MIAD or the concept for MIAD is pulled directly from the Word of God. In fact, the very name MIAD is an acronym meaning “Money Is A Defense.” Ecclesiastic 7:12. Although the Biblical principles of Stewardship are foundational bases of what we believe all can be found throughout the whole of the Bible moreover its overall mission can be found and summed up directly in 2 Corinthians 8,9.
We believe that on the day of Pentecost that there was more delivered to the saints by the Holy Spirit of God than just the evidence of speaking a new langue. I believe that there is evidence that they also received a new heart that had a new economy already built into it. An economy that would be lead by their own stewardship and no longer the greed and selfishness that fill their old hearts.
The Apostle Paul started the first MIAD Fund. The goal of that fund was to move money and resources between the saints in such a way that there was no lack among them. So, He and Titus, as well as others, went from city to city ministering and taking up a collection for what He called the fellowship of ministering to the saints.
" Praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints." 2 Corinthians 8:4 kjv
He states that it was not his intention that some were a burden while others were eased but that there be equality among the churches and the people of God according to as it was written in Exodus 16:18
"13 For I mean, not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:
15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack." 2 Corinthians 8:13,14,15 kjv
Paul stresses the importance of there being equality among the saints and suggests that there would be times when some would have more than others and vice versa. But notice He did not say "need" but instead He used the word "want." This denotes that God promises to supply all of our needs but our wants are supplied by our love in giving to each other by sharing our excess and blessings with other believers. And that this was, in fact, the purpose of His fundraising efforts.
But yet and still this chapter would indicate that this was not an automatic win for Paul and that He had to continue to write to encourage the saints to follow through on the pledges to support this effort. He wrote this in the nicest terms an Apostle possibly could have.
"10 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do but also to be forward a year ago.
11 Now, therefore, perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.
12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not." 2 Corinthians 8:10,11,12 kjv
One of the most important tasks as the Founder and CEO of MIAD is that I personally and MIAD the business itself stays above reproach. This means that both must be blameless and harm no one in the carrying out of our daily duties. The fund will grow every single day and abundance is our portion so administering this money must be and will be a dome in a way that is above board at all times.
"20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:
21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord but also in the sight of men.
22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you." 2 Corinthians 8:20,21,22 kjv