Mercy Ships Fund Raiser

From May 15, 2017 through June 30, 2017, 75% of the profits realized from the sale of Betting on Jesus eBooks and paperbacks will be donated to Mercy Ships.  We need your help to make this project a success, and you will find my sales pitch to you at the bottom of this post.  This is one of the most incredible organizations on planet earth in my opinion, and worthy of our support.  I have examined their financial statements – more as a formality than for any other reason – and see nothing even remotely suspect in the numbers.

The men and women who work on the Mercy Ship donate their own time – and in many cases their whole lives – to healing the most unimaginable maladies, maladies those of us in developed countries can’t even comprehend.  The fact that these 3rd world countries live as they do is a testament to the lack of empathy that exists in our world today.  By contrast, the care givers we see in this video reflect what is the very best we can hope for from mankind.  If this video doesn’t move you I can’t imagine what would. Watch the video and then read on as there are some additional points I want to make.

In 2015, the Mercy Ship tax return shows a total of just $66,416,311 in contributions and grants.  For those who are interested in viewing their tax return click here.    To put that in perspective, consider the increase in the amount of money these 3 men made in a matter of weeks in 2017:

The headlines tell the story.  Bill Gates isn’t included in the list as I couldn’t find a credible article to refer to that shows his gains in 2017.  That said, he is still the richest of them all with an estimated net worth of $86 billion.

I admit that I have an issue with this sort of thing.  I am all for capitalism, but that isn’t what we see in America (or the world for that matter) today.  The correct word for it is plutocracy.  That, however, needs to be discussed on another day.

Still, there is simply no way this is justifiable – no way at all.  5 billion out of about 7 billion people in the world don’t have access to surgical care.  Some of these people live on just $2 a day, and we complain about Obama Care.  I’m not inclined to change places with these people, but I can sure empathize with them, and I can feel more than my share of guilt for not doing what I can to help.

The harsh truth of the matter is this – we obviously can’t depend on the worlds richest to deal with this problem.  If it bothered them in the least it wouldn’t be a problem as they certainly could solve it in short order.  If it takes $66 million to operate just one Mercy Ship, Mark Zuckerberg’s $5 plus billion that he made in the first part of 2017 would fund 75 more of these mercy ships for a year.

For whats it’s worth – in the big picture scheme of things we should give consideration to what Jesus said about the “widow’s offering.”

A poor widow’s offering

Looking up, Jesus saw rich people throwing their gifts into the collection box for the temple treasury.  He also saw a poor widow throw in two small copper coins worth a penny.  He said, “I assure you that this poor widow has put in more than them all.  All of them are giving out of their spare change. But she from her hopeless poverty has given everything she had to live on.”

God’s accounting records will surely not fit the generally accepted accounting principles we go by today, so keep that in mind.  Just $20 pledged to such a worthy cause as the Mercy Ship will count in God’s ledger book for most of us.

And, my own goal is to give away as many Betting on Jesus copies as I can.  I think that too will reflect well in God’s ledger come Judgement Day.  So, my hope is that you decide to buy 10, 20 or even 50 books, and if you can’t come up with the names of people you want to gift them to I will help.  I have a goal of sending a copy of Betting on Jesus to the pastors of all the churches in the U.S., but it is certainly not within my capacity to do that by myself – I will need your help.