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A Day at a Time: Guaranteed Returns

By Scott Harrup
May 15, 2011

Banks, investment firms, financial consultants and other such institutions will gladly accept your money and will guarantee some form of return on your deposit. But just how solid a guarantee do you have? Even something as fundamental as a savings account “insured by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government” is backed by an institution currently in the red to the tune of $1 trillion a year.

What if you could designate your funds in a manner that guaranteed a return completely independent of economic variables? I would suggest that every check you write to a reputable church or ministry organization does just that. The guarantee is not in dollars and cents; rather, you rest assured that God directs the use of those funds to communicate His love to countless lives with potentially eternal dividends.

True, that sort of reasoning is used in many financial appeals, some from sizeable organizations that use a chunk of every donation to underwrite large, well-paid staffs.

This appeal is different. Each dollar you decide to donate to Key Bearers will produce and mail out four copies of the Pentecostal Evangel to jails and prisons in the United States. It won’t add a penny to my pay or to anyone else’s bank account here at the Evangel. But it will make possible the production and distribution of those four copies of this magazine.

Then, something amazing will happen. One, two, three, perhaps a dozen inmates will read each copy. They have time to read, and to read thoroughly. Some Evangels will still be read a year or two or 10 years later.

The final result? Letters will arrive at our office thanking us profusely for the Christ-centered content in our pages. Letters will report personal salvation decisions. Letters will plead for follow-up materials and will share prayer requests.

But that’s not really the final result. The ultimate guaranteed return on your investment becomes a reality when the spiritually wounded men and women who wrote those letters stand with you and me as the rejoicing redeemed when the Savior returns for all who will call on His name.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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