One of the very best places that any of us can give is our own local church. There are several good reasons to start your giving this way. Your church directly supports you. It is also possible to see where your gifts are going. You can give more than just money to your church and these gifts are part of our heavenly bank account too.
The local church participates in almost every kind of charitable function including:
Sharing the gospel
Feeding the poor
And often many others as well. Our church leaders are fed and clothed by our gifts and that is a big blessing to God who calls them.
When you search for other places to give, remember that gifts to your church count too.
If you are looking to support relief operations around the world, Samaritan’s Purse is an excellent option. Relief operations are just one of the kinds of things that this organization does. Many relief organizations don’t share the gospel. Like other organizations we highlight, Samaritan’s Purse meets physical needs in order have the opportunity to share the gospel. This organization is represented by Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham and they are committed to keep the message of Jesus a primary focus in their efforts to help those in need.
Samaritan’s Purse has built a top notch operation that serves those with all kinds of needs, all around the world. They are also the power behind Operation Christmas Child. That’s the group that organizes volunteers and resources to pack and send thousands of shoe box gifts around the world every year for Christmas.
This article is too small to describe all of the things that this single organization does. If you join their operation, you will receive top-notch communication about what they are doing all over the world. Here’s a list of some of their project categories:
Animals and Agriculture
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Heal Our Patriots
The Greatest Journey
Women and Children
Samaritan’s Purse not only puts feet on the ground after a natural disaster, they help the poor by making a way for us to help provide for their physical needs. They publish a catalog of items that you can buy to help those in need.
God has used this organization to inspire people to give too. Two young bakers took it upon themselves to raise money to repair an entire hospital. Yes you heard that right. Here’s their story:
God continues to use Samaritan’s Purse to inspire us to give as well.