What motivates you to give?

What motivates you to give?

What motivates you to give?

When we asked Doug Griess, Attorney and JAMLAC Board Member, to share his insights about the impact that he and his wife were having in our city through JAMLAC, he was clear that he didn’t want us to focus on their personal generosity, which we deeply appreciate!

Doug and Laurie have been guides, inspiration, and support to those who seek justice. But above all, they have been an example and a reminder that everything we do, we must do it not to glorify ourselves, but to glorify God truly from the heart.

We want to be part of that…

I learned about JAMLAC while participating in Christian Legal Society (CLS) shortly after we moved to Denver in 2004. I began to volunteer at the legal aid clinic at Denver Rescue Mission and met Steve Thompson, JAMLAC’s Executive Director. A couple years later, JAMLAC formed an advisory board and I was invited to join. One of Jesus’ key jobs is to be an advocate and mediator, and through the Holy Spirit, a counselor – Jesus did and does lawyer work. Jesus started the work by fulfilling the law of God with justice, mercy, and grace. JAMLAC continues to live this calling both physically and spiritually. God demands throughout the Bible that His people do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before Him. Jesus shows us how to do this in an imperfect world and JAMLAC is a tangible expression of this mission. We want to be a part of that. JAMLAC’s cause is not any particular person’s cause, it’s God’s cause exemplified in the person of Jesus who is the perfect mediator, advocate, and counselor. We are a part of what JAMLAC is about because Jesus’s cause is our cause.

 

The role of an attorney in our society…

The first thing that comes to mind is that the role of an attorney in our society is based on the Biblical ideal; specifically, one who joins with the client to take on the client’s cause as their own in order to seek the ideal of God’s justice. In this role, the lawyer has a unique opportunity to join with the client to transform and redeem the client’s life on social, spiritual, and physical levels. This is extremely hard work that is intimate and sacrificial, especially when championing the people our fallen world casts out, oppresses, and marginalizes. It is a very tangible expression of Jesus’s kingdom work the church (as His body) is called to in the Denver Metro area. It is next-level work that requires a foundation of mature and integrated believers in our community who are committed to following Jesus in every aspect of our society and culture.

 

We are most excited about…

We are most excited about JAMLAC’s Pro Bono Legal Project, a program that involves expanding full service legal representation to qualified and vetted candidates through the utilization of volunteer attorneys who donate their time and resources with JAMLAC’s support. We’re excited about this because it involves the inclusion of the Christian legal community in God’s work in a way that is both sustainable and transformational of both the community and the legal professionals who volunteer. We can all contribute money, but Christian attorneys and legal professionals are the only ones capable of contributing spiritually integrated legal services, a resource in short supply.

 

Giving money works together with service and sabbath…

Giving money is hard. We get a lot of requests and we all feel our own needs. A primary reason we give money is that we need to do so in order to reform our heart conditions. We are learning that giving is a discipline, a way of receiving God’s grace, that is about depending on God by purposefully breaking our emotional and psychological dependence on money, ourselves, and our earnings. Giving money works together with service and sabbath rest to put us in a place of dependence on God. We give to empower the church and break our selfish dependence on money that sets itself up as an idol in the place of God, His sovereignty, and His provision.

 

The Vision…

We would love to see JAMLAC become the primary source for pro bono legal services for the poor, oppressed, and downtrodden in our community, to be a growing and tangible advancement of God’s kingdom in metro Denver, and to be a ministry that transforms our community.                                                                                                                -Doug Griess

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