Thursday, March 18, 2010

Self Denial Appeal 2010

The Salvation Army Self Denial Appeal 2010 is coming up very soon. For the Australia Southern Territory, the altar Sunday is March 28th. Will you be ready with a sacrificial offering?

In the 2009 Salvation Army yearbook, there are some stats for Self-Denial Contributions (2007-2008).
Here are some of the Self-Denial Contributions 07'-08':
* Australia Eastern -      £ 296,015
* Australia Southern -    £ 375,334
* Canada & Bermuda - £ 974,530
* United Kingdom -     £ 1,517,704
* USA Central -          £ 1,953,748
* USA Eastern -          £ 1,898,918
* USA Southern -        £ 2,197,840
* USA Western -        £ 1,391,226

Kenya gave £ 31,541 in Self-Denial and then received £ 470,658
PNG & the Philippines both received about £ 300,000 for Self-Denial

Why not increase our Self-Denial Appeal efforts in 2010?

I have a personal goal in mind, and am really unsure how I will reach it, though I believe in faith that God will allow us to give what we have been praying for. What about you? Are you going to give generously?

Also, did you know that when you ask for a TAX Deductible receipt, the money is then held up, because of the beuracratic red tape that only allows money to be distributed according to government regulations on TAX deduction. A non TAX deductible receipts allows The Salvation Army to use the funds for either evangelism, supporting local Salvation Army Officers, programs, food, shelter, etc.

I challenge Salvationists to give without wanting anything back. That is: self-denial.

1 comment:

  1. Unless things are different this year, there are two alternatives when making your OWSOMS donation - funds for aid work or funds for evangelistic/church purposes. You can choose one of these options or both, apportioning the donation between the two. I always put down 100% for aid work (the tax-deductible part) because that is to provide the material assistance that these people need. The non-tax deductible portion is for the Salvation Army to build churches and to spend on whatever they see fit.

    I want to do the greatest good, which is in direct aid that assists people, not to help the Army in it's preaching efforts. You state that the funds given on the non-deductible may be used for food and shelter, however by giving in the other form there is at least some form of regulation on how the money is spent.

    The other issue is that the tax-deductibility makes it more likely that people will give more. That is certainly true in my case - knowing that I will be saving on tax puts me in a better position to give more than I would otherwise have done.


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