Financial Matters

family-picture-b-and-w4We praise God for the people He has led to partner with us financially to fulfill His vision in Northern Virginia. It is through the generosity of many that we are able to remain fully focused on establishing new relationships and God’s work.

If you haven’t already, we are asking you to take a step of faith with us this year by partnering financially in God’s vision of establishing a new church that is committed to restoring people to God and others while unleashing generosity and empowering people to serve people.

All gifts are tax deductible.  To become a financial partner, fill out the enclosed “Respond” card, and follow it’s instructions to give your first months contribution. Or, you can give online at http://novaplant.chipin.com/nova-new-church-and-community-based-organization. If you have any additional questions, please email (ronklabunde@gmail) or call Ron (703-439-4858).

Thank you  in advance  for making our ministry to the spiritually lost a  financial priority.

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True Story

cfboxCindy sat down with her three young children to eat the last of the food in their home – a box of noodles. There was no milk and cereal for the morning, no lunch to send to school with the kids, no mid-day food for a snack – this was it. Before eating Cindy prayed, “God, will you please provide us with our next meal.” Half way through this final meal, there was a knock at the door and the answer to her prayer. Two of Enrich NOVA’s team members were there to encourage her family and drop off a week of meals.

This is what it means to unleash the generosity of God!

The Unfolding Story – Lana

need-to-be-neededI was in the middle of preparations to provide a week of meals to over 100 under resourced families when Lana called. She was soft spoken and reserved. It took a few moments to figure out she needed a week of meals. As I was explaining the delivery process, it dawned on me – she might be willing to help us deliver meals. When I offered this opportunity, I was caught off guard by her overwhelming enthusiasm. It was a pleasure to meet Lana when she showed up with over 70 other team members to deliver food.

Lana taught me a great lesson – we all have the intrinsic need to be needed. Her need was met by serving others while being served. We are starting Enrich NOVA and Restore Community Church for Lana and all of us who have the need to be needed.

What are people saying?

meal-deliveries-croppedOver a week of meals have been delivered, by over 70 volunteers, to over 100 under resourced families. Even more amazing, all of these families, but one, were home to receive their meals. The excitement of our delivery team members was amazing. Each came with a “whatever it takes” attitude, and in doing so, unleashed generosity into Sterling and the surrounding areas. To set up this service initiative, we contacted seven schools that went overboard to identify families with need and even helped us through some language barriers.

The stories coming in from our contact schools and our team members are amazing. Here’s what’s being said…

“I am the Parent Liaison at Meadowland Elementary School in Sterling. Soon after your delivering food for our families, I received phone calls of gratitude. I want to share how appreciative our families were to receive this great amount of food and I’m sure they told your team members as well! Thank you for offering this service!”

“Seeing and hearing how many people came to help with the community food initiative showed me the impact of what you are doing. If I want to plant a church, I need to follow the example of what you are doing. Thanks for being that role model!”

“Thanks again for allowing me to be a part of this act of generosity. I had a wonderful time. The first family I went to, the grandmother answered the door. She was very happy to see me. She told me she was watching all 4 children while the mother was working. I know she appreciated the donation very much. The kids even came up to the door and hugged me. The next family was quite similar. This time though the mother was home, and again, nothing but joy and appreciation. Even though it was difficult to communicate some of my sentiments because of the language barrier, they understood very clearly that I was from Enrich Nova and this was a demonstration of God’s love for them. Thanks again for letting me share in the joy of giving to those clearly in need.”

“Thank you so much for providing these meals to my family and me. I don’t know how I will be able to repay you.”

“Thanks so much for the opportunity to get involved. We had a wonderful experience and the family we delivered to was very sweet, several adorable young children who gave us tons of hugs when we left!! With Christmas being right around the corner, we’re ready for our next assignment. Please let us know if there is anything else on the schedule or any area where we might be able to help out. Thanks again!!”

“I have to say that the kids and I had a wonderful time. I know that sounds strange since we were going to needy families to deliver food, however, it was a great experience for myself and the kids. They were so positive and helpful to the families and the families were so warm and inviting. We would love to help out in the future if you need us. What you are doing in this area is exactly what we needed. And it is a great way to get the middle and high school kids out doing community service. Take care and thank you for your dedication!”

“I learned that even in Northern Virginia we have families struggling to make ends meet on a daily basis. I pray those we interacted with today find hope in experiencing giving with no strings attached in a world of full of greed. Thanks for this opportunity.”

Meeting Intrinsic Needs

serving-handsOne of the greatest intrinsic needs of people is to be needed. This is why Lana is more excited to serve with us than she is to receive from us. It is why when I asked a homeless man in our community what he needs, he told me, “My greatest need is to be needed.”

In John 10:10, Jesus states, “I have come to give you life and life to the full.” I believe a key component of life to the full is meeting the needs of others – regardless of what we do or do not have. In fact, Paul states that we are to keep our spiritual excitement serving God – Romans 12:11. This leads me to the conclusion that one of the best ways to disciple others is to lead them to serve others out of their spiritual gifts. Service is a dynamic classroom for spiritual growth.