As I look over the Onesimus donation records from 2012, I find two things of note: First is the high number of donors – more than 100 different donors gave to Onesimus Ministries, Inc. from January through October of this year. Of the total donations received thus far, approximately 40% was given by individuals, 40% was given by churches, and 20% was given by other organizations. Thank you all for giving so generously to the chaplaincy needs of Chester County prisoners.
Second, I note the steadiness of the giving. From January 1 until now, the Onesimus checkbook balance has never dipped below 19% of the annual budget. Although the Onesimus contributions cannot be considered predictable, the faithfulness of those who give is remarkable. Furthermore, at the moments of greatest need, God has stirred joyful generosity in the hearts of his people and the needed contributions came just in time. This testifies to the fact that Onesimus Ministries is surely blessed with faithful givers coordinated and supplied by a faithful God.
Of course this is not to say that there is no need for faith. To the contrary, there is no guarantee that the donors who have given so faithfully will be able to continue giving. Each one of us must trust everyday that” …he who provides seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 9:10) May God grant you and your family strength, faith, wisdom, and joy in the blessedness of working, giving and receiving.
I am truly grateful for your partnership in this ministry.