Counting the Cost

For nonprofit organizations like the Alpha Women’s Resource Center, financial donations are a crucial part of the ministry. The media is quick to point out that, according to the current administration’s plans, donations to nonprofits may soon no longer be tax exempt. Therefore, many people may decide to cut back or even eliminate charitable giving and we recognize that as a distinct possibility.

As believers in Christ, that way of thinking has no basis for merit. God’s Word is clear that He knows our needs and has promised to meet them if we are faithful to give. Malachi 3:10 says “ bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.”

God has been gracious to triple the operating budget for the Alpha Center over the past ten years. No one person can take credit for the increase and no one program or grant can meet all the needs of the ministry. Only God can do that and He is clear that His provision comes as a result of obedience by His people. In the same way that our clients are taught in the “Earn While You Learn” curriculum about the importance of disciplining their children and teaching them to obey, so too must we as Christians be disciplined in our commitment to give.

Recently, as I was expressing concern for the low balance in the center’s checkbook, a pastor reminded me that “God owns the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10). He went on to say “We only need three or four and He has already taken them to the stockyard!” There you have it, plain and simple.

I covet your prayers for the Alpha Center ministry. During the past few months, the staff and volunteers have prayed for the clients by name asking God to save and change lives. Through an outpouring of God’s grace and mercy, 9 women and 1 man have made a profession of faith! One by one, lives are being changed for eternity as we who are faithful pray, give and serve. Jesus paid the price and He didn’t worry about the cost. He calls us to go and do likewise.

Serving Him,
Diane