The road to Goshen
In the flag off our awareness to ‘build for the Lord!’, we identified four categories of targets, we are revising them as follows:
i. Goshen Member N100,000.00
ii. Bronze Member N250,000.00
iii. Silver Member N500,000.00
iv. Gold Member N1,000,000.00
v. Diamond Member N2,500,000.00
We identified that raising money can be intimidating, but can also be an exciting catalyst especially when it is for God. We have made it a little easier for us all, by restructuring the targets.
This is a little more comforting, but I want to encourage us to operate in the Super Natural, believing that with God, we can do the impossible, if only we are willing. All God needs is our faith in him. A little boy, with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes, gave to the Lord, and the Lord multiplied it to feed 5,000!
As you put your heart to this scheme for the Lord, I see the Lord building your houses! And opening new ventures for you in Jesus name.
Everybody is expected to choose one of the categories and raise the minimum through his/her network.
If you choose the Bronze Category of N250,000.00, let’s do a little arithmetic
You choose 50 people you know, write down their names and keep praying over the names, and finally prayerfully approach them:
1. 5 people giving you N20,000.00 N100,000.00
2. 10 people giving you N10,000.00 N100,000.00
3. 15 people giving you N5,000.00 N75,000.00
4. 20 people giving you N1,000.00 N20,000.00
You have already passed your target of N250,000.00! Every other person can take a cue from this and structure his/ her Fund Raising Strategy, and leave the rest to God, and see Him manifest Himself.
Every Sunday, we shall raise special prayers in support of this.
We are opening a dedicated account for this, and hopefully in the next few weeks, we will give you the details.
God bless you.
Our Road to Goshen 2
Lately we have been talking about ‘Right Foundations’ and ‘Altars’. Believe me our Goshen Project is wonderful and beautiful memorial and place where we can raise ‘An Altar’ unto the Lord. I appeal you by the mercies of the Lord that you key into this grace.
Concerns about finances are stirring us in the face, and appeal from pulpit is no longer enough to raise support, but this notwithstanding, we shall build for the Lord. Haggai 1: 1-10 tells us it’s time to build, and we stand on the word of God. And so Goshen is a done deal.
June 28th 2015 at 10.00am,God willing, His Grace The Most. Revd. E. A. Ademowo, by the grace of God the Lord Bishop of Lagos and the Dean Emeritus of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion will be here with us, to lay the foundation stone. Thereafter it should be construction all the way, and by the grace of God, the good Lord we see us through in Jesus name.
Raising money can be intimidating, but it can also be an exciting catalyst especially when it is for God.
The theme of the fundraising is “Building for the Lord– destination Goshen”.
Deut. 15:10 …Give generously and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
Our Goal is to raise N100million or more as God wills, for us to hit the ground running.
We understand that individuals are differently endowed. So the congregation is to be stratified into groups based on the minimum target expected from us. Unfortunately the response has been very poor. There is a limit we can push people concerning money, especially when it has to do with the work of God.
1. Every person is a frontline fundraiser.
2. Start with “Who do I know?” (take some time to jot down all the people I know – your phone contacts etc)
3. People I don’t know but aware that they have given to such cause.
4. People support causes because someone asked them to.
5. Connect to hearts and minds before you connect to wallets.
6. People are likely to give and give more when asked by someone they know, so ask others to ask others to ask others to give.
7. Fundraising is about commitment and passion, Passion is what sells the need to a potential donor. If those asking are passionate about their cause they will express it. Help people to know that they own the project too. They need to know that it represents their values and beliefs.
8. You can never thank a donor, volunteer or staff member too often. They are your keys to success.
9. Donors expect and deserve a good return on their charitable gifts/investments.
10. Don’t be left out, join the ark, be part of this memorial to God’s work.
We have opened a dedicated account for this, the details are there, and we have been receiving inflows. We pray for all who have been making contributions that the Lord will not forget your show of love towards his house in Jesus name.
God bless you.
The Road to Goshen – From Giving to Yielding
How many of us remembered last Sunday’s sermon? It was a sensitization for us to move from the level of ‘Giving to God’ to the level of ‘Yielding to God’ – what’s the difference anyway?
Giving may refer to:
• Gift, the transfer of something without the expectation of receiving something in return
• Generosity, the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return
• Charity (practice), the giving of help to those in need who are not related to the giver.
Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself in Luke 6: 38 said – Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” And so there is a certainty that if you give, you will receive in the same proportion.
What is Yielding?
Yielding to God means letting go of your own will, to embrace God’s will. But the will of God does not necessarily fall on you; you have to seek it out. The bible says it is the prestige of God to conceal a matter; and it is the prestige of kings (and you are one [Rev. 1:6]) to search out a matter (Provb. 25:2).
The temptation of the devil that Jesus Christ faced was an examination of his readiness to yield to the will of God (Luke 4:1-15). It may not be too farfetched to say that all the temptation you have faced was to measure your level of yielding to God.
Satan asked Jesus to turn stone into bread, but the will of God was that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
The devil wanted Jesus to fall down and worship him, to receive the kingdoms of this world, but the will of God says that it is better to worship God than to take over the whole world.
The devil asked Jesus to jump down from a high place to test if the word of God is true, but the will of God says we are not to test God, but we are to submit to Him.
In all these, what Satan wanted in Jesus, was self-will, at the end of the interaction, if was discovered that there was no self-will to speak of in Jesus. In the experience in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36-46), he expressed his opinion wanting the cup of the punishment to be taken away from him. But eventually he had no self-will in opposition to the will of God; He has no purpose that he wants to accomplish except the purpose of God. We should be like him.
Every Sunday we sing that great hymn after the offertory–
‘Yours Lord is the greatness, the power, the glory,
the splendor and the majesty;
for everything in heaven and on earth is Yours.
All things come from You and of Your own do we give You.
I wonder how many of us really believe that ‘all things come from Him, and of His own do we give Him? If we truly believe, our attitude towards giving to Him will change; we will not have to preach towards giving towards Goshen. We would have yielded fully, and give our best to Him.
I pray that we would be yielded to Him in all things in Jesus name.