As I contemplated writing about Tish Harrison Warren's chapter on losing keys, it immediately struck me as ironic—I hardly need my keys right now. I don't go anywhere. But Warren writes that losing keys shows us how we act when our plans are interrupted. I can cover up my sinfulness when all is going according to my plan, but when things are not, well, it is not so pretty. COVID-19 is not according to Valerie Tompson's plan.
This September will mark thirteen years since I started in the church “business.” I had a background in accounting, so many years ago when a part-time financial position was open at our church, it seemed like a great fit for me while our children were young. Not only did I have no idea that I would end up working at a church long term, I also had no idea what God would show me along the way.
Last month I had the opportunity to meet several people from the Mumbai field office of International Justice Mission (IJM). IJM’s mission is to to protect the poor from violence by rescuing victims, bringing the criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts. In October, IJM hosted Liberate, which was a gathering in Dallas, Texas, where 1,000 employees from IJM from all corners of the world were in attendance as well as more than 2,000 supporters. IJM is a global mission partner of City Church, and we specifically partner with the Mumbai office. You can read about one of the Mumbai office’s recent rescues here.
Years ago my husband and I heard a memorable sermon illustration about giving. The pastor talked about how a wealthy congregant came to him and said, “Do you have any idea how much money I make? How could I possibly give 10 percent away?” To which the pastor, replied, “Let’s pray together that God will reduce your income to a level where you feel comfortable giving 10 percent away.”