SEND Canada, based on Biblical principles, makes no apology for fund-raising. Here are three Biblical examples of fund-raising.
Fund-raising for the Tabernacle
In Exodus 24 to 31, God's servant Moses received instructions from the Lord for building the tabernacle. Certain foundational principles began to emerge for fund-raising at that time. God has given to His people, life and material possessions, therefore His people are instructed to give back to Him. Further, God's people have sufficient possessions to accomplish His work. It is also clear that God's people should give willingly - with all their hearts.
Fund-raising in the Temple
Fund raising for Solomon's temple covers several chapters in Kings and Chronicles. In 1 Chronicles 29: 1-19, it is clear that leaders are to set the pace of giving. Leaders are to give substantially and sacrificially. This passage of scripture indicates that those who give willingly will receive spiritual blessing and prosperity.
Fund-raising for the poor
In the New Testament there are many examples of fund-raising for the poor. In Romans 15:24 - 33, Paul demonstrates his own participation in taking a collection for the poor in Jerusalem. In 1 Corinthians 16:1 - 4, we discover that the Corinthian believers also contributed to the poor in Jerusalem. In 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 many reasons are given for stating the importance of giving - to which we now turn.
SEND Canada also believes in the importance and value of giving by God's people:
2 Corinthians chapters 8 and 9 are filled with the many principles Here are a few of the reasons for giving based on these verses
1. 2 Cor. 8:1 Giving is a grace of God.
4. 2 Cor. 8:3 The standard for giving is beyond our ability.
5. 2 Cor. 8:4 Giving is to be spontaneous and voluntary.
If you would like to see a more complete list of the 17 verses that speak to the subject of giving, then go here.