Miami, Florida. December 2021.
As we approach the holiday season my mind begins to look back over the past couple of years and I can’t help but to ask myself, “How has God brought us through all of this?” He has been so faithful to our church and has blessed us in more ways than we could ever count. We could never do anything to repay Christ for all He has done for us, and we know because of what Jesus did on the cross we will never have to. Yet, because of His goodness to us we feel a great responsibility to be good stewards with what the Lord has blessed us with.
Therefore, in the next couple of months we will be dedicating our annual Christmas giving to pay off the mortgage we owe on our new building. You may be asking yourself, “But, shouldn’t we be using the money to help families in need?” Or maybe you’re asking, “Isn’t it selfish to only think about ourselves during this time of year?” And I know you may be asking that because we as pastors have also asked that same question. However, we feel strongly led by God to do this and it really makes sense when you think about it. How much more could the church do for the community if we had NO MORTGAGE to pay off? So, we must think long term in this situation and be the best stewards we can be with the gifts God has given to us.
So, while we were praying about what to do for the Christmas offering this year, we saw there was a gap between where the church is and where the church needs to be in a financial sense. We have such big dreams and big ideas for the future of New Dawn but the debt we have has become somewhat of a weight that we carry. We know that God can do all things so we don’t let that weight slow us down, but it is a weight that we believe we can remove easily and in turn it will allow us to do so much more for the cause of Christ. We need to come together as a church and faithfully give out of the abundance God has so gracefully blessed us with. Together we will build a bridge that leads to the financial freedom the church needs to really be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community.
Little is much when God is involved. We ask that you take time to consider what God would have you do as we move forward. Also, we ask you to join us in praying for our church so that it can continue to be a bridge to Jesus for those in the next generation to come. So many churches have suffered, and many have even closed their doors during these turbulent times we have endured. We are so thankful that we are still able to take part in the beautiful story of salvation that started oh so many years ago with a man and a woman in a garden. Please consider helping our church to Bridge the Gap from this generation to the next.
Yours in Christ,