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In a deeper sense than we could fully grasp, the church is family (Mark 3:34-35). We eat together, play together, cry together, and laugh together. We share our time, our lives, our homes, our work, our struggles, and our decisions. Day after day, we provide for one another, and giving to the local church is an essential expression of that provision. When you give to the local church, you sow into the only institution established by Jesus to equip you and your entire spiritual family for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16). If we provide for our earthly families, how much more should we provide for our heavenly family?
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The Sojourn Houston Benevolence Fund serves a dual purpose: (1) to provide financial support to needy members within Sojourn churches and (2) to issue grants to non-profit organizations serving the poor and powerless throughout Houston. Our God is a just and merciful God, and we get the joy of manifesting His character for the sake of those in need. The gospel reveals that God has acted graciously, generously, and sacrificially on behalf of His people, the spiritually poor and powerless. So we're passionate about mobilizing Sojourn members and resources to do the same.
In the early Church, many Christians fasted two days each week, often taking the food/money they would have used and giving it to the needy, a practice known as almsgiving. Saint Augustine said that almsgiving customarily "goes along with fasting, so that what is subtracted from the one who has may be added to the one who has not. This is the way to cheat your soul to your own profit; to place firmly in heaven what you take away from the flesh." Isaiah 58 reveals God’s stated purpose for collective fasting: Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn…
The Sojourn Houston Benevolence Fund is an attempt to facilitate and organize almsgiving here in Houston. We invite you to contribute to this fund by fasting one day per week. On the day of your fast, set up a weekly recurring donation to the benevolence fund for the amount you would have spent on food ($5, $10, $15, or $20). We have a cap on what stays in the benevolence account, and we give away the surplus to non-profit organizations serving the poor and powerless in Houston. On the day of your fast, we encourage you to spend time in prayer for the underprivileged in our city. Let’s be a praying, fasting, and giving people who act justly and mercifully on behalf of our neighbors in need. Then shall our light break forth like the dawn...