Three Rivers Baptist: Benevolence Request
First of all, we the people of Three Rivers Baptist would like for you to know that we are truly honored that you have come to us in this difficult time. We know that finding the courage to seek out help can be difficult, and we are thankful that you consider this particular church body worthy of your trust and confidence, especially in this sensitive personal matter. We sincerely hope that we will be able to find a way to minister to you in the name of Jesus Christ. We would like to assure you that we will do our best to respond to your needs in a timely and God honoring way. Our desire is that throughout this process Christ’s love will be clearly manifested.
As you may know, having love for our brothers is one of the preeminent themes throughout the scriptures. In the words of Jesus Himself: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matt. 22:37-39 (NIV)
Three Rivers endeavors to corporately demonstrate God’s love through acts of kindness, mercy and benevolence, as we are able to come to the aid of those who are in true need and who are biblically qualified. Thankfully, the bible does not simply state that we are to “love”, but also gives us clear guidance with respect to how we are to love. We know through scripture that responding to a particular need in a specific way could be “loving” one person but, if applied in the same way to another, it could actually be harmful due to their own specific situations or conditions. Each need must be assessed individually to determine how God would have us responsibly “love” our neighbor.
Additionally, we believe that God has called us to be good stewards of all that He has given us, both individually and corporately. We take this stewardship very seriously, desiring that all that is brought into “the store house” would be invested where there will be a “yield” (not financially, but spiritually). There are obviously more valid needs around us than this local church body could possibly address. Even so, we have been entrusted with certain resources, and it is our solemn responsibility to take whatever actions are necessary to ensure, in so much as we are able, that these resources are being invested wisely and in accordance with God’s revealed priorities.
For these reasons, we have developed the attached application. It serves the purpose of assisting our Benevolence Fund Team in the assessment of your request by allowing them to have fuller insight into not only the immediate need, but also the environment in which the need has arisen. Having this broader picture allows our team to more intelligently consider your request and to develop possible alternatives and/or combinations of assistance that they might recommend. Only by having a relatively through understanding of the situation are we able to demonstrate true “love” to you by doing what we prayerfully consider is best for you, while at the same time, honoring God by carefully responding in accordance with His precepts.
Thank you again for sharing your need with us. We are anxious to see how God may choose to work in your life, as well as in ours, as we together seek out His will in this matter.
The TRB benevolence ministry is intended to provide assistance to both church members and to others in our community who find themselves in significant financial need, and who have no other legitimate means of meeting those needs. Our benevolence team will adhere to the following policy:
• Financial assistance requests for those permanently residing in ZIP codes 29212 or 29063 will be accepted for consideration. Our primary channel of communication of benevolence requests is handled through the school system's social workers, and therefore, special prioritization of requests generated by social workers serving Richland/Lexington School District 5 will be given. Social workers serving Richland/Lexington School District 5 have been provided with TRB’s Standard Assistance Request Forms. Upon becoming aware of what they consider to be legitimate urgent needs, the social worker will supply our request form to eligible families.
• The benevolence request form must be filled out in its entirety.
• Individuals or families may request benevolence once per calendar year. If a request is made in less than one calendar year, the request will undergo special review.
Benevolence Form | Contact
Three River Baptist's Benevolence Form can be downloaded here:
Once the form is filled out in it's entirety, it can be emailed to our team by clicking the button below:
If you would like to receive further information concerning financial assistance through Three Rivers Baptist's benevolence program, or have additional question, please fill out the information below and a member of our team will be in contact.