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Cause Over Dollars: The Giving Circle Impact

2 months ago By The Signatry

“We encourage women to partner together and experience the joy of giving by supporting Christian ministries in our community that serve those in need and proclaim the gospel.” – Debbie Ochs If you have not heard of a giving circle, here is a brief overview: A giving circle is simply a group of people who gather together to pool their financial resources and multiply the charitable effect they can have. There are many different ways to structure giving circles, and many tend to be led by women. One Hundred Roses, now in its second year, is one such giving circle…

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To The Ends of the Earth

2 months ago By The Signatry

Rickey Strickland has traveled the world for Christ. He has slept on tarps, lived in hostile cultures, and walked countless miles through some of the remotest places on Earth. He has seen miracles performed and lives transformed. But despite all of the adventures—and there have been a lot—much of his life has been spent waiting. Waiting for connections, waiting for funding, waiting faithfully for God. He traces his calling back to a mission trip to the Soviet Union in 1977. A college student at the time, Rickey knew he wanted to dedicate his life to mission work. So, when he…

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An Eternal Investment: Celebrating 20 Years

4 months ago By Bill High

Twenty years. It has a long time. I started June 1, 2000. I resigned from the law firm to start what was at that time called the Christian Community Foundation in Kansas City. We started with a big dream: we wanted to be part of encouraging radical generosity in order to advance the gospel around the globe to those who had never heard. When I started, there was little fanfare. No press releases or big announcements. My first big act was to create articles and bylaws, and to file for tax-exempt status. I worked from a home office. It took…

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Life on the Frontlines of COVID-19

5 months ago By The Signatry

Under stay-at-home orders, many of us do not see the daily plight of citizens on the fringe. We cannot see the hundreds of cars lined up at drive-thru food banks, the millions of people searching for jobs, or the hospital beds filling up. But what is life like for those serving on the frontlines? The Signatry spoke with Dave Donaldson, co-founder of CityServe International, for a glimpse into the frontlines of COVID-19. “One of the biggest challenges across our country is people that are shut in,” said Donaldson. “They no longer have access to any kind of transportation to grocery…

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Writing Last Checks: Four Ways to Fight Human Trafficking

7 months ago By Annika Bergen

Houston, Texas, 2017. Super Bowl week. Dozens of women walked up and down the city’s notorious prostitution track. And they kept coming. A man pulled up in a white SUV, and three teenage girls piled out of the backseat. I was there for a human trafficking outreach with Exodus Cry, so after the car drove away, my team greeted them and asked where they were from. “I’m from Memphis.” “I’m from Chattanooga.” “They brought us in for the Super Bowl.” Other women on the street had similar stories. “I’m from Chicago.” “They’re taking me to Vegas after this.” Over the…

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Giving Circles and the Gift of Giving

7 months ago By The Signatry

“Phil had a gift for giving,” recounts Susan Patton of her high school sweetheart and husband of 30 years. Susan had what she calls “traditional roles” in the family, and Phil handled all the finances, including the family giving. Phil had started practicing generosity from a young age, and he loved the opportunity to show God’s love through blessing others. “He would often ask my opinion about supporting one organization or another, but I would usually just agree with him because my heart was not yet drawn towards generosity the way Phil’s was,” Susan explains. To better orchestrate the family’s…

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