Recently I shared with greenchurch about someone who had paid the funds to “buy” a worker in another country out of “slavery”. In essence their slavery was their debt to a manufacturer/owner who made sure the debt never got paid off…but slavery was still the reality for this worker who couldn’t leave.
Because we have no building, no debt, no salaries to worry about we look for ways to give everything away and one of the men gave me an extra offering to help “buy” another person out of slavery….and I did. We found some abused girls, now grown, who were captives to a brothel and the lifestyle that goes with it. I suppose we haven’t “bought” them out of slavery, but we have helped a Christfollower in that country who has “brought” them out.
It’s what Christ would do. No building and no salaries and no bills to pay is one of the best rhythms of church life we have found.
It’s good to give everything away every month. I like it better than spending money on…well, you know…a church sponsored easter-egg hunt just doesn’t compare with helping some out of slavery.
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