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How to Spend $25k

August 11, 2012

According to an article in USA Today, the average wedding in the United States costs $26,989. Um, wow. I’m sure spending in the tens of thousands on a wedding is relatively easy, but I was a more than a little shocked to learn that the average was greater than $25k.

To put that in perspective, for roughly the same amount of money you could…

  • Dig at least 3 wells in Africa,
  • Feed 24 children in Haiti for a year,
  • Fund an international adoption,
  • Send a dozen or more people on a short-term, international mission trip, or
  • Support ½ of an IMB career missionary.

I’m not pretending to have great answers here, but after reading the article I was equal parts depressed and angry so I thought I’d share.

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3 Comments
  1. I do get so frustrated with the importance we put on having the right shoes with the right color pants and $ we spend on vanity/entertainment. Look at just 1 thing on your list of things that could be done with the 25k. Diggin a well for example..think of all the drinks of clean water by ppl who are dehydrated. Think of the wounds being cleaned by clean water and plants being watered and giving much needed food! When are we gonna give our stuff away so somebody else can have these things?

  2. Barry Adams permalink

    Awesome Brother….

    Keep up the great work that you have been lead. It can be very difficult when one has been given so much, then everything has to be lost to in order to know and understand that 25 is only one quarter of the whole picture, to be seen and experience in the bigger picture of L.I.F.E.

    To l.ive o.bediently t.otally t.rusting e.veryday r.eceiving, one may have the greatest gift to be taken to such a wedding. But, only if the invitation has been received and the directions are followed as instructed.

    Yes Sister, to give away ALL possessions is definitely the best to be relieved! It is a blessing to have a lost it all during the storm.

    Therefore; having 25k, what percentage would you allocate to be GIVEN AWAY?
    ____ more or less

    Be Blessed!

  3. justinhiebert permalink

    You could also sponsor a well for a school or clinic with enough money left over to sponsor another community: http://www.charitywater.org/donate/sponsorawell.php

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