What does it mean to become a "Partner" with Gary Carpenter Ministries? Paul wrote to the brethren at Philippi,
Phil 1:3-5 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your FELLOWSHIP in the gospel from the first day until now. [Emphasis Mine]
I emphasized the word "fellowship" because the literal translation of the Greek word is PARTNERSHIP! From Strong's Dictionary of New Testament Words we find that the word means … "partnership by participation."
There are several ways that our partners may participate with us in this work of "feeding His lambs without price." The first and foremost way of "participating" with us is through prayer. Paul was imprisoned in Rome when he wrote that letter to his partners at Philippi. Notice how much he depended upon their prayers for him,
Phil 1:19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation [deliverance] THROUGH YOUR PRAYER, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. [Emphasis Mine]
From time to time we send our partners specific prayer requests regarding upcoming meetings, special projects, and so forth. In addition, we ask that our partners pray on a regular basis that we remain pure and single minded in our calling, always abounding in God's wisdom, favor and grace.
If you feel the Lord tugging at your heart to "participate" in the gospel with us through the avenue of prayer, please fill out our Partner Form. It is not necessary to commit to anything other than prayer to become a partner with us. Know that we will be praying for you also, as Paul prayed for his partners.
A second way that our partners may participate with us is through the avenue of financial donations. Every month we send the gospel via thousands of cassette tapes free and postage paid around the world. We never ask for donations because the Lord told us that He, Himself, would speak to the hearts of the people He chose to support both us and the needs of the ministry.
Is the Lord speaking to your heart to help us "feed His lambs without price?" then please fill out our Donation Form. Some might ask, "How will I know if He is speaking to my heart to do so?" The number one way that God speaks to His people is through the inner witness. It is the same place within you where the Holy Spirit prompts you to "forgive" someone or to "pray" for someone. If He is speaking in your heart to participate with us financially, there will come this "desire" within you to do so. His leadership is not a "fleeting" thing. If it is truly Him speaking to your heart, the desire will grow and grow until you no longer have any doubt that He is prompting you to do so. All we ask is … "Whatever He says to you … do it!" (John 2:5)
One note of caution for those desiring to make contributions using their credit card. Please, do not go into debt in order to send a donation. The credit card service is for your convenience only. It is especially helpful for those wonderful overseas friends and partners of ours who want to participate financially in the work of the ministry.
There have been a few preachers that have taken "sowing a seed to meet your need" to the extreme of recommending that you should do so even if you have to go into debt in order to give! I have found no such principle in the bible. What I have found is:
2 Cor 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.
In plain English, God knows that in your heart you would like to give more than what you may "have" to give at this moment. He knows your heart AND He also knows what you actually have to give. He accepts your gift according to what you have … not according to what you don't have. Therefore, it is foolishness to think you should go into debt in order to give an "acceptable" offering.
As for Sue and I, we thank God for His faithfulness in speaking to the hearts of the people to support the work of this ministry. We also thank each and every one of you who not only recognize His speaking in your heart to give, but who are also obedient to do so. Our prayer for you is that you receive God's Abounding Grace in every area of your lives.
Gary & Sue Carpenter