From a news report:
“… the economy makes this a tough time to be looking for funding.”
Tell me about it. The question is whether this ought to be true of the Lord’s church when it comes to fulfilling the Great Commission. Should we not be different from the world, rather than permit circumstances to inhibit our work? Such as following the example of the Macedonians?
8:1 Now we make known to you, brothers and sisters, the grace of God given to the churches of Macedonia, 8:2 that during a severe ordeal of suffering, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in the wealth of their generosity. 8:3 For I testify, they gave according to their means and beyond their means. They did so voluntarily, 8:4 begging us with great earnestness for the blessing and fellowship of helping the saints. 8:5 And they did this not just as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us by the will of God (2 Cor 8:1-5 NET).
Family note: Bloomfield, Mo., is where my grandfather was born back in 1901.