Many of God’s people have been entrusted with much, and Jesus said “To whom much is given much will be required” (Luke 12:48). We are all accountable to use what belongs to God, which He has entrusted to us, to help the needy for their good and His glory. All this is also for our good, since Jesus said “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving” (Acts 20:35, GNT).
Here’s a story that I hope will inspire athletes, business people, and others to whom God has entrusted much (and which ultimately belongs to Him!). Without a doubt, God will bless people who act in accord with what we see in this story. By God’s grace, may more of His people step forward and give to Him and to others what will bring Him the greatest glory, others the greatest help, and all givers the greatest joy!
Major League Baseball star pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife are giving away their $9.75 million Missouri mansion and land to a Christian camp for children with special needs and chronic illnesses.
Camp Barnabas has two locations in the Ozarks and notes in its values that “Christ comes first always” and staffers “point people to Christ in everything we do.”
The organization doesn’t just serve kids with special needs but also serves campers’ siblings and parents, as well as missionaries.
Hamels — who’s pitched for the Texas Rangers since 2015 after starting his career with the Philadelphia Phillies — said the work of Camp Barnabas “really pulled on our heartstrings,” the camp noted. “Seeing the faces, hearing the laughter, reading the stories of the kids they serve — there is truly nothing like it … we felt called to help them in a big way.”
Here’s a video showing the touching work of Camp Barnabas.
Top photo: Camp Barnabas | Cole Hamels photo: Wikimedia Commons
Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries.