Champaign, IL (PRWEB) May 01, 2013
empty tomb, inc. has announced it is seeking feedback from Christians across the U.S. The nonprofit organization is asking Christians to help identify the church leader(s) who can mobilize 100 million Christians to donate an additional $50 in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The donations would go through each Christian’s own church delivery channel for the specific purpose of helping to prevent the deaths of up to 2.9 million children under the age of 5 around the world.
According to empty tomb, experts indicate that the solutions for preventing these deaths are available. The additional money donated by Christians would allow the solutions to reach the children in Jesus’ name through established church structures.
empty tomb is inviting Christians to provide feedback through email in order to help identify the church leader(s) who could mobilize Christians to donate this money to the many established church structures. These church structures can then expand their work to help more children around the globe.
According to an empty tomb spokesperson, “Many good programs are going on now. But they’re not operating at a scale to meet the whole need. Too many children are still dying. We don’t have to feel overwhelmed by that fact. Instead, we can get organized. A first step is to identify one or more church leaders who can inspire a broad group of Christians from many different traditions in the U.S. to increase their donations to their own church delivery channels for the specific purpose of preventing more child deaths.”
empty tomb is inviting Christians to email the name of one or more Christian leaders to the organization by Friday, May 31, 2013. The name of the leader(s) should be typed in the Subject line. Each email can include one, two, or up to three names, separated by commas.
Emails should be sent to ideas(at)emptytomb(dot)org.
Note: empty tomb, inc. is not collecting funds for this mobilization initiative. No money should be sent to empty tomb for this purpose.
The deadline for the emails to help identify the church leader(s) is May 31, 2013.
empty tomb then plans to tally the feedback received through the emails.
Historically Christian church leaders will be notified that Christians have identified them as a leader who could inspire a national movement of Christians donating $50 through their own church delivery channels to reduce child deaths in Jesus’ name.
The plan is to post results of the feedback on the empty tomb Web site at http://www.emptytomb.org/leadershelpchildren after May 31, 2013.
The empty tomb spokesperson emphasized that Christians who want to help identify the church leader to mobilize this effort to help prevent, in Jesus’ name, up to 2.9 million child deaths, are invited to email empty tomb by May 31, 2013, at ideas(at)emptytomb(dot)org. The name of up to three leaders can be typed in the Subject line, separated by commas.
empty tomb offered the following supporting facts for the idea that this increased giving by Christians in the U.S. can help prevent these global child deaths. More details are available at http://www.emptytomb.org/leadershelpchildren.
-Fact 1: There are an estimated 150 million members of historically Christian churches in the U.S. Belonging to a church is one of the larger identity groups in America, if not the largest.
-Fact 2: Church members’ congregations have connections to international mission channels already in place that are helping children. These channels of the institutional church in its various forms are underfunded and under-supported.
-Fact 3: If 100 million Christians in the U.S. wanted to reduce the number of children who are under age 5 who are dying each day from preventable causes, they could. They could do it by giving $50 through their own trusted church structures to help the children.
-Fact 4: A gift of $50 a year from each of 100 million church members would provide the amount needed to reduce these child deaths by as many as 2.9 million.
-Fact 5: At $50 per Christian, almost any church member in the U.S. could afford to help, if he or she wanted to do so.
-Fact 6: The causes of under-5 child deaths are known for the 74 countries where 96 percent of these deaths occur. Low-cost treatment remedies are available to prevent many of these deaths.
-Fact 7: Most of the world’s governments have said it would be good to reduce the rate of child deaths by 2015. However, these government efforts are behind schedule and evidence suggests that their goal will not be met at the current rate of progress.
-Fact 8: Jesus Christ paid special attention to children (Matthew 19:14, Mark 9:37, Matthew 18:10). Jesus spoke to his disciples as the people who should do God’s will on earth. Today’s church members are Jesus’ disciples.
-Fact 9: There are 13 countries making no progress on reducing the number of children under age five who are dying in those nations. In nine of these countries, an average of 83 percent of the population identifies as Christian. The apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10). We should help all children, including those whose parents claim the name of Jesus.
-Fact 10: At $50 a year per Christian, the problem is not a matter of money - - church people in the U.S. can afford $50 a year to reduce the number of child deaths around the world by the end of 2015. The problem is a matter of organization - - starting a movement to challenge church people to give an additional $50 a year through their own church channels to help, in Jesus’ name, reduce the number of children under 5 who are dying around the globe.
The feedback emails should be sent to empty tomb, inc., by May 31, 2013. The goal is to identify what church leader could inspire 100 million Christians to help Jesus love more of the little children of the world by donating $50 more through their own church distribution channels. Emails should be sent to ideas(at)emptytomb(dot)org, with the name of up to three leaders typed in the Subject line, separated by commas.