Three years ago, we raised almost $50,000 to re-build Calvary Baptist Church in Belize, and teams from PCC have been down there multiple times to help them complete the project.
Saturday, March 13, the day before we had our first service, a band group from Powhatan High School practiced in our new building auditorium. They had a last-minute cancellation on the facility they were going to use and asked if they could use ours.
Before we had our own building, we build another church theirs.
Before we used our own building, we let someone else use ours.
We are not a perfect church. But we do this exceptionally well. We give to those outside ourselves. We put the needs of others above our own. This is what the Bible teaches. It reminds me of the story of the Macedonian churches:
2 Corinthians 8:1-4 (NIV) And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.
I'm so glad that I'm a part of a church which considers others first.