On Priorities

I have been a long time fan of the Humane Society, having adopted several pets from shelters throughout my adult life. But I have hit a bit of a snag, not with the Humane Society per se, I do believe in the work they do. The snag comes in how a particular recent event demonstrates the social and economic imbalance of the world in which we live.

The Atlanta Humane Society opened its new Mansell Campus recently in the Roswell / Alpharetta area. It is housed in a car dealership building, valued at $6 million, that was donated. An additional $2 million was spent renovating the space. The overall price tag of $8 million is where I hit the snag.

I serve on the board of Life Light Ministries (lifelightinc.com), an indigenous Christian mission in Aurangabad, India. They house eighty orphans, operate two Christian schools, and conduct a multitude of outreach ministries including the support of nine pastors and church plants. Last year, Life Light’s entire budget was $100,000.

If $8 million can be spent on rescuing and adopting out cats and dogs, how much more could have been accomplished through ministries like Life Light? If $8 million were placed in an endowment for Life Light, it would easily produce $350,000 to $400,000 annually and cover all the operating, capital, and growth needs of the ministry…forever.

I am trying to raise funds to travel to India to help Life Light with organizational and staff development. They also have about 30 children right now in need of $35 / month support. I have established a campaign at http://www.indiegogo.com/Indigenous-Indian-Mission-Assistance to raise the immediate travel funds. Would you prayerfully consider supporting Life Light Ministries?

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