Giving to Churches, Helping Children & Prayers for the Deaf
Scripture-engaged people give most of their charity to churches, giving 13 times as much as the Bible disengaged, but also outpace the Bible disengaged in giving to non-church charities. Send Relief’s Family Advocacy Ministry (FAM) program is trying to tackle the problem one child – and one church – at a time. And, the International Mission Board is asking for Christians to pray for a group of deaf people in Asia.
Scripture-engaged people give most of their charity to churches, giving 13 times as much as the Bible disengaged, but also outpace the Bible disengaged in giving to non-church charities. The Scripture engaged gave 62 percent more than the Bible disengaged to non-church charities, the ABS found.
The elderly, those 76 and older, gave to charity more often than younger generations in 2021. Half the members of Generation Z, ages 18-25, contribute to charity, compared to 84 percent of the elderly.
“We can attribute this pattern partly to economics. Many Gen Z adults aren’t earning their own money yet, or they’re at the bottom of the pay scale,” the ABS said. “But Gen X currently has the highest income of any group, and yet they are less likely to give than the two older generations. Is this a matter of disposable income, or is there a cultural commitment to philanthropy that’s stronger in the older groups?” Those who were ages 42-57 in 2021 were included in Gen X.
Send Relief’s Family Advocacy Ministry (FAM) program is trying to tackle the problem one child – and one church – at a time. In fact FAM is hosting a webinar Nov. 15 for those who want to learn more about how their church can help. (Register here).
FAM helps churches with three ministry goals: prevention, connection and intervention.
Prevention helps churches develop ways to support and preserve biological families in need. Practical ministry often looks like babysitting or providing meals for these families.
Intervention refers to the role churches can play once a child does end up in the foster care system. Once a child enters the system, FAM equips churches to surround foster families within their congregations with support and also help raise up other church members to become foster parents.
Connection is the final stage of FAM, where adoption becomes the goal for children who cannot be reunited with their biological families. Supporting adoptive families, along with raising up new ones, goes along with this step.
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The International Mission Board is asking for Christians to pray for a group of deaf people in Asia. The group living in Central Asia and attends a hearing church with an interpreter, but they struggle to understand the message and desire teaching intended for the Deaf. Pray for a sign language interpretation of God’s Word and teaching that’s appropriate for the Deaf.
To find other daily prayer needs connected to the IMB, visit IMB.org.
Church Responds to Online Threat, Worship Pastor Wins on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ & Praising God in Prayer
Police in Haymarket, Virginia responded in textbook fashion to neutralize a threat at an area church on Sunday. A Kentucky pastor recently used an appearance on the popular game show Wheel of Fortune to do more than spin the wheel and win some cash. And, Wesley Duewel, the 20th century missionary and prayer leader, once observed, “Praise gives you the spirit of triumph and overcoming. Praise fires you with holy zeal.
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Hard times often are described as “going through a valley.” But Bruce Watson, pastor of First Baptist Jeanerette, La., describes life’s valleys as the place where the soil is the richest. Rudy Kebreau and Randal Lyle are bound by far more than their mutual faith and pastoral calling these days. And, maybe your church has a prayer list. But have you ever considered have a personal prayer list? In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kie Bowman says it may help you remain faithful in prayer.