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Holy Week: The Most Significant Week in History

By: Alex Shipley on | Comments: 5

As Easter approaches, many of us tend to focus solely on the holiday itself overlooking the importance of the week preceding it known as Holy Week. Spanning from Palm Sunday to Easter, this week is undoubtedly the most significant time for Christians to study in Scripture, reflect on, share, and celebrate. 

For GiveSendGo, the essence of who we are and what we do is encapsulated in this week. The hope of Jesus is the heartbeat of our company and the reason we are passionate about sharing His ultimate act of generosity with everyone who visits our site.

 Palm Sunday 

“7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” 
- Mark 11:7-10 (ESV)

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem as a day of joy and anticipation.If you were among the crowds, you would undoubtedly hear them proclaiming, "Hosanna! The Messiah is here!" eyes fixed on the long-awaited Messiah as they spread their cloaks and palm branches beneath the hooves of the donkey carrying him. However, amidst the celebration, this day casts a shadow on what's to come as it marks the beginning of Jesus' journey to the cross. The same people who are currently roaring in praise will soon be gnashing their teeth as they hand over Jesus to be brutally killed. 

 Good Friday 

“17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them…28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” 
- John 19:17-18, 28-30


As we reflect on the account of Jesus’ crucifixion we try to comprehend the excruciating moments he endured. It’s uncomfortable and nearly impossible to grasp fully.

Calling the day of Jesus’ agonizing and bloody death “good” may seem paradoxical but without it, there would be no hope. Sin would remain unchecked without remedy, escape or justice. We consider it “good” because Jesus’ sacrifice, made once and for all, makes salvation and reconciliation with God possible, restoring what sin had broken. Jesus underwent a death we deserved yet willingly took our place. That’s as “good” as it gets.

It’s crucial to remember that Jesus’ life was not taken from him; he willingly gave it up for us, bearing the weight of humanity's sins. And think on this for a moment - For Jesus, the Son who has existed for all eternity with God the Father, to experience His Father turning His face away and pouring out all His wrath upon the One He loves most underscores the profound goodness of this death for us. His perfect love led to a perfect death, part of God's perfect plan from the beginning.

His death was goodness made manifest to us. So as you read about His crucifixion—the spitting and lashes, the cross, and His final breath when He proclaimed "it is finished"—remember amid the reflection on the sin (yours and ours) that put Him there, the goodness of Jesus to be our sacrificial lamb because of His love for us.

 Easter 

1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they [Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James] went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise." 
- Luke 24:1-7


As the sun dawns on Easter morning, the palpable grief of Mary the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene, a dear friend and follower of Jesus, who had come to the tomb to anoint His cold and lifeless body, emanates from the pages of Scripture. However, upon arriving, they find the stone rolled away and Jesus' body missing. Mary Magdalene's first thought - His body has been stolen! Who would do this and why?

Yet, hope is just on the horizon and it's beyond what the women, religious leaders, or even we could have ever imagined. Jesus has risen from the dead! Before that solemn morning, our eternity was at stake. Now, this miracle holds immense significance for us. Without His resurrection, death would have triumphed, Jesus would not have been the Messiah He claimed to be and there would have been no hope. Praise God, for He keeps His promises—Jesus did rise from the dead! The grave is empty.

Christian or not, take some time during Holy Week to read about Jesus' journey to the cross and His miraculous resurrection. Reflect on the significance of His sacrifice, ask questions, and celebrate this true story of hope.

At GiveSendGo, our mission is to “share the hope of Jesus through crowdfunding,” and Jesus’ ultimate act of generosity—dying on the cross for us and rising three days later—is the hope we are passionate about sharing. While GiveSendGo is for EVERYONE this hope is the heartbeat of our mission and the reason behind everything we do. Is it yours?  
 
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GiveSendGo Would NEVER

By: Alex Shipley on | Comments: 15
So you clicked the button. We get it! Just like fundraising on GiveSendGo and those days of sending rickrolls to your friends – resisting that button was simply irresistible.

Now that you’re here, GiveSendGo wants to assure you, just like Rick, we'd NEVER give you up, let you down, or run around and desert you. Our commitment to your fundraising journey is as unshakable as the rickroll trend itself.

Never gonna give you up
We believe at our core in sharing hope and we want you to do the same when you use GiveSendGo! That’s why we’re here to guide you as you embark on your giving or fundraising journey. Making a difference is possible wherever you are. Just say yes and put in the work; we're here to help with the rest!

Never gonna let you down
Just like Rick Astley’s anthem, GiveSendGo won’t disappoint. With features like our top-notch 24/7 customer service, global presence in 80 countries, reduced processing fees, and a wide range of fundraising categories, we guarantee a simple, safe, and accessible fundraising experience, making it possible for anyone to raise money for the people and causes that matter most to them. 

Plus, we offer prayer features like a prayer button on every campaign page and a prayer wall where you can share your prayer requests and praises.

Never gonna run around and desert you
Unfortunately, other crowdfunding sites may ditch you faster than someone falling for a rickroll! We've seen them shut down campaigns due to their political and ideological bents, neglecting to defend people’s freedom to fundraise. It’s like the worst kind of breakup. But worry not – GiveSendGo is dedicated to safeguarding your freedoms, so you can rely on us in your time of need. You deserve a platform that’s here for the right reasons!

Never gonna make you cry
Unless, of course, they're happy tears because your campaign just hit its fundraising goal! Rest assured, we'd NEVER make you cry for any other reason—unless you're watching adorable baby animal videos or soldiers reuniting with family after a long deployment (wipes tear - that one gets us every time), in which case, that's beyond our control.

Never gonna say goodbye
We're not in the business of goodbyes. Once you give, pray, or start your campaign with GiveSendGo, you’re part of the family. Our commitment to you doesn't end when your campaign does. We're here for the long haul, like a love story that transcends time and space.

Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you
Like Astley, honesty is our policy, just like in any good relationship. We're transparent about our processes and our mission: to share the hope of Jesus through crowdfunding. No lies, no deception—just a genuine desire to help you make a difference in the world one campaign, donation, and prayer at a time. 
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Join the Giver Army for Giving Twosday for a Chance to Win Our Exclusive “Gift of Generosity”

By: Alex Shipley on | Comments: 1

One of our favorite parts of what we do is watching others share hope and make an impact. So, you can imagine how awesome we think our Giver Army 2.0 is! They’re all about generosity, so much so that they’re committed to giving each month to causes through GiveSendGo Charities that directly help those in need with campaigns on GiveSendGo. Now that’s powerful!

That’s why we’re so excited about our upcoming Giving Twosday give back initiative. We're offering an opportunity for you to win our exclusive "Gift of Generosity" when you join the Giver Army 2.0 between the 21st and 28th of this month!

How It Works:
Choose Your Cause
: Select from one of our 12 charitable Causes to invest in.
Determine Your Donation: Your monthly donation can be as little as $5.
Watch and Pray: Watch for the quarterly update showcasing the different campaigns your donation impacted.

And if you join between November 21st and 28th, you’ll be eligible for our "Gift of Generosity"—extra funds to gift to a campaign of your choice on GiveSendGo.com.

On Giving Twosday (November 28th), we'll randomly select new Giver Army members who signed up during this period, gifting them with the "Gift of Generosity" to contribute to a campaign of their choice.

What You'll Receive:
  • A RightNow Media Subscription
  • End-of-year Tax-Deductible Receipt
  • Exclusive Invitation to our annual Giver Gala
  • Quarterly Reports showcasing campaigns that received grants associated with our causes
  • And more to come!
Should you win the "Gift of Generosity," expect an email with details on the amount you've received and a simple form for you to tell us the campaign you'd like to donate your extra funds to in your name. 

Causes:
Commit to giving to one of the causes found on Giver Army.com (pro-life, crisis response, and justice for all - just to name a few) and GiveSendGo Charities will disburse the collected funds to campaigns within the cause you selected.

Join the Giver Army 2.0 today and become part of a community dedicated to making a lasting impact on the lives of those in need. Share hope and celebrate the joy of giving!
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