A young man told me a story tonite, he has been having a "hard time". He has been trying to follow the Lord ..but not really successfully....yet better than before (you know how that is)
Anyways, he has not had transportation in a long while and has had no money to make it happen.
Without transportation it is hard to keep a steady job, etc. etc.
This past week he had looked into getting a small loan for a "beater" ~ something to get around in. He found something and went back to get the promised loan, only to find out it had fallen through. He was so upset and downtrodden.
He tells me how he was in his room just railing at God. "What the heck Lord??" "How am I supposed to make this happen?" Again I surmise you know the lingo..
3 hours later there's a knock at the door.
A man stands there.
He shares how God has told him to buy a truck for this young man. Now, mind you, not just any old truck but a NICE one with a new snowplow!
He also explains how he argued with God about this command, saying "I think 'this kid' should have to work for his truck like we all have to."
The Lord's reply was clear, "who got you your vehicle? Was it not I that provided for you?" The argument was finished and the man obeyed. He handed over the keys and title to the sobbing young man ~ who just COULD NOT BELIEVE ~ that God, his Heavenly Father~ would do such a thing for him.
How cool is God????
Friend~ Its not when we have it all together. Not when our tithe is on time and our ducks are all in a row*.
Our Father loves us ~ just cause!!!
We are His children and
He JUST LOVES US!!
Crowdfunding or any type of fundraising can be a bit daunting. Asking friends and family, acquaintances and strangers to donate, no matter how good and noble the cause can feel somewhat uncomfortable.
One secret we can share that we see from most successful campaigns is how the campaign owner/recipient responds to donations. They say Thank You. They let their givers know they appreciate the sacrifice and love behind the gift.
There is a story in the Bible where Jesus gives a gift of healing 10 men that were outcast, suffering from their skin decaying on their body, 10 lepers. They called out to Jesus as he was passing by and Jesus stopped and spoke the word, and healed ALL TEN! Talk about life changing, From one minute to the next the walking dead, to the restored.
But what happens after?
Of the ten lepers Jesus healed, however, only one came back, and of all the lepers, he wouldn't be anybody who could be expected to do it: I had heard this story many times but never notices the one who came back was a Samaritan. Not a Jew but the enemy of the Jews. Yet in Luke it says:
"And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned with a loud voice glorifying God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan." (Luke 17:14-16)
When you are truly thankful, and your life's action reflects that gratitude, it moves the very heart of God. It also moves the hearts of donors.
To help we put together a list of ways to say Thank You to your donors:
1. Use the Audio message feature on your campaign to record a verbal, personal thank you each time someone gives. ( you can find this on your campaign dashboard on a computer (not mobile device) )
2. Send a Handwritten Note
This is one of the coolest things you can receive in our digital media age.
3. Send a public shout out on social media
Show your gratitude on Facebook, Twitter, or the platform your donors use most. A simple shout out on Facebook is a great way to shine a spotlight on your supporters and say thank you to donors. Learn how to write for different social media platforms to perfect your message.
4. Send a private message or personal email. In it, remember The donor is the hero. You are thanking them for their awesomeness. Make sure your thank you note is all about them. Not you and what you are doing.
5. Share updates letting everyone know if it wasn't for your donors ( you can name them specifically) you wouldn't be doing what you are doing.
6. Pay it forward. When your donor community has a cause they’re fundraising for, reciprocate by offering your help.
7. Make sure you go through the recent donation section of your campaign page and "like" or 'love" each donation
8. Say thank you by phone call or in person. People love personal. When you see the person make sure you let them know how much you appreciate their gift. If you know you wont see then soon give a quick call.
How ever you say thank you, just make sure it comes from the bottom of your heart with sincerity. Remember each donation given was a sacrifice made by someone.