Senders Needed

As I sit to write this I struggle with how to begin; only clichés come to mind:

“Some go and others send.”

“One goes into the well while one holds the rope, but they both have scars on their hands.”

The point being: those who go and those who send are equally significant. Yet, I feel as though many would-be senders don’t realize their vital importance to our ministry.

As a person who has spent the last 12 years on the going side of the equation, I can honestly say nothing is more encouraging to me as when others partner with me in ministry. I often receive encouraging words from many, and I am grateful. However, when someone shows they believe in what we’re  doing by investing in the work, I am encouraged to persevere. I can relate to what Paul told the church in Philippi, “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.” (Phil 4:17). I am passionate about this ministry and want to give others an opportunity to join us in serving Jesus by serving some of the poorest people on the planet.

Hubbard Family

When Barbara and I launched Living Bread Ministries almost 12 years ago we were torn between the need to fundraise and the responsibility of proving our ministry model was worthy of investment. Since it was a new organization we felt we must bear fruit before asking others to join us. So, for the first few years we did not seek to raise personal support. We supported ourselves through our personal savings and odd jobs. With this we also launched the work in Brazil. After a few years of this our savings was exhausted and many of our personal belongings had been sold off, but an exciting church planting movement among the poor in Brazil was taking shape!

Eventually, we began raising personal support toward a set goal of $3,000 per month. We worked to raise this money while concurrently fundraising for the work in Brazil. It took seven years to reach our goal and we have not sought to increase our personal funding since. However, as sender’s circumstances have changed over the past two years, we have watched our personal support dwindle. The problem has been compounded for us as living expenses increase—including our health insurance which we pay out of our personal support.

As a result, we currently find ourselves needing to raise $1,500 per month in personal support to cover the decrease in giving, and cost of living and health insurance increases. Would you please consider partnering with us by committing to a monthly contribution or a special one-time gift? In doing so you join us in the important work of comprehensive church planting among the global poor. As a sender, you become a catalyst for church planting movements in Brazil, Thailand, Cambodia, and beyond. All donations are tax deductible and can be made using the secure link below. We are grateful for your generosity!

Join the Hubbard’s in Comprehensive Church Planting Among the Global Poor

The Mission of the Church – Luke 9:1-6

This is a message I recently shared on Luke 9:1-6.  In this passage Jesus is giving the new humanity, the Church, their creation mandate just as God commissioned Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:26-28.  For this reason this passage has significant implications on missiology.

 

Why I Like Share Christmas

For those of you that don’t know, Share Christmas is an annual outreach of Living Bread Ministries.  My wife and I founded Living Bread in 2004 with a burden to plant churches that practice integral, or comprehensive mission among the global poor.  In 2005, we launched our first church plants in southern Brazil and in 2006 we began Share Christmas to meet basic needs and help break the cycle of poverty by providing school and hygiene supplies to needy children.

The primary reason I like Share Christmas is because it is implemented and executed by the Living Bread church plants.  All of the school and hygiene supplies are purchased in country and all of the work is done by each local church.  They assemble the kits, choose the recipients and distribute them at evangelistic services.  They also maintain relationships with the recipients of the kits in their community.

This means that the families who benefit from Share Christmas do not look to a Western organization or church as the ones blessing and caring for them.  Rather, they see the local church, the one just down the street, as caring for them in a comprehensive way.  In this way Share Christmas is part of a long term church planting movement among the global poor.  The ministry allows our church plants to invest in the lives of children from their own community, it allows local church members to have control over the outreach in their community, and it exalts Christ while also strengthening the local church.

This is why I like Share Christmas and I hope you will like it too!  To learn more or receive a promotional kit please visit www.sharechristmas.org.  If you would like to volunteer as a Share Christmas Coordinator and help needy children in Brazil and Thailand contact Living Bread Ministries.