Monday, September 19, 2011
invited to bring their contributions to the front of the meeting area where the contributors were recognized along with their gifts. A list of contributors already solicited for donations and who had prepared to give was read and each named participant came forward with their gift. Their names and amounts were announced publicly and usually ended with applause and cheering. If cash was given, the moderator of the harambee would hold the cash in front of him at head level and then count it out loud so that everyone would see that the actual amount was being given. Several people would also ask that their "friends who were present" help them with different amounts to help reach their promised goal. These "friends" would come forward with various amounts to give in this person's name. Then the cash/gifts were given to the designated "accountants" to count, safeguard, and then give a final tally after contributor list and "last call participants" were given a chance to give.
Harambees are a good example of "cooperative giving" (like the Southern Baptist's Cooperative Program but in an East African way). Everyone can participate no matter the amount! Thought - what if our giving amounts were announced in front of the church? Would that help or hinder the effort? Something to think about. But remember, the harambee participants were given ample time to pledge amounts and then work to make their giving amounts a reality. There also was no "pride and/or comparison giving". Each gave what they were able and had promised by faith then made their faith promise a reality. A good example to consider and follow!