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1-31-12 Creative Fund Raising for Refugees

Prompted by the 13th Sabbath Offering Emphasis
Alice Pierson, Sabbath School leader for the Sunnydale Church in Centralia, Missouri called me in October to find out the price of Bibles for refugees.  Her thoughts were that if she told the members that the goal was to raise $1,000 for refugees, they would probably throw up their hands thinking they could never afford to give that much. However, if she told them the price of a Bible, they might feel that they could buy one or two Bibles for refugees and would probably end up raising more funds than if they merely set a general goal. 
So she developed a goal device on a bulletin board with the title “Love Gifts for Jesus = Bibles for Refugees” and a map of the North American Division, and put a picture of a Bible on the bulletin board for every $25 raised, since Karen Bibles cost approximately $25 with shipping from Asia. (See picture.)
Her plan worked. They were able to raise a total of $1,900 for Bibles for refugees. 
“Personally, I asked my family.” Alice told me. “I told them ‘I don’t really need anything for Christmas, but I would really appreciate it if you would give to the ‘Bibles for Refugees’ project.” Some family members gave her money for Christmas, and she donated it ($170) to the “Bibles for Refugees” project, in addition to another $50 of her own. But she praises God for the total amount raised. “I could never have had enough money of my own to give that much,” Alice said. This offering was more than three times last year’s Christmas offering of $600 when Alice had encouraged the members to give love gifts to Jesus and put Him at the top of their Christmas list.
Speaking of this year’s offering for Bibles for Refugees, which far surpassed her goal, Alice said, “The Lord did it. All I did was present it and pray.” She added seven more words to her goal device: “PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!”
Terri Saelee, Coordinator
Adventist Refugee & Immigrant Ministries
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
(608) 443-6575
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
9705 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21046-1565 USA
Telephone: 443-391-7200
Fax: 443-391-
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