An Eternal Decision
We have discovered over and over, how it truly is better to give than to receive. Just as in any sacrificial act, when we remove the focus off of ourselves and onto others and their needs, our souls have a way of being filled. Giving of our finances is no different.
We got involved with Children to Love several years back through the Market of Hope at our church as well as through mission trips to Romania. Four of the five members in our family have traveled to Romania with CTL. We have been able to first-hand see how the financial gifts are being stewarded. The support and prayers for this organization and these people for over 25 years is also evident. The leaders love Jesus, but without a strong local church are left sometimes as the sole means of the sharing of the Gospel. That’s why their work and programs are so crucial, as is our support of them.
Nikki (second from the right) with some of her 2019 Romania Team and Bogdan and Delia Mehedintu
This summer, I had the privilege of attending summer camp with a team from Laurelglen Bible Church and about 50 of the Romanian children. Most of the children who are in CTL’s programs are either from poverty-stricken families, or have been orphaned. We actually had a few teens that had been recently removed from trafficking situations or had fled war-torn countries that heard the Good News for the first time ever! Praise the Lord. We also had one young girl, 12, who was not new to CTL or the staff or camp, but the Holy Spirit worked in her throughout the week, and at the bonfire the last night of camp she experienced the grace of God like never before and accepted Jesus into her heart... it was an amazing moment and eternal decision!
That’s why we give. If seeds are planted, watered, nourished, cared for, and loved until one day that faith takes full root and salvation blooms, even in just one person, it is worth it!
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:6–7
- Nikki R