Sacred Church, I have been reflecting on your contagious spirit of generosity. Let's recap the past couple months:

October // care about what our city cares about

  • Over the summer, we volunteered with the Burlingame Recreation Center and raised $2,000 to give to the Burlingame Recreation Department's Youth Scholarship Fund to help Burlingame students participate in recreation activities! By caring for what our city cares about, we show our city (and remind ourselves) that God's mission is larger than our personal agendas

October // sending missionaries on the field

  • The Smiths were close to getting back to the mission field, but needed a small push to finalize their fundraising. So we gave them $1,000 to return to South Africa, where they lead effective ministry for kids

November 2015 // sponsoring two more missionaries monthly 

  • In one month, we partnered with Earl and Tammie (pictured below, missionaries to Poland) and another couple (who cannot be named/pictured because their location is sensitive) with monthly support. We now support 5 global missionaries, 2 local missionaries, and 2 ministry organizations

December // handmade decorations, hand delivered

  • We have enjoyed sending a team to visit our local senior living center for the past two-years to provide manicures, hand and foot massages. So our SacredKIDS furthered the friendship and took their first "missions trip" by make decorations and deliver it to them

December // volunteering for the salvation army 

  • We love partnering with people who make a difference, so when the Salvation Army came to us asking for help and we felt compelled! Four of our Sacred-ers volunteered a Saturday to be "bell ringers" at a grocery store in San Bruno and raised $901.29 for the hungry and homeless this season! What makes this especially special: if we DIDN'T send a team, that location would not have been staffed-- therefore, the $901.29 would not have been raised

December 2015 // above and beyond with angel tree

  • I wrote extensively about this already, but it's worth repeating: 30+ kids are receiving gifts this Christmas on behalf of their parents in prison. Now, a dozen of our people are personally delivering these gifts

One thing is certain, Sacred Church: you are not bashful about sowing seeds! It reminds me of something I read yesterday:

See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm... //James 5:7-8

And again here:

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. //2 Corinthians 9:16

I believe our winter-of-giving will turn into a spring-of-harvest... Now, let's wait and see what God does!