Respond to the Vision for Mission
The 2014 fiscal year will close at the end of this month. Contributors around the world gave an estimated $1,100,000 in mission tithes in March for worldwide ministries. Thank you for your generous giving, which put tithing at $9,250,000 toward the revised 2014 fiscal-year goal of $12,000,000.
Although the church is on track to meet the revised worldwide ministries tithing budget, we are poised to begin new ministries if we increase support. During the live question-and-answer session following the President’s Address on April 6, Steve Veazey said, “It’s my expectation the church will respond to the vision for mission that is before the church.”
That vision includes
- revitalizing congregations in the USA, Canada, and other Western nations;
- establishing the church in new nations already asking us to come;
- innovative ministries that respond to the cultural challenges of a shifting religious landscape; and
- expanding video and multimedia communication to reach people throughout the world.
“Our stewardship—how we manage our lives to increase our capacity to give—is linked to the ability of the church to successfully pursue its mission throughout the world,” said President Veazey. “You can’t separate those.”
Thank you for your generous giving that transforms lives through:
- Invite People to Christ: Home visits, sacraments, and engaging the ministry of all people have steadily grown the congregation that started in 2007 in Abak, Nigeria.
- Abolish Poverty, End Suffering: A grant of $3,500 and local contributions of $7,000 will help provide basic needs for people following wildfires in Valparaiso, Chile.
- Pursue Peace on Earth: The 2014 Peace Colloquy, “Poverty: God Weeps,” will engage people in learning about root causes of poverty and how our best intents may hurt rather than heal.
- Develop Disciples to Serve: International Youth Forum will occur in July in Honduras, USA, and Dominican Republic. Youth will explore the “Courage” theme through worship, scripture study, small-group experiences, and activities to discover their personal capacity for courage.
- Experience Congregations in Mission: Seeking God’s direction, many congregations and individuals are starting their days with the mission prayer:
God, where will your Spirit lead today? Help me be fully awake and ready to respond. Grant me courage to risk something new and become a blessing of your love and peace. Amen.