Tomorrow Is "Giving Tuesday" - Which Worthy Ministries Should You Give To?

December 2, 2013

"Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share." 1 Timothy 6:18

First there was "Black Friday" when shoppers crowd retailers the day after thanksgiving in search of bargains. With the advent of online retailing we then moved to "Cyber Monday" where shoppers rushed to purchase special bargains for online shoppers on the Monday after Black Friday. In an attempt to redeem the rampant consumerism of the holiday weekend and return to a true spirit of Thanksgiving, the charitable community has been promoting the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as "Giving Tuesday". People are being encouraged to give to charity tomorrow, December 3rd, as a way as kicking off the typical year-end charitable giving season. At we are normally a bit skeptical of gimmicks used to prod recalcitrant givers to open their checkbooks. We prefer encouraging cheerful givers, who the Bible proclaims God loves, over those being nudged reluctantly into giving through the latest marketing technique or emotion manipulating appeals. The Giving Tuesday campaign hardly seems to be a sophisticated marketing effort nor is it trying to guilt anyone into giving. So we are happy to participate and thought we should mention some often overlooked ministries you might want to explore further. Of course, the database is filled with worthwhile candidates for your giving and we do not like mentioning some while excluding others that are equally deserving of your consideration. So please do not just look at the following exceptional ministries we note below, but be sure to dig a bit deeper in our database as well. Here is our partial list of what we refer to as "Shining Light" ministries with a brief description of each and a link to our report on the ministry:

1.) Joni & Friends - This ministry is dedicated to extending the love and message of Christ to people who are affected by disability, whether it is the disabled person, a family member, or friend. Joni and Friends' objective is to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of this group of people in practical ways.

2.) International Justice Mission - This ministry seeks to document human rights abuses abroad, to educate the Christian church and the general public about such abuses and the need for the church to respond, and to mobilize intervention on behalf of the victims of these abuses.

3.) Eternal Perspective Ministries - This ministry is dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them. EPM exists to meet the needs of the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled and unsupported people around the world.

4.) Care Net - This ministry's mission is to promote a culture of life within our society in order to serve people facing unplanned pregnancies and related sexual issues. Our vision is a culture where lives are transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and every woman chooses life for herself and her unborn child. Care Net supports more than 1,100 pregnancy centers around the US.

5.) Bright Hope International - Bright Hope brings Hope to the extreme poor - those living on less than $1 a day. Bright Hope envisions a world where under-resourced, indigenous churches transform their communities and bring Hope to the extreme poor. Local indigenous church partnerships are central to their model. They empower the local churches to fight poverty in their own communities.