Giving as Worship: A Visit With a CRM Champion

21 Mar

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CRM is a missions organization, but it is not just made up of missionaries. CRM only exists because of dynamic partnerships between missionaries and ministry partners. The people who get behind what God is doing through CRM and become champions of the ministry make a huge impact on us and on the world.

So we found ourselves asking, Why do they do it? What does it mean to them to be connected to us? Our partner development director, Mark, sat down at a recent conference to ask one champion to answer those questions. Here’s what she had to say.

Mark: How did you get involved with CRM?

Heather: I knew some kids in our youth group who were youth group leaders. They ended up marrying each other and going to Cambodia with CRM, and I had the opportunity to support them. All I knew about CRM was that they were a missionary group, and I had friends that were going with them.

Fast forward six or seven years. I had a meeting with someone who I’ve had many business dealings with. He asked, “What’s been going on with you?”

I told him my sons had both just gotten married and moved away to other cities, and I was an empty nester. I was praying, “What’s next, God? Show me what you want me to do.” This was going to be my year of saying “yes”. If God asked me to do something or someone brought something to me, I was going to know that that was God’s leading.

Tim said, “That’s interesting.”

The next day he called me and said, “Have you ever heard of a group called CRM?”

I told him about the kids I was supporting. “How do you know them?” I asked.

He said, “Well, I’m the chairman of the board, and we’re looking for more board members. Would you consider serving on the board?”

“Oh, my goodness,” I said. “I don’t know anything about that and have never done that before.” But then I remembered the Lord was telling me to say yes. So I did.

Mark: So you’ve been on the board, you’ve been to multiple conferences, and recently been in the Women’s spiritual authority cohort. Why have you been so involved?

Heather: Every time I am involved with anything with CRM, I come away so challenged, and presented with opportunities that are exciting! I see possibilities, and I see people living out their passions. It’s contagious! Being involved with CRM means being around people who are at the top of their game and who are not afraid to follow God wherever he might lead them.

One thing that keeps bringing me back to engage with CRM is making the supernatural a normal part of life. I was brought up in a conservative church and was taught that the supernatural is not for today—and I was very comfortable in that. But, hearing stories of the moving of the Holy Spirit, I discerned that this is real, this is right, and this is God. I’m grateful for that.

Mark: Heather, I know God’s been speaking to you about stewardship and resources the last few years. Would you mind telling us a little about that journey?

Heather: I’ve always understood the call to give and I’ve always understood that it’s a trust relationship with God. Recently, God has impressed on me how giving is such an essential part of my worship of him. This is how it came about.

Everything is so automated and easy online now. You can just tick a little box and give a certain amount of money to an organization every month. Just click the box and you don't have to think about it after that! Automatic giving was easy, but the result was that I was losing touch with the component of giving that was worship.

I want to be intentional, and actually feel myself writing the check. It is so exciting to me to be engaged with God and try to be open and listening to him: “Where do you want me to help, God? You’ve blessed me, how can I bless others? What do you want me to do?” Then, when I hear of a need—I am able and ready, and God tells me, “There it is!”—it's very exciting to me. And very worshipful. I just love when he does that!

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