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A Blessing and a Challenge
By Jerry Russell, Washington Conference VP for Finance
Have you ever been in a financial tight spot? During the recession of 2008-2009, giving was down due to the economic difficulties and employment loss. To avoid a mass layoff of employees or canceling programs, Washington Conference's financial reserves were used for several years to keep the Mission funded. Our reserves were at a critical low at one point and the need to restore those reserves was a high priority and prayer initiative.
Several years ago, Jack, one of our Executive Committee members, suggested that if we wanted to increase our financial reserves, we should not only pray for it, but budget for it as well. “If we are going to ask for it, we should plan to receive it,” Jack said.
Wanting to budget conservatively, as I had always done, I was hesitant and foolishly declined to take him up on the challenge. Over the course of the next year, the more I thought and prayed about Jack's reasoning and incredible demonstration of faith, I felt that I had missed an opportunity to see God show His glory and majesty in the simple act of providing financial resources to the conference.
Continue reading to discover how Jerry prayed his way through the financial tight spot!
The words business and ministry don’t often intersect, yet every ministry is supported by a business structure for long-term growth and success. Come learn and understand how church business in Washington Conference supports local ministry at the following Town Hall Meetings in western Washington.
You are personally invited to join Auburn Adventist Academy Church for the first Children’s Ministries Christmas Program on December 1, at 5 pm! This free program, based on the story of the Drummer Boy, is a special program cast by 18 Washington children with special needs or disabilities.
Come and support children from area churches. Plus, enjoy refreshments after the program!
If you know of a child who would like to join this program, please contact Nitza Salazar via email. No limited space or age limit!