For those who live in abundance, the centuries old practice of humanitarian aid has been one of the more impactful ways of making a difference in the world. The practice of human kindness through tangible giving has and continues to address regional and global health concerns, disease, thirst, and hunger. Those of us who live in first world nations and regions have the opportunity (some would say the obligation) to do our part in helping others both here and afar. Secondarily, research also shows that people who routinely practice giving away financial resources experience improved physical and mental health. Such benefits range from lowered blood pressure, increased self-esteem, lower levels of depression, lower stress, increased longevity, greater contentment, and happiness. For those of us who claim to follow Jesus Christ, stewardship is our way of being faithful to God’s command to “give our tithes and offerings.” I’m not suggesting that we do this because of what we gain, those are simply fringe benefits. I am suggesting that we do this because it first honors God and second it shows that we are aware of the current situation in our world and believe we are called to make a difference. I pray that this series will help us link this act of faith with our community of faith that attempts to live this out in multiple ways and that it will draw us to be even more committed to giving knowing that God will disburse our gifts for divine purposes.