Escondido, CA

‘Setting the record straight’

The children who are assisted by Promise Land Ranch in Escondido.

The children who are assisted by Promise Land Ranch in Escondido.

Do you have a refrigerator with food in it? Do you have clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep? Do you have money in your wallet and some spare change in your pocket? If so, you are among the top 8% of the richest people in the world!

It’s good to remind ourselves how wealthy we really are as Americans. The Bible teaches that everything on the earth belongs to God (Psalm 24:1) and all that we have that is “good” ulti­mately comes from Him (James 1:17).

That said, we have a sober responsi­bility to honor God with the resources we have by meeting the needs of oth­ers who are less fortunate. It’s called “loving your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31)” and it’s a big deal to God. Like, REALLY big. Like, one of the two commandments in which all the other commandments hang on big. (By the way, your neighbor could be a starving child in another country.) It doesn’t matter what faith one em­braces or whether a faith is embraced at all. This is a “human” thing and I’m merely presenting the Christian per­spective on the topic.

This reminds of when I was a child and my Mom gave me a $10 bill. ($10 was worth a little more back then.) She told me that the money was mine to spend however I pleased. It was a gift. She also told me that Father’s Day was around the corner.

We happened to be at the mall, and I wanted to spend the money (well, most of it) on my Dad because, well, it was the right thing to do.

In the same way, our heavenly Fa­ther gives us various gifts, some of which directly contribute towards generating money to making a



living … and that we must do, of course. He also gives us the freedom to choose whether we will honor Him with our money by giving to those less fortu­nate. By doing so, we are actually giv­ing back to Him! The following verses from the Bible support this point:

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you… naked and clothe you?” And the King (God) will answer and say to them, “Assur­edly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:37-40).

There is a wonderful opportunity for you to give a little back and put a big smile on your heavenly Father’s face by sponsoring one of the poorest of the poor children in Ghana Africa through a ministry that was founded right here in your home town of Es­condido: Promise Land Ranch. Will you check them out at www.PLRGha­ and consider donating?

As Americans, we are blessed to be among the top 8% of the richest peo­ple in the world! We are blessed to be a blessing and I can personally attest to the fact that is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).

~ Paul and Danica Bartelme have been married for 22 years and have three children age 12 years and under. Jacob (12), Lily (11), and Luke (9). They’ve been residents of Escondido for 11 years and love Harley motor­cycles and good music. They pas­tor Escondido’s very own Sanctuary Church. ~ Any questions or comments re­garding the story? Got an idea for a story we should write? Email us at Or check us out on the web at

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