A scripture on proportionate stewardship:
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (Luke 12:48b)
From Article 21 of the Confession of Faith from a Mennonite Perspective:
We believe that everything belongs to God, who calls us as the church to live as faithful stewards of all that God has entrusted to us.
By the way, speaking of stewardship–a friend has just returned from the Sudan with a friend who was a so-called “lost boy.” If you’re interested in making a personal connection and helping send someone to college or high school in the Sudan, let me know. Here’s an excerpt from friend’s letter:
Please continue to pray for Sudan, tell others about the situation there, and if you ever feel led to help financially you can do so by contributing to Mike’s Jalle fund (goal of 50,000 to build a school. He has 40,000 to go) or by giving money towards Bishop Phillip’s work in the south (he is a man of integrity doing much to help with the building of schools and churches). Another way of helping is by sponsoring a young adult to go to high school or university in Kenya or Uganda (to send someone to high school costs about 1000 dollars a year. I’m not sure of the costs for university). I’ve been sponsoring one of Michael’s orphan cousin’s, John, and was able to meet him in Nairobi. He was a sweet, shy, sad-looking young man. He repeatedly voiced his gratitude and I was humbled at how 85 bucks a month (likely less than what I spend on luxuries like movies, a new shirt, going out to eat etc,) was giving this kid more opportunities in the future as well as the reminding him that he is not alone in the world, that he is worthwhile, and that people believe in him.