This is my second church service I have attended in Haiti. Port Au Prince Fellowship is possibly the only English church in the city and thus attracts American visitors on any given Sunday. They began ‘offering’ and the first thing the pastor says to the many visitors, “We don’t want your money. If you do want to give we ask that you write on the envelope ‘Missions’. We will then designate this to support our missionaries.” At this point, I am thinking, “Wait a minute… I am so confused. The pastor is saying to support missionaries in other parts of the world?” Then he says,
We currently give 40% of our money towards missions. I would like it to be much higher. We want 80% eventually.
I am in Haiti still, right?!
What an example! You could reasonably and arguably justify using the money to build a bigger church so that the 75 people standing outside could be inside, or buy cushions for the benches, or do any number of things. Instead, they have put a priority on giving to missions. I am blown away. We are in one of the poorest places on this planet and this church is giving to missions for places where the church is being persecuted!