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Ruth: A Strong Faith and a Generous Heart in Hard Times

By Catherine Durant | 24 September 2020

  • You might be in a Ruth position, having to humble yourself as your life has changed dramatically.
  • You might be in a Naomi position, struck by grief and depressed but holding on to your faith in God.
  • You might be in a Boaz position, needing to carefully think about how you use your resources to help others.

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Global Rapid Response: The Causes Behind the Campaign

By Rosanna Jeffery | 21 August 2020

The Global Rapid Response Campaign (GRRC) is an international response to Stewardship’s recent Rapid Response Fund, which raised and distributed almost £5 million to 88 UK churches and charities within 100 days of lockdown. Lockdown may be easing here in the UK, but the rest of the globe is still feeling the pain of the pandemic.

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What to do With Extra Lockdown Money?

By David Flowers | 20 July 2020 | Comments (1)

This pandemic has been a strange experience. Whilst some of us are struggling more than ever financially, others of us find that we have more at our disposal. No more train fares, no more filling up with fuel, no more sandwich lunches in the local café, no more impulse purchases, no holiday, no theatre or cinema tickets – for once we have more money than month; our bank balance is actually going up!

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Trusting God With a Loss of Income

By Ruth Leigh | 17 July 2020 | Comments (1)

Imagine having fifty-eight prom dresses hanging up in the wardrobe. Mostly strapless, with full skirts and embroidered with crystals and sequins, they come in all the colours of the rainbow and are one hundred per cent concert-ready. Their owner was too until the pandemic hit and she watched all her work disappear overnight.

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Giving, When the Church is Poor

By David Flowers | 19 June 2020

 

I believe that people give because they carry the image of God – they have in them a divine piece of DNA which radiates grace. Rationally, it seems foolish for people to give £30,000,000 to a commercial fund-raising site because Honorary Colonel Sir Tom is walking up and down his garden. But when we see a need, and are inspired by a person, our default is an urge to give. Even if we often find reasons not to give, (I’ll do it later, I haven’t got enough myself, I don’t know how to give) there’s something in us that wants to join in with the generosity.

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10 ways people are continuing to be generous during lockdown

By Rosanna Jeffery | 13 May 2020 | Comments (1)

 

The onset of coronavirus has exposed our world’s selfishness, but it’s also acted as a catalyst for an outpouring of generosity. It’s human nature to be concerned about our own well being, but as Christians, we want to continue to live out God’s word to love our neighbour as ourselves and attend to the needs of others.

 

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How 40acts Helped two Charities at the Onset of COVID-19

By Rosanna Jeffery | 27 April 2020 | Comments (1)

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, financial giving has experienced a severe strain due to the global economic uncertainty. But within our 40acts community, we have seen a fresh outpouring of generosity for the charities featured in this year’s challenge. 

We spoke with Acts 435 director, Jenny Herrera, and Ambassadors Football intern, Bronnie King, to find out how their causes have benefitted during this difficult time from the donations of 40acts readers.

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Building for the Kingdom from your Home

By Joel Leakey | 24 April 2020 | Comments (3)

I’m amazed by the story of Lee McClelland, a pastor and a fellow Northern Irishman. He shares a story that is beyond me to imagine – stuck in hospital with coronavirus, a day away from having to be put on a ventilator.

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Blessed are the givers: a reflection on the 40acts challenge

By Georgie Tennant | 14 March 2020 | Comments (2)

Giving is costly – but it is also a great blessing. 2 Corinthians 9:8 says that we should give what we have decided in our hearts to give, ‘not reluctantly, or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’ I love the promise, earlier in that verse, that we will reap what we sow. By the end of 40acts, I felt that I had reaped more than enough already.

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A generous response to Coronavirus

By Debbie Wright | 13 March 2020 | Comments (7)

The novel COVID-19 virus is now touching all our lives in a myriad of ways. Our church’s trip to Israel has been cancelled, conferences have been postponed, my 18 year old daughter is worrying about her A Levels, the need for skype lessons and logistics around her exams. My 87-year-old father in hospital is being fast-tracked to get an operation scheduled for 9 months to be done now. Emergency plans at work, keeping our distance from one another and every surface springing a hand gel are constant reminders of an unknown, disruptive threat.

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