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. 51
    Sugar Momma says:

    Leaning Tree Church
    2530 Millsap Highway
    Mineral Wells, TX 76067

  2. 52
    Anonymous says:

    Just had an idea- would LIfeway or LP be willing to allow us to return the materials in good shape as a part of a “loan library” or discounted “used” resources to this new scholarship fund?- I’m often in Houston and could drop off or ship to you our series we have completed, which we have not given away- I have a shelf of your CDs, books etc.- I would be happy to return any of the materials I have not given away- I know you do not want to have capable purchasers using the materials- but thought I’d throw this out as a consideration- I realize this is a profit issue for LP and Lifeway – just wondered if LP could still profit by reselling used materials at a discount in this special Siesta fund-

  3. 53
    Anonymous says:

    Redeemer Church
    3431 Hamilton Middletown Rd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011

    Charlotte Keene
    rkeene@cinci.rr.com

  4. 54
    Anonymous says:

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

  5. 55
    Megan says:

    Mission Adelante
    22 S. 18th Street
    Kansas City, KS 66102

    Thank-you, God bless you guys richly!

    Megan

  6. 56
    Anonymous says:

    Mission Point Baptitst Mission
    740 Linwood Avenue
    Stonewall, LA 71078

  7. 57
    Stephanie says:

    This is awesome I believe that this is the year for we as Christians women will go forth and do God’s work and it will be seen more this year than any other year. I am starting a young women’s ministry at my church. I could really use any material for this journey that I am on for the Lord. The ministry will consist of young women in the age bracket of 17-24. Please keep my ministry in your prayers. We are having our first meeting on Febuary 28th.

    Ark Christian Center
    3601 Webster
    Kansas City,Kansas 66104
    Pastor Aubrey Singleton/ Stephanie Johnson

  8. 58
    Anonymous says:

    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    2303 Double Churches Road
    Columbus, GA 31909
    706-323-4441

    Elizabeth in GA

  9. 59
    Anonymous says:

    Immanuel Baptist Church
    3620 E. 26th Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    612.724.2004

    I joyfully nominate the sweet, servant-hearted ladies at Immanuel Baptist Church in Minneapolis. They are a wonderful yet small church family with an *annual* women’s ministry budget of $100! Needless to say, they generally borrow Beth’s DVD Bible studies from other churches. :)

    Linda LaFrombois

  10. 60
    Anonymous says:

    This is an amazing outpouring of God’s love to others!

    I can not make a donation right now but it will be on my list as soon as we are back up and running. To share the joy of Christ with others- Yes!

    My family got me a card and a gift for valentine’s day that is perfect and beatiful! I will cherish it but all I can think about is how that money could have been used else where for the family as a whole.

  11. 61
    Anonymous says:

    How we would love this resource for our women’s Bible studies!

    North Springs Alliance Church
    1702 Chapel Hills Dr.
    Colorado Springs, CO 80920

    Blessings!
    Chris Johnson

  12. 62
    Anonymous says:

    Faith Baptist Church
    1990 Neptune Rd
    Kissimmee, FL 34744

  13. 63
    Anonymous says:

    Dearest Beth, I hope I am not too late. There is a non for profit ministry in our community that could certainly use some help. It is called “The Unseen Hands Ministry” and they help people in the community that need food, clothing and help paying bills. The only way this ministry can help people is through donations. The churches (and individuals) in the area donate money, food, used clothes and their time on the second Saturday of each month to help those in need. These people that come for help are ministered to by local volunteer preachers/pastors and given a bible to take home with them. At Christmas they were fortunate enough to help some 230 families (I believe that number is close). In these desperate times I know the number of people in need will grow and possibly the donations may decrease. My husband is a Baptist preacher and he has helped for the past months and he comes home just amazed at the need that is just in our area. It is a very humbling experience and we never know who will be next to be in the line that needs help. He told me today when he got home that there were people already lined up when he got there and he had to park in an adjacent yard. The need is so great. I pray if you could, help this ministry. There have been souls saved at some of these Saturday ministering. Praise God for that!!!!!! That makes it worth it all.

    Thank you Beth for doing this to reach out to a world in need.

    God Bless.

    Here is the address:

    The Unseen Hands Ministry
    c/o Rev. Jerry McCormick
    6065 Thomas Lane
    Cumming, GA 30040

  14. 64
    Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful idea, sweet Beth.

    I would like to nominate my new “home church”. It is an Evangelical Free Church, although I am technically a “Southern Baptist”, but there are not any of those kinds of churches in my area, so the Lord led me to this church instead.

    This church only began about 11 years ago, but did not hold their services in a “real” church building until 2004.

    And, it does not seem as if any of the ladies have even heard your name, Miss Beth, except for me, of course. I would so much like to be able to share Jesus’ amazing Love with these ladies through some of your Bible studies [even though it would be TOTALLY, POSITIVELY “out of my Comfort Zone” to try to facilitate any of them, but, if the Lord leads me to do so, I will do my best to honor Him and bring Him glory !

    River Hills Community Church-
    2843 West Court Street
    Janesville, WI 53548

    Pastor John Swanson
    608-758-0943
    ———————————
    In Christ’s awesome Love,

    Jennifer Olmstead
    Janesville, WI

  15. 65
    Chad says:

    Christ Community Baptist Church

    P.O. Box 436 Flint, MI 48502.

  16. 66
    The Brandts says:

    Lifeway Baptist Church
    6280 Chester St., Suite 103
    Arlington, Tennessee 38002
    Pastor Chad Grigsby

    Our church has been struggling through divorces, illnesses, loss of infants and other challenges. We’re seeking after the Lord and want to be a light in our community. We definitely struggle to pay the bills, so any educational material to lift up the hurting wives, mothers, and sisters in our church would be an amazing gift.

    Thank you for thinking of such a generous gift. I know the recipients will gain so much!

  17. 67
    Anonymous says:

    Fork Hill Baptist Church
    1125 Fork Hill Road
    Heath Springs, SC 29058
    803-286-8814
    Phil Ellenburg, Pastor

  18. 68
    Profbaugh says:

    I want to nominate my own church. We’re a new start church with a tight budget. Originally, we received funds from our conference. But each year that has been decreasing. To say “Do or die” would be a good motto right now.

    I introduced our first Beth Moore study a year ago. I managed to buy it on ebay out of my own funds. Since that time we haven’t had the resources to do another. So here’s the info:

    Real Life UMC
    400 Park Street
    Waterloo, IL 62298
    618-939-1313
    Pastor Matt Henson
    matt@reallifeumc.com

  19. 69
    Carol says:

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

  20. 70
    The Greenfields says:

    we are a group of missionaries in Jordan. we can have a short term missions team bring the materials out

    C/o Elaine Mitchell
    383 Vick Circle
    Trussville, AL 35173

  21. 71
    Anonymous says:

    Thanks Beth for everything you do. I don’t know if I will ever get to meet you face to face until we all reach glory but I hope you know how many lives you have (and contiue to) impact. We would be a church that could benefit so we will see what happens

    6501 Broadway
    San Antonio, TX 78209
    Church phone 210-824-9530

    P.S We are only into our secnd week of Esther and I all I can say is….. THNAK YOU!!!

  22. 72
    UL Cards Fan says:

    Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church
    318 West St. Catherine St.
    Louisville, KY 40203

  23. 73
    Anonymous says:

    Christ Community Baptist Church
    PO Box 436
    Flint, MI 48502

  24. 74
    Anonymous says:

    We found a really neat group of women who have similar desires to know and learn more about our God and we are loving it. Recently after some pretty nasty trials, the mention was that after this study we might have to wait a bit til we can get on our feet financially. Understandable, but not attractive.

    I’ve been checking in with the churches around us who are known to have Beth Moore resources but NOT A Single One will allow the borrowing of their materials.

    I’ve tried to help in the past tosupply materials for those we know cant afford even a few pennies to spare. We just spent our wad of spending money on purchasing 4 workbooks and a text for these wonderful ladies. We will, Lord willing, continue to help, but even our combined input is meager. With the loss of hours and wages, I myself now make half of my normal income. Other women are in just as tough a boat.
    It would be wonderful to have the option of offering some study material to this group – they’d love it and gain so much from it.

    BTW, all of the material we’ve had has been loaned to individuals who wanted them. We would continue this practice in the future.

    The leader is Bea @ eaglesnest360@gmail.com

    While we are not a church we are women who want to continue in our study of God.
    thank you

  25. 75
    Thy Word Is A Lamp Unto My Feet says:

    what a great idea! I will definitely contribute.

    Crossroads Church of Long Island
    610 Carmans Road
    Farmingdale, NY

    God bless

  26. 76
    Anonymous says:

    Christ community Baptist Church
    P.O. box 436 Flint, MI 48502

  27. 77
    Karen says:

    Cornerstone Bible Church
    Middlefield, Ohio

    (216) 407-4689

  28. 78
    Anonymous says:

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

  29. 79
    Angel says:

    Burton Baptist Church
    6566 W. Burton Rd.
    Show Low, AZ 85901

  30. 80
    gg2002 says:

    Yes, this is wonderful and I will contribute – I would like to nominate my son’s church in a small town in west Texas

    First Baptist Church
    105 Lazy Bend Road
    Brock, Texas 76087

    Great family church and the women there need some of God’s love through this LPM give away.

    Thanks

    GG2002
    Judy Baggett

  31. 81
    Anonymous says:

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

    -Ashley Vander Berg

  32. 82
    Lisa says:

    Pastor David Lewis
    Harmony Bible Church
    337 Spruce Head Road
    South Thomaston, ME 04858

  33. 83
    stephanie says:

    Grace Baptist Church of Sunset Beach, 17 Somerset Rd. Pasadena, Md 21122 Pastor’s name Doug Alberts

  34. 84
    TYT says:

    Coolest, just the coolest idea! I want to add a second vote for Beautiful Feet in Fort Worth TX.

    http://www.thefeet.org

    BEAUTIFUL FEET MINISTRIES
    – P.O. BOX ,6212 –
    FORT WORTH, TEXAS 76115 –
    PH. 817.536.0505
    PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 1709 E. HATTIE – FORT WORTH, TEXAS 76104

    Attn: Sarah Meyer

  35. 85
    Elizabeth says:

    BEAUTIFUL FEET MINISTRIES – P.O. BOX ,6212 – FORT WORTH, TEXAS 76115 – PH. 817.536.0505
    PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 1709 E. HATTIE – FORT WORTH, TEXAS 76104

    http://www.thefeet.org
    Attn: Sarah Meyer

    Ooops, I posted the first one under the wrong google account.

  36. 86
    Anonymous says:

    Baptist Friendship House
    c/o New Orleans Baptist Ministries, Inc.
    729 Second Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130

  37. 87
    Anonymous says:

    Oh Beth,
    I’m always so thrilled at the way the HOLY SPIRIT leads and guides you into doing the most interesting things for your fellow pilgrims. I will be contributing! I lived in Houston and was so blessed to do many of your studies at HSB. The blog warms my heart. I’d like to enter:

    WELLS BENCH COMMUNITY
    CHURCH send to: Joyce Bird
    4062 Canyon Creek Rd.
    Orofino, Id 83544
    It’s a very small church that has a womens Bible study group–they were lent the DVD’s and have started LIVING BEYOND Y…their first Beth Moore study and everyone is so excited to learn about living in the spirit!
    GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND MINISTRY!

    Cathy Reineke
    208-827-0560

  38. 88
    Mary Watkins says:

    Wow, this is a great idea. Here is my candidate church.

    New Hope Baptist Mission Church, which is sponsored by First Baptist Church of Marion is located at Lakeshore Estates, a modest mobile home community between Marion and West Memphis,AR.

    Lakeshore Estates has about 480 units with a population of about 1,200 people. The average annual income per family is less than $13,000.

    They could truly use one of those DVD sets.
    The pastor’s name is John Rech.

    Here is the mailing address:
    New Hope Baptist Mission Church
    P.O. Box 6
    Marion, AR 72364

    My check is in the mail to the Siesta Scholarship fund.

    Love,
    Mary

  39. 89
    Amber says:

    First Baptist Church
    PO Box 145
    Willow AK 99688

    They are a small church in a community that is in such great need of Christ. Their budget does not allow them to purchase many materials due to the heavy winter needs that they must support.

  40. 90
    KFKelley says:

    Thank you so much Beth!

    Here’s a church I would like to nominate:

    Don Avenue Baptist Church
    1010 Don Avenue
    Denham Springs, LA 70726

  41. 91
    Anonymous says:

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

  42. 92
    Lisa says:

    What an exciting opportunity! I would like to nominate my best friends’ church (where her husband is the current pastor and has been enduring every kind of hardship.) The church’s name is Reach Out Christian Chapel. The contact address is 243 N. Rock Island Dr. Eatonton, GA 31024.

  43. 93
    Leanne says:

    Heh siestas….let’s believe God together for some extra donations for postage costs outside of the U.S.. We have some very needy small churches up here in Canada and I know God sees no borders. Love ya all to bits…..

  44. 94
    Anonymous says:

    My husband is laid off, but we have food on the table and a roof over our heads, and I have two part time jobs. We are making it. I can donate! Even if its a little! (It is more blessed to give than to receive!)

  45. 95
    Michelle Bentham says:

    Okay… I want to enter

    Fellowship Baptist Church
    1600 N.Old Decatur Rd.
    Saginaw, TX 76179

    Women’s Bible study leaders are Sherry Gallagher and Reone Peterson.

    I have done Bible study with this “home away from home” group of Bible diggers two semesters and last semester the ladies chipped in and bought the curriculum to have the study. There is not an item on their budget for the Women’s Bible study. I do pray the Lord blesses them. THanks Beth and all the Siestas… I will give when we are able… Yes, I will.

  46. 96
    Michelle Bentham says:

    If it is okay… Can I add another group of ladies?

    Chisholm Trail Baptist Church
    P. O. Box 25
    Rhome, TX 76078

    Claudia Graham, Women’s Minstry Director

    Ron Graham, Pastor.

    This is the group of women I led for three and a half years in your study, Beth. The church is recovering from some financial setbacks in the last few years. They are blossoming so in the area of women’s ministry especially – busting at the seams. It is a glorious thing to go back and visit – I know they would be blessed by a gift of Bible Study.

    Thanks again! Love You.

  47. 97
    Anonymous says:

    Soule United Methodist Church
    21600 US Hwy 264
    Swan Quarter, NC 27858

  48. 98
    Anonymous says:

    Faith Assembly of God
    P O Box 581823
    7500 E 21st St
    Tulsa, OK 74158-1823

  49. 99
    Anonymous says:

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

  50. 100
    Linda H. says:

    Please consider Christ Community Baptist Church,Pastor Malcolm Brown, P.O. Box 436, Flint, MI 48502. They are a small congregation working in the inner city and could really use the materials.

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