Great Works, on Nickle and Dime Offerings

14 Oct

Great Works, on Nickle and Dime Offerings


This post was written by Sheila Scorziello. She and her husband Mario are missionaries to Italy. Since I met them online, my wife and I have supported and prayed for this family. I believe many should read this post to better understand the life of a missionary, and how to better bless them. So often missionaries are out of sight and out of mind. Here is a link to their blog. Mission Italia. Because of the platform it is on it was not possible for me to reblog their post.


It was 1992, after only two years on the field, and we were heading “home”. At least in the minds of our fellow Americans. So our assertion of, “This isn’t home for us; we’re going back,” brought looks that clearly asked, “Haven’t you had enough?”

We’d left full. Full of big dreams and great plans. But finance trickled in, and we struggled to put food on the table. An unsettled debt hanging over our heads didn’t help, taking a good chunk of that already small pie.

So we decided to temporarily move back to the USA, where everyone greeted us with, “Welcome home!” And though we were happy to see friends and family once more, it wasn’t home, and we knew it never again could be. For God had transplanted our hearts.

During that trying time, which stretched into a year a half, due to Mario’s nearly fatal chainsaw accident, someone from a Barnabas Ministries spoke at our church. I don’t remember his name, or where he was from, and my online search unearthed many works with that appellation.

But their purpose of lifting up the weary hands immediately struck a chord with us. So many missionaries face discouragement, feeling they have nowhere to go. No one to turn to. This is more true than most of us begin to imagine, and we thank God for the Barnabas ministries that are out there.

But one statement, in particular, made during that meeting stuck in our minds.
We expect to see great works on nickel and dime offerings.

This is so true. How many missionaries get asked, “Is that all you’ve done in all this time?” And even when unspoken, the question often hangs in the air. Leaving the missionary even more discouraged than before.

Most missionaries we know personally struggled to keep a roof over their heads, food on the table, and the bills paid with nickel and dime offerings. Yet others expect them to do great things, and build up great works.

It’s a sad, but often true, missionary reality. And so this post is a call for help! And a call to ministry!

Start your own personal Barnabas Ministry!

And encourage the missionaries you know, or that your church supports. Or, if your church doesn’t support any, talk to your pastor about getting involved in this needy area.

What you can do:


Prayer is at the top of the list, because it is the absolute greatest need, both for the missionary, and for those they are trying to reach or serve. Pray for their needs. Pray for the people they ask you to pray for. And pray for the doors that they need to see opened.


Between mail, email, social media, and Skype—that should be easier than ever, right?? And how can you pray effectively, it you don’t know what’s going on?


Many missionaries, like us, live and work in isolated areas. We have little or no fellowship. And notes or even verses of Scripture that show you’re thinking and praying for us help a lot!


Missionary kids give up a lot for their parents’ choice. Far from friends and family, and it’s harder to make friends across language and culture barriers. Dollar store goodies stuffed in a padded envelope are great little gifts!


Find out what’s going on. What they’d like to do, and see happen. Learn of their struggles, their fears, their burdens.


We’re happy for you. We really are. But sometimes it’s a little hard to swallow when our children go without needed clothing, or we see villagers around us struggling to put food on the table.


We care about all the folks back home, and wish we could be more connected. We want to know how you are and what’s going on. And we want to know how we can pray for you, or what ways we can better encourage you!

Communication is key!

It’s really not that hard to lift up the weary hands. And we’ve always found that when do that, our own get lifted up in the process!


Posted by on October 14, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion


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10 responses to “Great Works, on Nickle and Dime Offerings

  1. paulfg

    October 14, 2014 at 8:11 am

    The cogs are turning. Love it when that happens. Thank you Levi. 🙂


  2. The True Light!

    October 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Some very good insights into missionary work, Levi! It is a true work of love for both the people they serve and the God they love…

    Thanks for sharing it,



  3. Sheila

    October 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks for the reblog, Levi! You know we appreciate it. But we appreciate your love and friendship most of all. Just knowing people care. You know, that really is where it’s at!


    • Levi Thetford

      October 14, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      That really is where it is. When people truly care instead of just saying it. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. realchange4u

    October 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I can do more. I will do more. Thanks for the reminder Levi. My own daughter struggled in her work at times, both from financially and spiritual attacks. She stayed the course. Her love for God was stronger.

    Much love Tom


  5. Cynthia Reyes

    October 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Levi: thanks for posting this. The life of missionaries is indeed mysterious and it’s interesting to hear about both the practical needs of missionaries and the sacrifices they make, plus the spiritual calling that pulls them to foreign lands.


    • Levi Thetford

      October 14, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      It really is something most know little about. Maybe a few may try to think of the needs a little more. Blessings to you my friend.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Sharon

    October 16, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Amen and ouch! Timing is so perfect though. I have been wondering about a mission project for my ladies group and I believe this may be the route to go. I will be praying about this and encouraging my young women to get excited about sponsoring a missionary. I have quite a few friends from seminary who are on the mission field so this may be the route to go. Thanks again for sharing and encouraging. God uses you in tremendous ways Levi. May He bless you richly for being such a blessing to others.



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