Introduction to Five Mobilization Questions

By and large, surveyed denominational church leaders generally responded positively to the idea that church members in the United States should increase giving through their churches in an effort to stop, in Jesus' name, the millions of annual preventable global child deaths.

In accord with an initial report in the Washington Post, The British Lancet Medical Journal series has established that it is possible to prevent the deaths, each year, of well over 5 million children under five years of age for about $5 billion a year.

An additional $156 billion would be available if Americans affiliated with historically Christian churches tithe.  The enormous potential of the historically Christian church in America has not yet been challenged with exciting options.  Rather, as reported in the fall of 2005, for each dollar donated to a congregation, denominations spent 2¢ on overseas missions in 2003.

Five Mobilization Questions

Question 1: What Are the Wealthy Donor Dollar Amounts?

Question 2: Who Is the Wealthy Donor Mobilizer?

Question 3: Where Is the Mobilization Situated Organizationally?

Question 4: Who Provides the Country-by-Country Analysis?

Question 5: Who Runs the Blog?

Question 1: What Are the Wealthy Donor Dollar Amounts?

Historically Christian denominational church leaders have not yet taken the initiative to mobilize to help, in Jesus' name, stop global child deaths.

To break the logjam of church inertia and deal with the vacuum of leadership in the church, wealthy Christian donors could provide $1.5 billion a year in matching funds that could encourage historically Christian churches to increase giving, possibly through their denominational agencies, to help, in Jesus' name, prevent global child deaths.

Were this approach to be taken, what goal would be best or most feasible in mobilizing wealthy Christian donors to provide $1.5 billion a year in matching funds:

a.          10 gifts averaging $150,000,000 each?

b.         100 gifts averaging $15,000,000 each?

c.          1,000 gifts averaging $1,500,000 each?

d.         10,000 gifts averaging $150,000 each?

e.          Other?

Your ideas are welcome at ideas@emptytomb.org.  Thank you for your interest.

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Question 2: Who Is the Wealthy Donor Mobilizer?

With regard to enrolling wealthy Christian donors to provide $1.5 billion a year in matching funds to help, in Jesus' name, stop global child deaths, who would be a good, historically Christian candidate to serve as:

a.          A wealthy Christian donor who would serve as mobilizer?

b.         A wealthy Christian donor who would make a lead gift, but would not carry
  primary mobilizer responsibilities?

c.          A non-wealthy Christian organizer who would be well suited to mobilize wealthy
  Christian donors of matching funds?

Your ideas are welcome at ideas@emptytomb.org.  Thank you for your interest.

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Question 3: Where Is the Mobilization Situated Organizationally?

Where should a nationwide church initiative to help, in Jesus' name, stop global child deaths be situated organizationally?  Following are some historically Christian organizational possibilities that come to mind.

a.          One or more of the Big Three historically Christian denominations in America:

1.         Roman Catholic Church?

2.         Southern Baptist Convention?

3.         United Methodist Church?

b.         Christian Churches Together?

c.         Christian Foundation Center of America?

d.         Church World Service?

e.         The Gathering?

f.          Generous Giving?

g.         Global Pastors Network?

h.         Mountain Movers International?

i.          National Association of Evangelicals?

j.          National Christian Foundation?

k.         National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.?

l.          Pinnacle Forum?

m.       Promise Keepers?

n.         Rick Warren's Saddleback Church P.E.A.C.E. Plan?

o.         World Council of Churches?

p.         World Evangelical Alliance?

q.         World Relief?

r.         Other?

Your ideas are welcome at ideas@emptytomb.org.  Thank you for your interest.

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Question 4: Who Provides the Country-by-Country Analysis?

The Lancet Medical Journal points to the need for country specific information as noted in the Summary of Where and Why Are 10 Million Children Dying Every Year?: "The causes of death differ substantially from one country to another, highlighting the need to expand understanding of child health epidemiology at a country level rather than in geopolitical regions."  What Christian organization has the capability for, and interest in, researching, organizing, and presenting a country-by-country analysis of projects that could be funded to prevent child deaths, in a format that is user-friendly for denominations and local churches?  Following are some historically Christian organizational possibilities that come to mind.

a.          Association of Christian Economists?

b.         Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological
  Seminary, South Hamilton, MA, home of the World Christian Database?

c.          Christian Medical and Dental Associations?

d.         Council for Christian Colleges and Universities?

e.         International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities?

f.         International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities?

g.         Mission Aviation Fellowship Operation ACCESS!

h.          Other?

Your ideas are welcome at ideas@emptytomb.org.  Thank you for your interest.

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Question 5: Who Runs the Blog?

Who has the interest, time, and technical know-how to begin a blog on this matter of historically Christian denominations, and their related local churches, mobilizing to increase giving through churches in an effort to help stop, in Jesus' name, the millions of preventable global child deaths occurring each year?

Your ideas are welcome at ideas@emptytomb.org.  Thank you for your interest.

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Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV): Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen.

In Christ's service,

John and Sylvia Ronsvalle

empty tomb, inc.

posted 3:20 PM  March 30, 2006

updated 10:41 AM  July 24, 2006