We are in very uncertain times. Many people are being furloughed from their jobs and not receiving paychecks. Restaurants and businesses are closed and don’t know if they will survive the next few months waiting for the economy to rebound. But one sector we may not think about that is being hit hard during this time is non-profit organizations. Many are currently struggling financially to continue their ministries to the needy and to further the kingdom of God.
God tells us throughout the Bible that we should take care of the needy, the poor, the orphans, and the widows. Our church has offered many opportunities in the past month for us to help those in need in our community with groceries or supplies for local shelters. Non-profit organizations are distributing supplies to many in our community and throughout the world.
Non-profit organizations’ needs have increased greatly during this pandemic. Since non-profits rely heavily on donations to fund their normal ministries, they are now in desperate need of additional funding to meet these new needs. Most non-profits have seen a significant decrease in regular donations, have had to postpone major fundraising events and are struggling to provide much needed programs domestically and abroad. The pandemic has not changed the on-going need for food, clothing, housing, counseling, child advocacy, addiction intervention, pregnancy care, orphan care, mission work, and human trafficking eradication. These services are still very much needed and without donations, the recipients of these ministries will suffer and may never have the opportunity to hear about God’s love.
As we look at our current finances and receive our stimulus checks in the coming days, let’s be praying for God’s guidance on where to best direct our funds. God wants us to still be actively engaged in His plan for the world. Let’s seek His will and His plan for how we can impact our local community and communities throughout the world.
Jane Brzezinski serves on the board for Project House of Hope, a non profit serving the people of Haiti.