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Mission Blessing

December 16, 2008

our church, Table Rock Fellowship, has done something pretty spectacular this month. we launched a challenge, of sorts, called Mission Blessing.

this is how it worked. for one weekend this month each attender who gave monetarily took half of that designated amt. and gave it to someone else. the idea, hope, was that God would bring to mind someone, people, a group, a stranger, a friend, a family member…whoever – to bless with that money. if a person normally gave $100.00 that weekend, they would only give $50.00 and take the remaining $50.00 to use for Mission Blessing.

you know what this does? it puts before people the opportunity to truly reach out. possibly way beyond their comfort zone.  and this isn’t about the money – although the use of it can be quite beneficial – it’s about recognizing a need, purposing to meet that need, and then doing it.

We set up a blog for people to tell their story on. whether they were the giver or receiver – we want to hear about it. friends, you should have to go to Mission Blessing and read a few of the comments left so far. it will blow you away. i sat and bawled last night. this Mission not only will reach the receiver, it will…has, changed the giver.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2008 5:10 am

    What a great idea – what a great way to be part of HIS mission!

  2. December 16, 2008 5:34 am

    Wow…. Tam, that is an amazing idea. Is this done openly or anonymously? This is really incredible.

  3. December 16, 2008 5:40 am

    Love the comments.

    This is something that hubs & I have talked about doing, but our church(es) have always said these things should be done “above our tithes”. Honestly, we haven’t had anything above our tithes to give in awhile.

    I’m glad to see that TRF stepped out of that mantra. Look what happened. Not only did it touch those specific people, but it’s reminding us interpeeps how much we can do because of what He did.

    Love it.

  4. December 16, 2008 5:49 am

    Tam the stories were wonderful. Thank you for sharing that with us. Often this kind of thing is kept quiet. It is neat to see it done as a large group like that and hear of the blessings.

  5. December 16, 2008 8:38 am

    absolutely beautiful idea.
    i applaud the leadership in your church for hearing the voice of God on this. seriously.

  6. December 16, 2008 11:01 am

    Tam, that’s so cool! I love those stories!!

    I’m in the same boat as Mandy – our church encourages giving, but in addition to tithing. If I ever see the day where I can actually give 10 percent to my church and then have some left to do EXTRA, what a blessing that will be! I know a lot of people say the 10 percent is just a guideline, but for me it’s a good goal. We’ve never been able to do that, but it’s a discipline we’re working on. And I truly look forward to having more (MORE TO GIVE!) in the future. For now, I’m thankful that God has blessed us with two jobs that help us give SOME right now.

  7. December 16, 2008 11:09 am

    k, i just read the stories. gave me chills! so awesome.

  8. December 16, 2008 11:17 am

    guys. i am so super proud of my church. the people that make up TRF are amazing. the Pastors – blow me away. their heart for the community is contagious and inspiring!

    i think tho, this mission has been a bit uncomfortable for some. like i said in the post – its “forcing” people to reach out of their comfort zone. evangelize.

    im anxious to hear more stories as they come in!

  9. December 16, 2008 11:38 am

    Amazing. What an absolutely beautiful message and challenge… because you’re right, stepping out of comfort zones takes a lot of courage. What a great community…

  10. December 17, 2008 1:14 am

    Thank you for sharing this here. The stories really blessed me yesterday.

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