To every Set Free Alliance donor, thank you. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you. In 2016 you showed us just how powerful giving is. Because of you, we were able to support the rescue of over 6,500 children from slavery, graduate 25 girls from our trade not aid program, and see the India campus reach near completion all in just one year.
We know that some of you who gave didn’t have the money to give, and that some of you who gave went above and beyond what you had ever planned on donating this year. You gave sacrificially, and it was moving.
There’s this story in the Bible about a poor widow who gave an offering of two small copper coins. There were rich offerings all around the temple treasury, but it was the widow’s gift that caught Jesus’ eye. He said,
“this poor widow has put in more than all the others.”
Can you just imagine how taken aback the rich givers were when Jesus said that?
“All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:3-4)
When you read that story, there are a few different ways to take it, but let us say right now that the point of the story isn’t to make fools of the rich people who gave huge gifts, and it isn’t to say that big gifts are wrong.
That woman could have decided to use her money on survival. She could have decided that two copper coins didn’t matter in comparison to the offerings that others were giving, but she didn’t. She gave all that she had, and she did it joyfully.
It’s not about the size of the gift, its about the sacrifice.
Ephesians 5:2 says, “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Walking in love is in itself an offering and sacrifice to God, and when we walk in love, we also give in love.
We don’t have to present a blood sacrifice to atone for our sins anymore because Jesus already took care of that. But, we are called to make sacrifices in our own lives that demonstrate our love for The King.
We at Set Free Alliance are so thankful that we get to be a part of your giving. We get to see people of all tax brackets, races, and age groups give sacrificially out of love. We get to be a part of the life change that happens through the simple act of giving.
Thank you. Thank you for loving these kids.
Thank you for showing us what walking in love and giving in love looks like. Thank you for being willing to step up and help us end child slavery. Thank you for changing these kid’s lives.
Thank you for showing us that what is in the heart of the giver is even greater than the gift.
“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” -Amy Carmichael