Lake City Church began receiving a One Day Offering in November 2004. The idea was that we would allow our congregation to participate in proportional giving, each person giving an amount equal to what they earned in one day of work. We planned that 50% of the offering would be sent to ministry initiatives overseas while the remaining 50% would be given to support ministry initiatives in the US (half of that 50% would remain in Kootenai County). We made it very clear that none of the funds received would be used by Lake City Church – that we would merely be the conduit through which the funds arrived at their destination.
That first offering brought in over $110,000, and nobody could have expected that within a month the country of Thailand would experience a devastating tsunami that some have called the deadliest tsunami in history. We were able to partner with Convoy of Hope, a faith-based, non-profit organization that helps people throughout the world by sharing food, water, emergency supplies, agricultural know-how, and opportunities that empower people to live independent lives, free from poverty, disease and hunger. A large part of the $55,000 we had intended for distribution beyond the United States was immediately deployed for tsunami relief through Convoy of Hope.
Today, we still partner with Convoy of Hope through their One Day to Feed the World campaign. 50% of the funds received this year will go directly to Convoy of Hope. 25% will be allocated to initiatives that help the people of Kootenai County, and the remaining 25% will go to global ministry initiatives sponsored by Lake City Church.