Just today I spoke with one of our clients. The CEO of this faith based non-profit told of a recent letter he had received from a donor—an elderly widow. This woman has faithfully given $5.00 a month to the organization for 20 years. In the letter that accompanied her monthly check, she apologized for not being able to give more. Then she said the following:
“I pray for you twice each day.”
The CEO wiped away tears as he told the story.
Our donors not only help us do great things. Sometimes, they humble us with their quiet commitment and dedication.
We would do well to never forget the story that Jesus tells about a widow.
He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Make a short list of your most faithful and committed donors, regardless of amount. Who are the people who have given to your organization every month for years? Set aside an afternoon and make some thank you phone calls. You might just find out somebody is praying for you too.