What’s the difference between an investor and a donor?
I think that understanding the difference will determine if we are able to meaningfully meet the needs of the most vulnerable in a way that is pleasing to God.
We are blessed at Food for the Hungry (FH) to walk alongside thousands of incredible churches, devoted leaders and faithful individuals who understand how life-giving it is to become “invested” in the cause of the poor.
I’ve seen it over and over again when I have the opportunity to travel to the challenging places of the world with our partners. Or when I talk with a child sponsor who has had the opportunity to grow and learn and love a child who has dreams and potential but is limited by her circumstances.
In 2 Corinthians 6, Paul pleads that we “widen” our hearts, so that we do not limit our perspective of the world. That means we are called to extend out of our comfort zone, make sacrifices, and engage with the unfamiliar. When we do so, it requires us to think outside of ourselves. To be disciplined in prayer for others. To seek a lifestyle that gives God the glory through acts of compassion and empathy.
You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also. (2 Corintians 6:12-13)
When donors take a committed step toward actively and regularly engaging with the most vulnerable, they become investors in the future of the poor. Their currency is love, which serves to multiply their financial gifts. Their bottom-line is to see children in the hardest places thrive. And their ROI is the transformational relationship that comes when we serve the way God has asked us to.
We appreciate all donors who feel called to walk alongside us in this God-given mission to end physical and spiritual hungers worldwide. And we know that often there are limitations that may prevent the ability to financially commit for the long term. But we also pray for donors to realize the life-giving joy that comes from building relationships with those in need. That when God commands us to be compassionate, he’s asking us to do more than open up our wallets. He’s asking us to “widen our hearts.”
The kingdom of God is one built on the currency of relationships. This holiday season when you consider giving, we invite you to be investors in the fight against poverty. Be it through child sponsorship, or getting your church involved, or even volunteering your time and being committed to talk about those in need with your friends and family, I challenge you to widen your heart.
Make a gift of commitment.
Consider entering into a relationship that could change the way you see the world. And pray that God’s glory will be proclaimed through the way we are able to love each other.