Have you ever tried to raise $150,000 in 5 months? If you have, call me now and tell me the secret…please! If you haven’t, let me share an inside look.
First off, asking someone for money is humbling. It’s an open admission that you can’t do something by yourself, with your own resources. And let’s be honest, we like to do things by ourselves. We enjoy the satisfaction of leaning back, beating our chest, and saying, “Look what I did!” And most of us are taught from an early age that we should strive for independence and self-reliance. Our parents long for it, our teachers demand it, and our culture glorifies it.
Second, asking for money is taboo. It’s like asking someone their age, or how much they weigh. We like to keep our financial affairs private. We don’t want people to know the particulars. We are suspicious when someone starts poking around in our pockets.
Third, accepting money carries an obligation to use that money not only for a cause other than ourselves, but with good sense that can be observed by anyone who takes a close look at our behavior and our account books. It demands transparency, and if we don’t deliver, we stand to lose a lot more than just money.
I say all this to say that Whetstone does not ask for your money lightly. We know what great honor, privilege and responsibility your gifts bestow upon us. We thank you from the bottom of our boots for the support you have given us over the years, and we ask that you continue to pray that we will use your investment in the future of our boys, with wisdom and discretion.
We also ask that you continue to give and share the opportunity to give with others. We have raised almost $30,000 in the first 30 days of this campaign, which puts us on pace to reach our goal by October 1st – at which time our stewardship will be over not just money – but lives.
Pray that it will be true of us: “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much.” (Luke 16:10)