God is the First and Most Generous Giver

Mar 18, 2011

Continuing our year-long series on the theme of generosity in the life of the church, this month we will focus on God as our example. In his book Generosity: Moving Toward Life That Is Truly Life, Gordon McDonald states, “God is the first and most generous giver.  We should give as God gave…. He has provided the highest model of generosity, and He calls for Biblical people to follow.”  John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Rick and Carey Moore, members of Second Presbyterian Church, have given generously of their time, convenience and creature comforts by working with our mission partners in India.  The first trip the Moores made to India was strictly for observation, to be sure that the funds the Second Presbyterian Church Foundation and the World Missions Committee had granted Uttar Pradesh Mission were being used as intended.  What they saw was God pouring out His extravagant love on the poorest of the poor in India through the preaching of the Gospel.

On the Moores second visit the following year, they were no longer just observing, but participating.  Carey helped Sarah Sadlow conduct a women’s conference for seekers and new believers at Kachhwa Clinic.  Rick helped with the administration and accountability of the clinic, and also encouraged, observed, and participated in the holistic ministry going on in the villages. 

Rick and Carey say that what they experienced then and on their many subsequent visits to India is like being back in New Testament times.  They have seen the power of the Gospel convert a whole village. They have heard the joy of new converts singing familiar hymns in Hindi.  They have witnessed the power of prayer healing the sick.

Since the initial grant in 2005, the Second Presbyterian Church Foundation has provided more than $290,000 in funds to UP Mission, Kachhwa Transformational Ministries, and related ministries in India. The funds have been used to teach master trainers, church planters and house church leaders in the Bible and church leadership; to plant churches and build schools; to buy medical equipment and establish clinics; and to hold residential children’s camps for Bible-based training.

Gordon McDonald says that what differentiates generosity from giving is that “giving can be done begrudgingly and devoid of love. True generosity is always initiated by love.” 

At the request of our partners in India, the Moores have returned to India again and again.  They go because they see the difference Jesus has made in the lives of those who had never heard of Jesus. They go because they themselves have been recipients of God’s extravagant love toward His people. They go because they now have an extravagant love for the people of India.

If you would like a free copy of Gordon McDonald’s book, contact Margaret Cranford at 454-0034, ext. 141, or margaret.cranford@2pc.org.  If you would like more information about the activities of the Second Presbyterian Church Foundation, or ways to participate in the Foundation’s work, contact Foundation CAO Vicki Simmons at ext. 193, or vickisimmons@2pc.org.

Story by Ashleigh McHugh