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GIVING BACK

By Pastor Melvin & Pamela Taylor

New Life World Harvest Restoration Center is a local ministry with a global vision dedicated to spreading the love of God to our community and the world. Our call is to equip leaders to go into their spheres of influence to reach the lost, the broken and the down-trodden with the love of God. We believe Church leaders have a responsibility to give of their time, talent and treasure not only to the church, but give back to those around them. We also believe that Church growth is not measured by church attendance alone, but growth happens when a congregation understands the importance of giving back to their community, serving those around them.

 

Despite the size of our church, we understand the importance of giving our tithes and offering to the church. Yes, our giving helps to keep the bills paid and to it takes care of other church ministry business. But we also know that if we truly love God with our whole heart, mind and soul, then we wouldn’t hold back from giving to others who are in need of love, care, and some supportive services that intend to make life better for the recipient.

 

Giving back means, to “give back” something you have received with the intent of making a positive impact into the lives of others so they can experience the love of God through people who represent the Christian church.

 

Helping others is at the core of who we are. In fact, we are committed to building strong men, strong families and a strong church that would have Godly influence in the community, nation and throughout the world – we aim to be a catalyst for Purpose Life, Change and Growth. Living life on Purpose is all about doing what God created us to do, which is to serve others!

 

Through our community outreach we have made significant contributions to organizations outside of our church. Over the past ten years we have volunteers serving as mentors and role models in our public schools, we provide outreach to hurting and bereaved families through group counseling ministries, every week we give groceries to families in need through our Food Pantry and my wife and I personal support and encourage countless couples and families in which most of them don’t attend church or do not profess Christianity.

 

In our local and global missions outreach we have partnered with other churches locally and abroad to equip leaders to change their spheres of influence, to ignites the fires of evangelism, to bring hope to communities and nations by demonstrating Christ love to the hurting, broken and downtrodden, to assist in meeting their needs, and to support or plant strong vibrant churches. Our global missions outreach has served and financially supported community based organizations, local churches and churches in several countries, sending teams to minister in their prisons, hospitals, through open-air preaching, community service projects and leadership conferences. We have helped build youth centers in DR, churches in Cuba, and have supported educational programs in West Africa. We strongly believe in “What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you.”

 

So if our hearts are in the right place and we are managers of the money that has been entrusted to the church, we will give back as God has given to us (John 3:16) says “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son and that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish but shall have everlasting life.” The heart of God is to give....The motivation is to demonstrate His love. We desire to make an impact in the world through giving of our “time, talent & treasure” to our community and the world.

 

Giving back to the community is giving to Christ. “For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me” (Matthew 25:35-36).

 

If you want to learn more about living to give on purpose join us for Bible Study every Thursday at 6pm-7:15 or Sunday morning worship service at 11am-12:30pm.

 

The Challenge: Look for needs around you. Ask Jesus to show you how to meet those needs and do what He says!

 

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