest update on our fund-raising efforts for Stacey’s and Joey’s mission trip to Monterey, Mexico.

Thanks to three very generous gifts, and selling 55 pies, we’ve raised over half of the money we need!

However, we still need to raise several hundred dollars more.

From June 2nd – 8th, 2012, Joey and Stacey have the opportunity to join our church, Fairfield First Baptist, on a mission trip to orphanages near Monterrey, Mexico.  The team will be serving the children in 10 Christian Casa Hogar’s (Children’s Homes), and two churches in the Rio and Cadereyta communities.

Stacey

The cost is just over $1,100 each for them to be able to go.

Their efforts will include:

  • Construction work to improve the facilities, programs, and living conditions
  • Sorting and preparing donations for the daily distribution to the children’s homes
  • Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ though interaction and relationship building

For more information about the trip and how you can support Stacey and Joey, you can download the flier from my website: http://www.web-ling.com/mexico.rtf.  Even if you aren’t able to make a donation, we covet your prayers, both for the fundraising, as well as for the trip itself.

If you’d like to make a donation, send a check payable to:

Fairfield First Baptist Church

Attn:  Mission Trip

1072 Hicks Blvd.

Fairfield, OH 45014

 Please enclose a note that the money is for Stacey and Joey Wendling.

Thank you for your prayer and support!

Fairfield First Baptist Church is partnering with Back 2 Back Ministries for this mission trip.

Back 2 Back Ministries

Back 2 Back Ministries

I’M SENDING MY CHILDREN TO A MEXICAN ORPHANAGE!

OK, now that I have your attention…

Here’s the latest update on our fund-raising efforts for Stacey’s and Joey’s mission trip to Monterey, Mexico.

Joey

Joey

Thanks to a couple of very generous gifts, and brisk pie sales, we’re off to a great start!

From June 2nd – 8th, 2012, Joey and Stacey have the opportunity to join our church, Fairfield First Baptist, on a mission trip to orphanages near Monterrey, Mexico.  The team will be serving the children in 10 Christian Casa Hogar’s (Children’s Homes), and two churches in the Rio and Cadereyta communities.

Their efforts will include:

Stacey

Stacey

  • Construction work to improve the facilities, programs, and living conditions
  • Sorting and preparing donations for the daily distribution to the children’s homes
  • Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ though interaction and relationship building

The cost is approximately $1,100 each for them to be able to go.

For more information about the trip and how you can support Stacey and Joey, you can download the flier from my website: http://www.web-ling.com/mexico.rtf.  Even if you aren’t able to make a donation, we covet your prayers, both for the fundraising, as well as for the trip itself.

Orphans

Orphans

If you’d like to make a donation, send a check payable to:

Fairfield First Baptist Church

Attn:  Mission Trip

1072 Hicks Blvd.

Fairfield, OH 45014

 Please enclose a note that the money is for Stacey and Joey Wendling.

Thank you for your prayer and support!

Fairfield First Baptist Church is partnering with Back 2 Back Ministries for this mission trip.

Back 2 Back Ministries

Back 2 Back Ministries

Mexico Mission Trip Fundraising Update 2/9/2012

Mission Trip fundraising update:

Stacey and Joey are continuing to raise money for their mission trip to Mexico in June. The fundraising is going very slowly. If you would be interested in contributing, the information can be downloaded from my website at: http://www.web-ling.com/mexico.rtf

Also, for anyone in the Fairfield / Cincinnati area, we’re also selling pies until February 19. We have apple, Dutch apple, cherry, blueberry, lemon meringue, peach, pecan, chocolate cream, and coconut cream, and they’re $15.00 each, with delivery on March 2. They come from Pie Peddler (www.thepiepeddler.com), and these are some of the BEST pies I’ve ever had! Contact me if you’d like to purchase one.