How can this happen?

Usually, people mutter this question when things are going wrong. I’ve been thinking about it the past few days as I reflect upon The 25 Group and how (so far) it’s going right.

It happens when a young couple working in New York City decide that they want to see the hungry fed and the sick given comfort. They sign on for $25/month and set their donation to automatically come out of their checking account.

It happens when people take three minutes, two clicks, and one dollar and join an online community committed to transforming generosity together. A dollar doesn’t seem like much when one person gives a dollar, but when hundreds of people give a buck, it adds up.

It happens when a housewife in Missouri takes a Christmas gift and selflessly gives it to a cause they believe in–one where imprisoned people will be loved and where people who need a drink will have their thirst quenched.

It happens when people of above average means leverage their wealth to fund global Kingdom work, writing a check for a thousand dollars or more. When folks who have much realize that it’s a good thing to share, stuff like this happens.

It happens when a college kid sends $85 to add to the pile of $1, $5, $10, $25, $100, $500, and $1000+ donations that are accumulating in a checking account, waiting to be wired to ministries around the world.

In a month and a few days, The 25 Group has cracked the $10,000 mark. In fact, our first month’s newsletter was out of date right after we sent it, because we received hundreds more dollars in the first few days of February. Even though we’re still in our infancy as a nonprofit organization, we have enough money in the bank already to buy the year’s worth of vitamins in the Dominican Republic and drill the clean water well in India. We’ll be cutting checks soon to do just that. Imagine what we can do as we grow.

How can this happen?

It can happen because folks like you catch the vision that normal people like us can put a dent in the tragic stories of unnecessary hunger, life-snatching diseases, and hope-stealing captivity. It can happen because you are The 25 Group, and your generosity is transforming lives. It can happen because Jesus said that whatever we do for the least of these, we do for Him, and there are a bunch of people who are taking Him at His word and doing some stuff.


Thanks for joining with us from the start. If you haven’t jumped on board yet, we’d love to have you along for this exciting ride. You can find out more about our organization here, and you can give a gift here.

How this can happen is a great question with an inspiring answer. I’m thankful it is happening, and I’m grateful for each of you.

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