Ministry Needs

7 Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink the milk? 8 Do I say this merely on human authority? Doesn’t the Law say the same thing? 9 For it is written in the Law of Moses: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” Is it about oxen that God is concerned? 10 Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us, because whoever plows and threshes should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. 11 If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? 12 If others have this right of support from you, shouldn’t we have it all the more?

But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ. 1 Corinthians 9:7-14

When considering gifts to spiritual leaders, be generous. We normally don’t give these gifts directly but through a church or a ministry. The ministry then divides the gifts up according to their own standards of distribution.

In a similar light, we need to be very generous to those who serve in overseas capacities. They’re not as free to ask for money without sounding like beggars, but they still have ministry staff and bills to pay.

Take a few moments to pray for those you support overseas. Reach out to them and let them know you’re praying. Ask them if they have any special financing needs (almost no one ever does that, and they will be blessed by just you asking). Consider helping out or raising money to help them. Ease some of their burdens for them.

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