The answer is neither—they both needed Jesus. The difference is in how they needed him. Zacchaeus’ need was intangible. The woman’s very tangible. But Jesus saw both needs. And met them perfectly. To the woman, he gave physical healing. To Zacchaeus, he gave the opportunity to embrace a new perspective.
Tangible vs. intangible, this is the struggle we face at the Center for Financial Education on a daily basis. The needs of those we serve aren’t met with a bandage or a box of food--not that there’s anything wrong with giving those things. The needs of those we serve are met with time, with truth, with hard confrontation, with the grit it takes to dare to get messy in order to help our clients find a better way--no matter what their income is. With prayer, both with them and on their behalf, clients begin to see that living above their means is foolish. In working with the Center for Financial Education, clients have learned to pay off debt—in fact, over $1 million in debt has been paid off by our clients as they have embraced their new perspective. They’ve chosen to move forward, without debt, into a lifestyle of responsible spending and saving.
Meeting intangible needs is what we do. It does come with a cost. In many ways it’s hard to put a price on what clients gain by coming here. The average annual cost of coaching a client is approximately $1,200. Those $1,200 cover staff salaries, utility bills, office rent, internet and phone bills, office supplies, and occasionally go toward the cost of a gift card for gas or groceries. Our costs cover the time our staff spends behind the scenes in devising comprehensive strategies for each client we see.
This ministry is God’s. He supplies our needs. You are the channel through which He supplies them. Today, will you consider becoming a CFE Champion, so that our tangible needs are met? So that God’s mission through the Center for Financial Education can continue? So that the intangible needs of our clients can continue to be our primary focus?