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. 151
    Lina says:

    I hope it is not too late to nominate my home church:

    Lompoc Foursquare Church
    125 North C Street
    Lompoc, CA 93436

    Pastor Bernie Federmann

  2. 152
    Sherri M - NH says:

    First Christian Church
    83 North Main Street
    Wolfeboro, NH 03894

  3. 153
    Dena says:

    Iron City Church
    265 McIntyre Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15237

    We’re a teany tiny little church plant in the land of the North… :) Started in September of 2007 and responsible for the miraculous conversion of my husband to an amazing relationship with Jesus.

    This is an amazing idea and I will definitely be contributing when able.

  4. 154
    Anonymous says:

    Berlin Baptist Church
    P.O. Box 9
    Berlin, Georgia 31722

    This is a small country church that needs a fire lit within. There has never been a organized Bible study, but I know without a doubt that ANY one of your studies would help. :)

    ~Sarah

  5. 155
    Anonymous says:

    Fellowship of Joy
    300 W. Pioneer Pkwy
    Grand Prairie, TX 75051

    Attn: Ginger Resta
    214-202-1327

  6. 156
    Shelia says:

    The very new Christian Women’s Ministry, a totally volunteer lay counseling ministry. In this first year, over four classes of women have trained to be lay counselors to women who are hurting or struggling. The women here are so hungry for more of Jesus!

    Kingdom Center for Christian Women’s Ministry
    820 Jefferson St.
    Fulton, MO 65251

  7. 157
    Rhonda says:

    I missed posting my church the first time (I just joined the blog) so would like to add my church to the list of DVDs of Esther in case another church wants to donate theirs. It’s New Beginnings Baptist Church, 1004 Corporate Lane, Unit B, Export, PA 15632. We women just love Beth’s Bible studies, but we haven’t been able to afford to buy many of them. We’re looking forward to doing the Esther one if we can get our hands on it.

    Thanks and God bless!

    Rhonda

  8. 158
    celiz76@yahoo.com says:

    Would anyone want the audio cd’s for the Patriarchs, Daniel, Stepping up, as well as individual cd’s and even tapes? I don’t know if a church wold really use them? Email if anyone wants them.

  9. 159
    Anonymous says:

    Salmon Creek Foursquare Church
    1313 NE 134th St.
    Vancouver, WA 98685
    (360)574-1707

    Caroline Schulz

  10. 160
    Anonymous says:

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow! PTL for the SSF and the ministry to small churches who don’t have the resources to purchase LPM DVD’s.

    May I nominate
    Crescent Baptist Church
    611 Gilbert Avenue
    Anaheim, California 90801
    Pastor Pat Herring

    Lovingly in Christ,
    Pam Houston
    Buena Park, CA

  11. 161
    TN Girl says:

    Christ’s Church Radford
    PO Box 824
    Dublin, VA 24084

  12. 162
    Lynn says:

    Hello dear Siestas,

    At first I didn’t want to put our name on here because it didn’t seem right to put our own name on the scholarship list but the truth is we really can’t afford to buy any of the DVDs.

    so in a humble spirit

    Benedictine Convent
    attn:sr. Lynn
    31970 State Hwy P
    Clyde MO 64432

    Thank you for your generous giving.

  13. 163
    Cat Lady 2 says:

    I think this is a very worthy cause and when I get the money to donate, then I will. I wouls like to nominate New Community Christian Church, in Salina, Kansas. This is the first blog I’ve ever done so be gentle with me, if I make a mistake, forgive me. Anyway, my BFF and the leader of our Tuesday night womens Bible Study really wants to lead Breaking Free. She went through it, it changed her life, and she is being lead to walk us through this Bible Study also.

  14. 164
    Cat Lady 2 says:

    Okay, I’m back again! I forgot to mention that I know the women of our church would appreciate any bible studies that would be awarded. The study on Ester sounds really good because on another group we have at our church we talk about the different women of the Bible. Another thing that I’d like to mention is that my friend Shirley will buy the books and that studies with her own money and if someone doesn’t have the money to pay her back, she still gives them a book, welcomes them to the group and NEVER makes anyone feel any different then anyone else.

  15. 165
    Anonymous says:

    If it’s not to late, I would like to nominate
    Berleley Ave Baptist Church
    2813 N Berkeley Ave
    Turlock, CA 95382

    berkeleyave@gmail.com

    They are a very small church just starting out.

  16. 166
    Anonymous says:

    I don’t know if anyone will check this, but my church would be so blessed if there was a church that would loan/donate the Daniel DVD set. We are in Norhtern Illinois. We are a church plant with VERY limited finanical resources. If you can do this please email me at cdmh72@gmail.com – Thanks Dawn

  17. 167
    ginny says:

    In the hope that Living Proof Does this again I would like to nominate my church. WE are small and along with our own church expenses we also send resources to Bishop Robert Makonna in Kenya where he has built a school of ministry. There are only 20 of us so things are tight
    I know this is a late nomination i am hoping there is another church in our area that would consider letting us borrow a bible study kit
    The church is
    281 Broadway
    Albany NY 12204
    Gospel Freedom

  18. 168
    Angel says:

    Wow…I’m sitting here amazed, in tears, in awe. I’m the wife of a Pastor at a small church in Ohio and am totally blown away as I read posts from other women and other churches.
    Beth and everyone at LPM…Wow. Praying God’s blessing upon all that you do, and that God uses all the materials you send out. No need to place our name…there are many who are in need….God always makes a way! I love that about HIM.

  19. 169
    Angel says:

    Actually, there is a church:
    Restoring the Way
    c/o Aaron & Jen Gross
    6210 Brennaman Rd
    Harlingen, TX 78552

    My friends are missionaries to mexico and I know this would make an impact.

  20. 170
    Anonymous says:

    SouthWinds Christian Church
    10850 Quail Roost Drive
    Miami, FL 33189

  21. 171
    Tonya says:

    I would love to nominate New Sandy Creek Baptist Church in Henderson, NC. We have a wonderful lady who started our women’s bible study with one of Beth’s studies. We love Beth Moore and could definitely use any materials that would come our way. God Bless!

    The address is 1699 Weldon’s Mill Road, Henderson, NC 27537

  22. 172
    Anonymous says:

    Second Baptist Church
    711 E. 17th Street
    Odessa, TX 79761

  23. 173
    helenw13 says:

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to bless so many churches and siestas.

    I am hoping this is the correct place to post this request.

    I am part of a group of eight women that are currently doing the Esther study…we have only two weeks left (heavy sigh) we have so loved it and can’t believe each week how it impacts each of us individually and corporately.

    There are three women that could really use assistance in attending the Living Proof Live event in Portland…our hometown!

    We love our group as we are in our 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s…isn’t that cool.

    The one in her 30’s works for her church and her husband had a work related injury and has been out of work for over a year and has just recently found work.

    The one in her 40’s has just returned back to work, has one in college and 3 other children and is helping to raise her 2 year old granddaughter.

    The one in her 70’s is such an example of perseverance under great trials, the loss of a child and another child’s multiple heart attacks and struggles of maintaining their own business.

    It would be such a blessing to allow these women to attend this event in April.

    Thank you!

    Helen Washington
    wassuphelen@yahoo.com

  24. 174
    Jennifer says:

    What an awesome gift to share!

    I would like to nominate Gateway Church. It is a church plant that began April 1, 2007. The women’s ministry is led by Gina Weir.
    Gateway Church
    1276 Lewisburg Pike Suite J
    Franklin, TN 37064

  25. 175
    Burning Fire in My Bones says:

    I’d like to nominate:

    First Baptist Church
    99 Church Street Lowell, MA 01852

    The Northeast could use some Bible preaching with a Southern flair! :)

  26. 176
    Anonymous says:

    I would like to nominate a new church in my town. The contact information is as follows:

    Dove Community Church
    1839 Cline School Road
    Concord NC 28025
    Rev. Faye McRorie, Pastor

  27. 177
    Anonymous says:

    Still Water Chapel
    3550 SR 240
    Ideal, Georgia 31041
    478-949-5842

  28. 178
    Judy says:

    I’d like to nominate
    Set Free Baptist Church
    PO Box 862
    Dahlonega, GA 30533
    Pastor Kenny Rice
    678-725-0813

  29. 179
    DianeC says:

    I would like to nominate the Racetrack Chaplaincy at Delta Downs in Vinton, La. They minister to those that live and work on the backside of the racetrack. Many live in barns and away from family and friends. The women are predominately Spainish.

    SW La. Chaplaincy At Delta Downs
    1711 Stevenson St.
    Vinton, La 70668

    337-842-0852

  30. 180
    Missy says:

    I would like to nominate:
    Ocilla United Methodist Church
    101 Beech Street
    Ocilla, Georgia 31774
    229-468-7511 or 229-468-5561

    Beth, This is an awesome idea, and I will definitely be contributing.

    We are a small farming community and we have been really affected by the economy lately. Many folks have been laid off, a lot of small and large businesses have had to close.
    I teach womens studies and are working to expand a womens ministry in my church and community. I would very much like to teach the study to help buoy up our women and in turn the families in our church and community to keep us uplifted and encouraged through this difficult time.

    Bless you Beth for your ministry and allowing God to use you in such a profound way. You have truly been an inspiration to me every since I was introduced to you years ago. Every since God has called me to women ministry, I have looked at you as a long distance mentor, along with many others that I follow their ministry. I recently went to the ministers spouse retreat in Nashville and enjoyed your teaching and speaking then.
    Thanks again for all you do. God bless you!
    Missy

  31. 181
    Vicki Sandifer says:

    Beth, I went to see a Sunday School member who had a little ttouble with the law and ended up in Poliski State Prision in Hawkingsvill GA yesterday. While there she told me that all the girls in her cell block had enjoyed the Beth Moore stuff I had sent to her. I had just copied and pasted your lessons on TV that are on the web and sent them to her. The Wednesdays with Beth stuff. I was wondering if I could nominate Lillian Michele Flowers to receive the Ester study or the New Breaking Free or whatever. They would be happy with an “old” study. You would know better than me which one to send I am sure! Just a thought. My friend graduated from the “Faith” dorm yesterday and now will go into what they call the General Public of the prision and she has a chance to get into the “Honor” dorm. She asked me to get folks to pray that with her. I told her I would and that what ever God chooses to bloom where she is planted. Pray also for her saftey and for the saftey of the other 19 women who grauated with her. Thanks, Vicki

  32. 182
    Glenda says:

    Beth, The Siestas of my church have asked me to lead one of your studies. We are a new church in the downtown area of our town.
    It is called “Real Life Fellowship”
    reaching people where we are.
    Our Purpose Statement : We exist to exalt God,to equip its members,to help people enter a relationship with Christ, to encourage all and to enjoy time spent together.
    I think I would like to do either Believing God or Jesus The One and Only. We may have 30 members who attend all the time but we seem to be drawing in more of our street families. We really need help doing a Bible Study as there isn’t alot of money for extras at this time . Please consider us.

    Real Life Fellowship
    113 East Main ST.
    Walhalla,SC 29691
    Rev.Chad Forrester

    Love in Christ Glenda

  33. 183
    Mike + Stacey Duncan says:

    Beth,

    I would like to nominate Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center in Denton, Tx. I am the receptionist there and one of the big struggles we have is that we don’t have the resources to purchase some of the supplies we need to serve our clients. We are a crisis pregnancy center, and we offer mentoring and Bible studies to our clients, but a lot of the women who volunteer feel overwhelmed and intimidated to begin to lead a Bible study with a client. I truly believe that if we had a couple of your studies (Breaking Free, perhaps) to use with our clients, our volunteers would feel more equipped and less pressured to be “educated Bible teachers” with our clients. Please consider putting the center in your scholarship fund. Their mailing address is PO Box 610, Denton TX 76202. The phone number is (940) 383-4494. Thanks so much,
    Stacey Duncan

  34. 184
    Dyna says:

    Thank you for this site. It is a blessing both ways. We have a little “siesta” group that meets once a week in rural Utah. We just completed our third Beth Moore study with Daniel (fully anointed) and the “die hards” continue to meet. Last week we took names of women who could “consider” seeing Beth in Larime, WY in May (just to brain storm). Some of the women had seen Beth in Utah, years ago, and are still blessed. Cost for Larime would include travel, for seven hours, motel and the conference. Burdening for a few. So… If anyone has extra tickets they could donate I’m sure that more Utah “siestas” would be able to make the trip… We are so excited and blessed by the way Beth teaches. Just love her!!! Our church is Ephraim Church of the Bible. http://www.ephraimbible.org or you can e-mail me at dynayvonne@gmail.com if you can help. Thanks gals. God is doing big things in Utah! See you in Larime.

  35. 185
    Anonymous says:

    I would like to nominate my church, a new and struggling church plant on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. We recently had to leave the school where we were meeting for lack of funds for rent. We would love to be able to encourage our few women with a dvd study (Believing God would be appropriate for our circumstances! – this is a very unresponsive region!).

    Our pastor is Mike Alford at
    Midcape Church
    55 Highland Drive
    Centerville, MA 02632

  36. 186
    Jan says:

    Hi Bethie,
    I want to nominate a new church that is trying to meet the needs of 20somethings.

    Cross Culture Church for the City PO BOx 777
    Bentonville, AR 72712.

    Pastor Philip Becker

    Thanks, Jan

  37. 187
    Stephanie says:

    Crossroads Church
    15788 Pennsylvania Avenue
    State Line, PA 17263

    We are a growing church who only recently found our “home building” for several years the meeting place was the local theater and then the ballroom of a hotel. We were blessed to find the church we are in now. The Women’s Ministry is beginning to take off but could surely benefit from many resources. At this time we do not own any of our own studies.

  38. 188
    Retta says:

    Is there a way to donate to the funds and say to who you would like to receive the materials…as in a request not a demand? Your discretion I trust…you answer to the Highest power, Beth, as any of us believers do.

  39. 189
    Anonymous says:

    Dear Beth are y’all still doing the Scholarship Fund? I haven’t seen anyone that has received it recently.

  40. 190
    Anonymous says:

    Dear Beth,
    I do not know if you are still doing scholarship’s or not, but I wanted to enter my church. We are a very small church(less that 100 members) in Kingsville, Texas. The women of the church would love to do the Ester study, but we do not have it in our funding to afford is. I am requesting that you include them in your next giveaway. Our name is
    University Baptist Church
    1324 N. Armstrong
    Kingsville, Tx. 78343
    Contact person: Jennifer Wilborn.
    Thank you for your time and your blog. You will never know what your blog means to me.

  41. 191
    Anonymous says:

    ressAre y'all still doing the scholarship funds? I haven't seen anything lately.

  42. 192
    Anonymous says:

    viI do see where some of the Siestas have been able to go one of the LPM
    meetings but I have not seen any offers to donate studies to help some of the churches is that still happening or has the Foundation changed the goal of this ministry?>

  43. 193
    Ck says:

    Wow!
    What a wonderful way to minister to those in need right now.

    Thanks for letting God use you and your resources to help others in this way. God Bless!

    I recommend Liberty Baptist Church in Dalton, GA.

    Their address is: 4443 Tibbs Bridge Rd. SE, Dalton, GA 30721

    And the pastors name is Joel Southerland.

  44. 194
    g-j says:

    hey beth and living proof, there is a mission in northeast houston who ksbj is sponsoring in their community spotlight for the month of october–here is the website–http://www.missionne.org/—they are totally faith based and i am guessing that they could get good use out of your study materials as they change lives…hope this helps…blessings..gj

  45. 195
    Michele - didasko says:

    MamaBeth, I thought of this post the other day when someone commented that they couldn't afford the new book and you told them to call the office.

    When I re-read this post, I saw that it said you divided up the needs and specifically prayed for each one. I appreciate that. I think mine was in there.

    Finances have been on my mind recently because I'm looking at tax stuff and my income from last year. I live alone and have now been unemployed for a year and a half. When I look at these low numbers I am amazed that God made it enough to get by on. Yes, I'm on my austerity budget, but all I can think of is 1Kings17:16 where the jug didn't run dry.

    I got a bit anxious this week because of some big expenses – my dog had some medical problems, my car needs new brakes, and my seminary tuition is due. So this is a good time for a reminder that God has and will continue to provide.

    So thanks for setting up the SSF, for praying for us, and for caring about us.

    Michele M
    Liverpool, NY

  46. 196
    Jill says:

    Gateway Church in Shreveport, LA
    Our church has gone through the ultimate heartache a church can go through over the past months. In one day we went from a vibrant, exciting church of close to 1,000 in attendance to 150-200 in attendance. My husband and I youth pastor here, and can tell you the financial aspect of the church is really hurting. Our women are always going through one of your studies on Wednesday nights, and I lead a study for our teenage girls as well! You are well loved by us! Thank you so much for your obedience to the Lord in the things He's called you to! I was studying the "Stepping Up" study when our church seemingly collapsed, and let me just tell you, that was God's timing! The things God spoke to me through that study CARRIED me! Thanks a million times over!

  47. 197
    Jill says:

    I'm sorry! Forgot to leave the address for Gateway Church.
    8925 Youree Dr.
    Shreveport, LA
    71115

  48. 198
    Jill says:

    Gateway Church in Shreveport, LA
    Our church has gone through the ultimate heartache a church can go through over the past months. In one day we went from a vibrant, exciting church of close to 1,000 in attendance to 150-200 in attendance. My husband and I youth pastor here, and can tell you the financial aspect of the church is really hurting. Our women are always going through one of your studies on Wednesday nights, and I lead a study for our teenage girls as well! You are well loved by us! Thank you so much for your obedience to the Lord in the things He's called you to! I was studying the "Stepping Up" study when our church seemingly collapsed, and let me just tell you, that was God's timing! The things God spoke to me through that study CARRIED me! Thanks a million times over!

  49. 199
    Jill says:

    I'm sorry! Forgot to leave the address for Gateway Church.
    8925 Youree Dr.
    Shreveport, LA
    71115

  50. 200
    Melissa says:

    I would lie to nominate Urban Harvest Ministries located in the Bronx. They minister to the community by teaching the word and going door to door with the good news. This church has been such a blessing to me & my family and could really use the resources.

    Their address is 505 Brook Avenue, Bronx, NY 10455.

    Thanks & God bless.
    Melissa Wilson

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