Good Gifts

Our Heavenly Father is known for His good gifts. He loves to give good gifts to his children, and we have been blessed with an unexpected “surprise and delight” gift. Last month we received an incredible gift of a match of any undesignated gifts given to Scriptures In Use up to $100,000. This gift reminds me of what Jesus said about our Father:

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:9-11 (NIV)

Many have already joined this challenge by giving an undesignated gift and we are so grateful for their generosity. Would you kindly consider making an undesignated gift and join this anonymous foundation in this Matching Gift Challenge? We are grateful for the incredible news of the generosity and faithfulness of this foundation. Thank you for considering coming alongside them with a special gift and helping meet this Matching Gift Challenge.

An Unexpected Blessing!

Here is how this unexpected blessing was delivered to Scriptures In Use. Last month, I was on the return drive from some meetings in Phoenix when I received an unexpected phone call from the leader of a foundation that was considering the potential of investing in the work of SIU. The conversation went like this:

“Kent, I have both good news and bad news. What would you like to hear first?” I told him, “Go ahead and share either.” He said, “They both go hand in hand. I meant to call you earlier, after our last Board Meeting at the end of September, but I was not able to. I apologize for that, but I think you will like the good news. Our Foundation has decided to award SIU with a matching grant of up to $100,000 to be matched to any incoming donations to SIU that are undesignated and unrestricted for your general fund or project fund or whatever is most needed.”

“Whatever is Needed”

I think I was in shock. I almost had to pull off on the side of the road when I heard this incredible news! When I started to ask what they needed from me to make this unique gift happen, this faithful and courageous leader said, “You can use it for whatever is needed, whether with your SIU partners for Bridges trainings or Covid-19 relief efforts, or to help with basic expenses of running your organization, again whatever, but you still need to raise the matching funds and you can start now!”

I told him I was overcome with delight and that tears of joy were streaming down my face as this was perfect and providential timing with all the needs, we and our SIU partners all over the world are experiencing right now. The hairs on my arms and neck were tingling and I had goosebumps of joy all over. I will never forget that moment! AND that is what our BIG God does, doesn’t He? He loves to surprise and delight us over and over again with good gifts….that’s just His nature.

Again, would you please consider joining this anonymous foundation by giving an undesignated gift toward this Matching Gift Challenge?

Staying Connected

Hopefully, this post encouraged you as much as the phone call encouraged me. Thank you for staying connected with Scriptures in Use, our partners and the Lord’s work in oral cultures around the world. Please feel free to ask or leave any questions or comments to this post. We look forward to hearing from you!

2 replies
  1. Hannah
    Hannah says:

    Dear mister Kiefer,

    thank you so much for your blog.
    Right now I’m studying your courses about oral cultures.
    I want to apply this to the Deaf Communities around the world.
    Most of them are not literate as well. They don’t use their ears, but their eyes and they love to tell stories as well.
    I hope to learn a lot.
    Thank you so much!

    In Christ,
    Hannah

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  2. Kent Kiefer
    Kent Kiefer says:

    Greetings Hannah,

    Thanks for reading our Blog, reaching out to us and that is so GREAT to learn about your commitment to serving and reaching the deaf!

    We currently don’t have a specialized SIU Bridges Curricula for that people group / outreach but what we have found is that “acting out” the Bible Stories/Story Sets with Dramas (and also with Dance/Poetry) is very powerful with those who can’t hear that well or have limited hearing. Trying that approach or demonstrating that would be one area to emphasize more. I also know that group Finishing The Task (https://finishingthetask.com/) is very focused on reaching the deaf but you probably already know that with being a part of Wycliffe. Blessings to you on our ministry endeavors!

    Warmly in Christ, Kent

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