No, not the Republic of Ireland! ROI . . . return on investment, either in terms of interest earned on a financial transaction or something less tangible, like a personal sense of accomplishment.
Sometimes we ask ourselves that question – what is the return on investment for a Good News Club? What is the value our partners are getting in return for all the volunteer hours and expense involved?
Our clubs vary in size from 10 to 40 children, and as near as we can tell, each club costs approximately $2,500 per year to operate – including all administrative costs. What if we’re spending all that money and time, and only a handful of children are coming? What if only one child receives Jesus as their Savior that year?
In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 15, Jesus tells several parables of the value of lost things: lost sheep, lost coin, lost son. He asks a rhetorical question “Would a man leave his ninety-nine sheep to go after the one that was lost?” Leave the ninety-nine for one . . . doesn’t sound like a very good R.O.I. unless you look for the meaning behind the parable – the heart of God.
God is always concerned about the one; that one child who no one else has noticed; that one child whose parents are going through divorce and is lost and confused; that one child who has never heard . . . never knew there was a God who loves him.
Luke 15:7 says there is more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner that repents than ninety-nine who need no repentance. When I think of the 300+ kids who trusted Jesus as their Savior this past year, I try to imagine the rejoicing that took place in heaven! If we could only see that –even for just one of those kids – what an abundant R.O.I.!!
~Susan Makert, Local Director