"300 Voices" is over 80 strong right now, but the great state of Maryland is seriously under-represented.
Like, two people.
So here's the deal: I have to be careful about fund-raising within the church because I have an obligation to make sure that all of the church's causes are fully-funded. We have a budget that needed to be cut, and was, drastically so.
So I'm not going to stand up in worship and solicit pledges to "300 Voices."
Not that I think that doing so would hurt our church's finances. Just the opposite, in fact. I believe that generosity breeds generosity. The more we can teach people to be generous, the more they will be generous, and that will benefit a lot of people, including the church.
But that's a bit counter-intuitive, and some people wouldn't understand, and I'd catch some flack because of it. And though I have no problem catching flack, sometimes I get more than I can hold.
So, for the foreseeable future, this is going to have to be done off-line. Not in secret, mind you. We're not trying to hide anything. But this has got to be larger than First Baptist Church, anyway.
So I'm going to need your help. Most of my contacts are FBC people. But you, dear Reader, run in a much wider circle than do I.
So let's add our Voices to the cause of clean water, and let's recruit others too.
This can't just be a Mid-West movement. It's got to go nationwide.
Maryland is our responsibility. Are you with me?
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