This year, Johnson University Tennessee students gave $9,855 to help extend the kingdom of God in Ethiopia. This offering, which far exceeded those in recent years, resulted from students focusing primary attention on giving as a worshipful response to God.
Tate Abernathy, president of Harvesters (JUTN’s student missions group), shared that he wanted to shift the student offering focus “from need based giving to spiritual formation based giving. The reason for giving then moves from a financial transaction to a spiritual transaction. Giving becomes an opportunity for us to grow in our relationship with God. Giving is an act of worship; where we spend our money demonstrates where our heart is, so we want the quality and thoughtfulness of our giving to demonstrate an undivided devotion to God.”
The student offering was given to JUTN alumnus Nick Dunn and his wife Amanda who serve in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Last year they started a ministry for women at risk called Hareg House.
It is encouraging to see Johnson students growing in their relationship with God and understanding that our desire to worship and serve Him encompasses every area of our lives, including finances.