Odds are that you haven't gotten where you are today without help; the help of a father, mother, teacher or friend. God brought someone to you or a family to pick you up when you were in need. There are some people in society that need help from us to reach out a hand and pick them up too. By the Lord's grace, He's given us Cumberland Hope to be a lifeline to many people who society has forgotten and written off.
Like many Christian non-profits, Cumberland Hope depends on God's provision of contributions through the believing community in Christ. We work with our hands in employment, or are retired, and give out of our need in support of Cumberland Hope. We are not fundraising with newsletters or petitions, but concerned individuals and families are welcome at anytime to partner with us from outside the local community to fund Cumberland Hope.
When giving takes place, Cumberland Hope exists solely for benevolence. 100% of all contributions will be directly used for the needs of those whom we are ministering to and support strategies we believe the Lord is showing us to help individuals and families struggling in poverty. We endeavor to follow Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6:1-4, as well as the early Apostles model in regards to giving to the poor.
There are no administrative or operating costs to Cumberland Hope. We believe it is unnecessary to fund the market of a label, building/vehicle costs, programs, or pay salaries to professionals, in order to take our part in fulfilling what Jesus called His Church to do in the Great Commission of making disciples. Any other costs will be funded from our own earnings.
When contributions are received, funds are delegated to people’s needs by the consensual decision of the believing community seeking the Lord’s guidance for providing the best type of support to those whom are families are extending too. Most gifts are not long-term in order to avoid creating a culture of dependency, avoid eroding work ethic or personal initiative to find work, avoid embarrassment, or avoid developing dysfunctional needs-based relationships (i.e. elite superior giver to the inferior receiver). Rather, giving is a means of encouragement and empowerment from the community of believers in Christ to support those struggling in poverty toward personal initiative to meet their own needs from working with their hands. We extend our family in support alongside and trust God for His provision.
Some gifts may be more long-term depending upon the situation where extended relief would be necessary (i.e. people with permanent disabilities or inability to work, single mothers working but unable to make ends meet, victims of abuse, the mentally-ill, and victims of natural disasters, etc.).
HOW CAN I MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Being family to someone might look like helping a single mother, whose gas was just shut off in the dead of winter and has no food. We invite her over for meal, extend our family to her, pay for the gas bill, and send her home with groceries, resulting in a renewed sense of hope and new friends in her journey. Another means of help might look like helping a widow with home cleaning/repairs and sitting regularly, having a meal or coffee together. Our children’s friends tell us how their working mom doesn't have enough food until the next check comes, and so we may send extra food in their bag to give to their friend. In another case, a recently divorced mother whose husband just left her, looks for work and needs gas in the car to help get to an employment agency and help navigating the system of applying and getting hired.
These are real people who are struggling in poverty, and are just a few of the examples of folks we encounter in need of a supportive family in Christ to journey alongside, and pour out His Life and Love to them.
Thank you for entrusting us with your gifts.
Your Servants in Christ,
The Church in Sparta
DONATE BY CHECK
Makes checks out to "Cumberland Hope" and send contributions to:
679 Woodlawn Dr
Sparta, TN 38583
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Cumberland Hope, Inc is a 501(c)(3) Christian non-profit registered with the IRS. No goods or services were exchanged or promised for any gifts. For Federal tax purposes, the entire donation is tax-deductible.