In this series, we tell the stories of ALL IN donors who want to encourage the "Next Generation Givers" who will be fueling Perimeter's ministry through the coming decades. This quarter, we asked Matt and Kelly Gordon to share their giving journey which took some twists and turns over the years as their family grew and Kelly's employment changed.
"It doesn't make sense. We can't track it on a spreadsheet. It doesn't add up, but God supplies and provides!" — The Gordons
When Matt and Kelly's family was smaller and both of them were working, they decided to start tithing. Kelly was a new believer when they started coming to Perimeter, and Matt became a believer here. Over the years they have invested not just their treasure, but also their time and talents at the church through discipleship, Perimeter Christian School, and the Young Families Ministry. But giving a full 10% tithe? Even with two incomes, it was huge deal and it was hard.
"We had given a little bit here and there, but we felt called to tithe back the 10%," they said. "It was a huge step of faith."
Now, years later, their family is much larger. They have five children between ages 6 and 14 — two girls and three boys. They have chosen to be very open with their children about the choices they have to make in order to continue to tithe and give sacrificially above the tithe as well.
"We have included our kids in decisions about what things to cut out or say no to so that we can say yes to giving," said the Gordons. "They are willing to make sacrifices when we can put a name and face to people that the church serves. It has been a blessing to see them grow and think about others instead of themselves."
But it wasn't always joyful, and it definitely wasn't always easy. During a season when Kelly stopped working to stay home with their kids, they decided to cut back on their giving. It seemed the prudent thing to do during this season of their lives.
"God used an incident in our lives to help us realize what we were doing and gently helped us to see His plan," they shared. "Randy has often talked about how tithing and keeping the Sabbath lead to tremendous blessing even when it is hard. We have seen God's faithfulness and blessing in keeping these two commands, even when it is hard."
The Gordons have chosen to see giving as a gift back to God, and getting to decide how to spend the remaining 90% a blessing.
"He was asking us to use 10% as a gift to the church to help her grow and impact His kingdom," they said. They said they are especially blessed by the way the church uses Kingdom Investments to bless people that have a special place in their hearts — like children in foster care and the children supported by PUNCHMI in Tanzania.
"We have been able to witness Kingdom Investments’ impact on ministries and it brings joy to see and hear how others are seeing the love of Jesus through our church," the Gordons said. In addition to their tithe, the Gordons have been on GO Journeys and have adopted a child in Tanzania through Project Child — now UboraTZ.
"If we stretch ourselves and do something God is asking of us, we need to step out in faith and know that God will be faithful and provide. It doesn't make sense, we can't track it on a spreadsheet, it doesn't add up, but God supplies and provides! Just watch Him work, it’s worth it. Trust that His blessings are abundant and give life satisfaction that money cannot."