This Generous Moment – An Unexpected Ray of Light
By Chelsea Boniak | February 3, 2021
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion and… your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” — 2 Corinthians 9:11
Rays of light often come at unexpected times, creating rainbows of hope and promise. We see it each time a child learns a new reading or math skill, or a youth discovers new career potential.
This past week, an unexpected ray of light shone brightly on our work. Unbeknownst to our development staff, Rhonda Ramos, a staff member of First Covenant Church of Oakland, nominated Children Rising for Generosity Bay Area’s “This Generous Moment” grant.
This Generous Moment’s focus is to “spark more radical, Christ-centered generosity at the close of a uniquely challenging year.” The campaign, Generosity Bay Area’s first ever, will award $100,000 to 20 Bay Area nonprofits that are meeting human needs in this moment.
We received news that Children Rising was one of the organizations selected for the grant. It certainly was an unexpected ray of light.
Children Rising was born out of First Covenant Church 20 years ago. They continue to be a steadfast partner, providing their time, talent, and gifts, and empowering children and youth to rise to their God-given potential. Unexpected gifts such as this are a reminder that radical generosity can shine light into darkness.
We are so grateful to Rhonda for nominating us for this grant, and for the culture of giving that Generosity Bay Area is fostering in our community. From each one of us at Children Rising, thank you.