Siesta Scholarship Fund

Hey, Siestas! I have something very exciting to share with you! Let me give you a little background so you’ll get the full picture. Like most of you, I was deeply burdened by the financial needs our sisters shared on the blog several weeks ago. My LPM staff of mighty prayer warriors and I divided up every one of those needs and prayed for them specifically. I also deliberated over and over before God about what else I could do. I can’t tell you how much I wanted to just start writing checks. Living Proof Ministries does not have the kind of non-profit that can give cash to individuals, so my frustration mounted. That’s when the Lord spoke such a clear word to me in my heart. It went something like this:

“Stick with what I’ve called you to do at the ministry. You can’t give away money but you can give away many other material things to people and churches that could really use them.” God then began to lay out a strategic plan to set up a scholarship fund through our blog community to donate materials (books, CD’s, DVD’s, and event tickets) to those whom God directs. LPM has always actively donated, but setting up a fund like this would greatly enhance what we’re able to give and also add a fabulous dimension to our community.

I immediately went to Linda, our LPM accountant, told her the vision as I understood it from God and asked her if it would work. She gave it a thumbs-up and began setting up the system and, as of right now, it is up and running. Here’s how it will work: We will now have a way for any of you Siestas who are not as financially strapped to give any amount of money the Lord directs to what will now be called “The Siesta Scholarship Fund.” Girlfriend, it can be $5 and we’d be thrilled! Your Siesta Mama is going to put up or shut up, so I want you to know that I brought my checkbook from home and, with great joy, am making the very first ever donation, $1,000, to our new scholarship fund. In fact, let me stop right now and write the check.

OK, it’s written. If you also want to write a check (for any amount, of course), you’ll make it out to Living Proof Ministries just like I did, but you absolutely must designate “Siesta Scholarship Fund” in the memo so they’ll know where to put it.

Mail it to:
Living Proof Ministries
12131 Malcomson Road
Houston, Texas 77070

You can also make a donation to the fund online by using this link below. When given the option in the online form, please designate it “In honor of The Siesta Scholarship Fund.”

Click here to donate online

I give you my word that these donations (whether by check or online by charge) will only be used for the expressed purpose of giving away materials. I also want you to know that we will always tell the recipients that they have received them as a gift from the LPM Siesta Blog Community.

With these donations, Living Proof will then begin appropriating materials for priority needs that hit the ministry. This is where I really need your understanding. This scholarship fund would not just be by Siestas for Siestas. It would be by Siestas for anyone at the discretion of our ministry based on the needs that we encounter. I fear that if we limited our donations only to Siestas, it could open the door to all manner of challenges (like how we’d choose between one and another) and, worse yet, it could skew our pure-hearted motives and purposes here on the blog. The purpose of our fellowship here needs to remain what it has been from the start: encouragement to walk faithfully and authentically with our Lord Jesus Christ. We have requests for materials and tickets constantly from people in need and, if you’d be willing to trust our discretion, I promise you we will seek the Lord’s direction. We will also make available a report of our ingoing and outgoing donations periodically so you can see for yourself how the money is being handled.

This is a great time for me to tell you that we work very hard at Living Proof Ministries to maintain the utmost financial accountability and, it you glance at our home page, you’ll see our “ECFA Member” seal (Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability). If you give that website a glance, you’ll know that we have to maintain the utmost standards (including an annual audit) to keep that coveted seal.

OK, here’s what I want to do today as a way to launch a spirit of giving in our blog community. In lieu of comments, if you know of a mission church or a small or struggling church that could really use a set of Bible study DVD’s, please post their name and mailing address as your response to this post. (Continental USA addresses please to keep shipping costs from becoming astronomical.) 48 hours after I run this post, we will do a drawing to give away 5 full DVD sets. These will be gifts from LPM and the cost will not be subtracted from our Siesta Scholarship Fund. We’ll then post the 5 winners and send the sets on their way in your honor. I will have a cute card prepared for all materials that go out in your honor and from the scholarships you make possible. I am so excited about this!

Now, listen here. We expect to have this blog and this scholarship fund for years to come SO if you can’t give a single dollar toward it right now, don’t you feel the least bit guilty. I don’t want a single person feeling under compulsion. God wants us to give cheerfully. Even with outright hilarity! So do not give a dime you are not free and thrilled to give. This is the time for those of us not suffering financially to take up the slack for those of us who are. We love all of you so much. Never feel condemned or pressured here.

I can’t wait to share an update with you! I’ll give it about a week and let you know what’s been given so far.

Lord, do Your thing! Edify Your Church and glorify Your great Name!

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  1. 1
    Kathy Pink Bicycle Arkansas says:

    If this is not the place to post I understand.

    Just today I have been praying about funding for my sister to able to attend Memphis. I cannot afford to get a ticket for her and she cannot afford one. I wont’ go into details but her life is upside down and it unfortunatley always will be and she has $0 for the basic necessities.

    Even if she cannot get a scholarship ticket in some form I truly feel like God is in this.

    How would you “apply”?

  2. 2
    Deb Simon (First Baptist Cadillac) says:

    Christ Community Baptist Church
    P.O. Box 436 Flint, MI 48502.

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    the people on 20/20 tonight. please help them.

  4. 4
    Jo says:

    Oh Beth I LOVE this idea!
    A small church (consisting of mainly seniors), located near the school I teach at is filled with the most darling saints! They offer breakfast for our students from low-income families; they host an after-school “homework club” serving snacks to our kids as they help them with homework; and they sure pray for our students! Please enter this loving church in the drawing, and count me in as a donor! I love this scholarship idea!

    The church is:

    Irvington Presbyterian Church
    4181 Irvington Avenue
    Fremont, CA 94538

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Christ Community Baptist Church
    P.O. Box 436 Flint, MI 48502.

  6. 6
    Terrie and Carley says:

    Calvary Baptist Church
    6824 Pine Forest Road
    Pensacola, Fl 32526

  7. 7
    Ashley Starr, twinkle386@aol.com says:

    Covenant Presbyterian Church
    4500 Sun ‘n Lake Blvd.
    Sebring, FL 33872

  8. 8
    ckl616 says:

    Pinedale Community Fellowship located at 7361 N San Pablo Ave in
    Fresno, CA 93650-1152
    Phone: (559) 435-4673
    Pastor Richard and Linda Amparano

    The community of Pinedale is an area in Fresno that has among the highest drug traffic and crime rate in the city. Linda and Richard felt led by the Lord to move in to this poverty and crime ridden area of our city (10-11 years ago)and plant this Church as Missionaries from People’s Church, also located in Fresno, CA. This area, once isolated on the ‘outskirts of town’ is now (due to urban sprawl) right smack in the middle of one of the most affluent business areas in our city. They serve a predominantly black and hispanic population. They hold Church Services in the Pinedale Elementary School. Thank you SO much for considering this small, but mighty, Church who is working feverishly to save lives for Christ!

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Christ Community Baptist Church
    P.O. Box 436 Flint, MI 48502.

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Owen Valley Christian Fellowship
    LBS
    615 W State Hwy 46
    Spencer, IN 47460

  11. 11
    Momma 2...5 says:

    Winfield Heights Baptist Church
    315 Chester Street
    Williston, SC 29853

  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    Dora First Baptist Church
    1440 Sharon Blvd.
    Dora, AL 35062

    A small baptist church in rural Alabama that has had to lay off the youth minister and cut other ministries due to tithing being significantly down.

  13. 13
    Pastorswife says:

    Beth,
    One place I consistently see a need for provision is for those in christian service. Thankfully my husband makes enough that I am able to afford all the conferences, however, many of our staff wives are not. I have tried through our women’s ministry to always scholarship our minister’s wives so that they can always participate. However, I have a girl in my small group, a Director of a Crisis Pregnancy Center who literally makes next to nothing. She never goes to anything but she pours out her life everyday to this generation of girls and for the next they carry in their womb. I would love to see if we could somehow make sure they knew if you were coming to their town that they could come at no charge as a way to say thank you. I would love to see them provided for.
    I absolutely love this idea. The moment you said your accountant gave it a thumbs up, I thought of course she did, God had it all thought out and He was met with an obedient heart. Thank you for listening and for your immediate obedience.

  14. 14
    Bon says:

    First Assembly of God
    Where God is always doing something
    2925 NW 39 Ave.
    Gainesville,
    Fl. 32605

    Beautiful idea!! Praise the King of Kings!!

  15. 15
    Bon says:

    First Assembly of God
    where God is always doing something
    2925 NW 39 Ave.
    Gainesville, Fl. 32605

    Beautiful idea! Praise Him!

  16. 16
    kathyb5 says:

    Cherokee Baptist Church
    Women’s Ministry
    7770 HIckory Flat Highway
    Woodstock, Ga. 30188

  17. 17
    carolyn says:

    I nominate:
    Ellen Castillo
    this is a special woman and friend who gives sacrificially of herself and faithfully leads our women. She has a deep passion for our Lord and to see other women in an authentic relationship with our Lord God, daily being in His Word.
    The Harbor
    751 E. Foster Rd
    Santa Maria, CA 93458
    805-937-5703

  18. 18
    Susan says:

    This is a great thing you’re doing! I nominate:

    Christ Community Baptist Church

    P.O. Box 436 Flint, MI 48502.

  19. 19
    Shelly says:

    I would like to nominate a new church plant, as well.

    CenterPointe Church
    P.O. Box 207
    DuPont, WA 98327

  20. 20
    Shelly says:

    P.S.

    http://www.cpcdupont.org

    This is the link to CenterPointe Church, and we would really covet your prayers, as we are opening our first service on April 19th, 2009!!!

  21. 21
    Lisa says:

    Journey Fellowship Church
    30042 N Dixie Ranch Road
    Lacombe, LA 70445

    Contact: Lisa Krumm

  22. 22
    cspann says:

    I am so overwhelmed by this mission and by what I would like to tell you about Era Baptist Church that I can’t express myself. I love this church of my youth and know that all the churches or groups nominated are loved the same. What a wonderful vision our God is bringing to fruition…again!

    Era Baptist Church
    100 Bolivar Road
    Era, TEXAS, 76238

    Cheryl Spann
    Ponder, Tx

  23. 23
    Sista Staci says:

    Life Church
    110 Church Street
    Baldwin, Georgia 30511

  24. 24
    Tara D. says:

    Hey Beth/Amanda-

    This comment is not for posting…just figured this was the best way to communicate with you. I am a fellow Houston gal…I know several people you know, etc…and our family is currently on the mission field in Asia. I have been meaning to ask if there is a way to get a few resources (Bible study materials) at a discounted rate for us to use here in Asia. If you’re not the people to ask about this :-) , can you forward this to the person at LPM that I would need to speak with? I have a Houston mailbox address the resources could be mailed to or I could pick them up when I’m on furlough in the states this spring. Appreciate all that you do! Peace to you…

    tara@59acres.org

  25. 25
    Joanie says:

    I am out of work and really embarressed to put my unemployment tithe in the collection plate on Sun. I believe its going to get worse before it gets better. Your inspiration inspires me to pray that someone would begin a Christian recycling/donation center (look at the success of Goodwill Industries). There must be a gazillion unread bibles, teaching series, music, books, videos, etc. sitting in the saints homes never to be viewed or read again that could be donated. The cost of Christian materials is extravagent for some and with these hard economic times, I belive souls are going to be seeking Him in record numbers and a donation center with Christian materials would be great. (Sorry to be so longwinded.)

  26. 26
    jenny says:

    The Waters Church in Sartell, Minnesota

    This is a wonderful idea. What a great way to allow blessing for givers and receivers!

  27. 27
    debrah says:

    Deeper Life Fellowship in Christ
    391 Neighborhood Rd.
    Mastic New York 11967

  28. 28
    Tara G. says:

    I’d like to submit Swann Station Baptist as a recipient; there are some dear faithful ladies there that could really use the encouragement.

    Swann Station Baptist Church
    7592 NC Hwy 87 S
    Sanford, NC 27332

    Beth, thank you, for your putting your heart into action. Tara

  29. 29
    Maria Cristina says:

    I am absolutely thrilled, humbled and honored to be a part of this awesome ‘plan’!!!!!

    also, I’m not sure that US DVD’s would work here in the UK because of the different “region” codings, but I tell you –England is in DIRE NEED of sound, Godly direction and teaching!
    …instead of churches there are pubs at every corner!!! so, I pray hard for church planting and lots of sound Bible studies in this lost land!

    I love you all!
    maria cristina

  30. 30
    Irene says:

    Faith Evangelical Church
    Pastor Don Hardesty
    3720 47th Ave. S. E.
    Medina, ND 58467

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    Faith Community Church
    PO Box 830
    Canton, NC 28716
    (828) 452-5564

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    My church First Baptist Church of Cadillac MI uses Beth Moore all the time inface I anm using beth moore in my youth Sunday school class.
    First Baptist Church
    125 Stimson St.
    Cadillac Mi 49601

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    Evergreen Baptist Churc
    P.O. Box 1213
    Milledgeville, GA 31059

    Mandy Eley

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:

    Kernersville Community Church
    P.O. Box 2282
    Kernersville, NC 27285

    What a GREAT idea!!! Thanks, LPM, for being so kindhearted!!

  35. 35
    Leslie says:

    Lighthouse Rescue Mission
    204 Eupora St.
    Hattiesburg, MS 39402

    http://www.lighthouserescuemission.org/

  36. 36
    Wendy says:

    I would like to nominate:

    Christ Community Baptist Church
    P.O. Box 436 Flint, MI 48502

    May God Bless you and keep You

    Wendy

  37. 37
    Anonymous says:

    Womens Bible Study Group
    Northern Lights Christian Center
    P.O. Box 757
    Hayward, WI 54843

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    An awesome church in the inner-city:

    Calvary Bible Chapel
    309 Lyons Avenue
    Newark, NJ 07112

    Thanks, Beth and LPM for your sensitivity to the Lord who cares for the poor.

  39. 39
    Little Steps Of Faith says:

    Beth that is amazing! I have no words how straight from heaven that has to be:)

    He is doing great things.

    We’ll help Him shine:)

    In His Love,

    Angie

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    This church has just started in my town, this Sunday will be week 4 and God is doing amazing things already (37 people getting baptized this Sunday!). The name is “My Church” seriously that is the name!

    My Church
    6720 Flat Rock Road
    Columbus, GA 31820
    (physical address)

    My Church
    PO box 8925
    Columbus, GA 31907

    Christie in GA

  41. 41
    Lucy says:

    Tyger Baptist Church
    Pastor – Glenn Gifford
    P.O. Box 293
    Tigerville, SC 29688

    Tracy Carson

  42. 42
    Wrinkled Shirts says:

    What a wonderful idea! In the midst of the turmoil of the economy I actually got a promotion and a raise yesterday. God is so good and faithful. He will never leave us nor forsake us. My check is on its way!!!!!!
    Paula G. <><

  43. 43
    Anonymous says:

    Kelly from FBC in Cadillac

    Christ Community Baptist Church
    P.O. Box 436 Flint, MI 48502.

  44. 44
    Lindsay says:

    Beth,
    What happened to the Valentine Day post?

  45. 45
    Lindsay says:

    Beth,
    What happened to the Valentine Day post?

  46. 46
    CAROL LIVIN FOR GOD says:

    CAROL ALBUQUERQUE NM
    LORD I ASK AND PRAY THAT YOU WILL BE WITH EACH PERSON IN AT LPM
    BE WITH BETH MOORE AS SHE CONTINUES TO DO YOUR WORK MAY YOU BE GLORIFIED IN HER LIFE AND WORK AND AT LPM. THANK YOU LORD FOR SUCH A GODLY WOMAN WHO IS WILLING TO BE YOUR SERVANT AND A WOMAN AFTER GOD OWN HEART. LORD BLESS THIS MINISTRY AND EVRYONE INVOLVED.
    HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO ALL OF OUR SEISTAS AND TO LITTLE SIESTA ANNABETH AND TO THE JONES AND MOORES. BIG HUGS AND LOTS OF LOVE SENT YOUR WAY GOD BLESS YOU SWEET MAMA SEISTA WE LOVE YOU TO PIECES.
    LOVE CAROL
    I WILL BE PRAYING

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    David S. Cadillac FBC

    Christ Community Baptist Church
    P.O. Box 436 Flint, MI 48502.

  48. 48
    Elaine says:

    Sharon Baptist Church
    13020 S. Blackbob Rd.
    Olathe, KS 66062

  49. 49
    Julianne says:

    I am nominating a friend’s church. This is a little church, way out in the desert! What a blessing these materials would be for their Women’s Ministry! Great idea, Beth!

    The Church at Tubac
    Post Office Box 1864
    2242 West Frontage Road
    Tubac, Arizona 85646
    (520) 398-2325
    http://www.churchattubac.org

  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    I am humbled today and I think sharing the LP materials is a great way to share our Lord’s love and healing- I have always been able to “donate”. I think I took pride in my “generosity” and may have even used that ability to allow me have a sense of worth, power and control in my life- I pray God will restore my financial health- I believe he gave me 2 Cor. 9:11 as encouragement “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occassion”- I look forward to supporting this wonderful effort hopefully in the near future, with God’s help. Thank you for praying for those of us who need God’s financial provision. Lots of love and blessings

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