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Sowing from the Storehouse

What is a storehouse? The Hebrew word was “owtsar”, meaning: “a depository:- used as an armoury, cellar, garner (storehouse for corn, granary), i.e a “storehouse”, treasure-house”.

The Pataka (storehouse) was an important focal point of every Maori village, where food and taonga (treasure) were stored securely.

Our logo reflects the storehouse of the ark which housed righteous Noah, his family and a pair of every breathing bird and animal and their food for over a year while God judged the world with a mighty flood.

When Liberty Trust began in 1989 we had no funds whatsoever. Following God’s Word many “pooled their resources to lend interest free to others”. The contributions of these faithful have enabled us to today operate with 3 million dollars in continuous circulation [$23 million in 2022]. Three million dollars has been given into this part of God’s storehouse to be used wisely for the benefit of God’s Kingdom. We have lent and received back and lent again a total of $7 million interest free [$75m in 2022], releasing God’s people to serve Him with greater liberty.

As part of God’s Storehouse we are careful not to hoard funds (Lk 12:15-21). Last year 16 mortgages were given, and 9 mortgages were fully repaid. We keep no more in our bank than is required for the next loan.

In contemplating our God-given mandate over the last 12 months we have been conscious that the Old Testament storehouses gave out as well as received.

“Storehouse” is about giving and receiving. As we give we sow for His Kingdom.

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.

2 Corinthians 9:6,11

God promises seed to sowers—not hoarders, and promises to increase the store of seed.  We trust that God will turn the seed we sow into a great harvest of righteousness!

God’s desire is that His people shall live as one people, in loving, supportive, community. And that isn’t just a dream.

May they be brought to complete unity, to let the world know that you sent me. John 17 v 23

May God bless you as we join together in His purpose.

Kelvin Deal

Sept 2004