"What is benevolence? What is a benevolence fund?"
Answer: Benevolence is the desire to help someone or a feeling of goodwill toward others. Benevolence can also refer to an act of kindness or charity. Today, many churches maintain a “benevolence fund,” that is, a monetary reserve kept in order to help those in need. Often, a benevolence fund is used to aid families with unexpected or high medical expenses, victims of natural disasters, the unemployed, the underemployed, and others in similar circumstances.
The call to provide for the needy is found throughout the Bible. In Matthew 25:34–40, Jesus emphasizes the need for benevolence in God’s name. John asks, “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” (1 John 3:17–18). “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7), and maintaining a benevolence fund is one way to help those who come to the church for aid during difficult times.
At First Missionary, we are a Bible based, Christ following ministry, who knows that a part of ministry is to be a source of comfort and aid to our community. When a person or family have a financial need, we know that as children of God, we have to be there for one another, spiritually, emotionally, and even financially. There are times when a family may have a family emergency that they are unprepared for. This is the reason for our benevolence fund, to be able to provide financial, as well as spiritual assistants to those in need. Whatever God places on your heart, please make a donation to our benevolence fund.