Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant…

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” (Matthew 25:23) One of my responsibilities is to keep our membership records up-to-date. In the process of doing this, I have read hundreds of obituaries of Prayer League members who have completed the race and moved on to heaven. I have noticed some … [Continue Reading]

God’s Provision and Missionary Allowances

Over the past few months I have written about changes introduced this year in the way that we subsidize and distribute missionary allowances. We will no longer use Estate Funds to directly subsidize allowances, though we will continue to use them to subsidize benefits – insurances, pension contributions, and so on. These changes are now underway. I have tabulated here our experience in February. You will see that we fell a bit short of targeted allowances. … [Continue Reading]

Operations

Every organization has something we may call “operating expenses.” Ours include items like basic utilities, maintenance of properties, bank fees, administrative travel, audit fees, postage, printing, participation in church conventions and conferences, and more – expenses that make the organization “go.” Expenses like these amounted to $383,783 last year; I project a slight decrease in the coming year to $380,000. We have sometimes used Estate Funds to pay for some of these operating expenses, such … [Continue Reading]

A Pair of Financial Decisions

Upon recommendation of our Finance Committee, the Home Council has recently made a couple of changes regarding the Mission’s finances. I thought that you might like to hear about them. The first pertains to missionary allowances. The Council reviews target allowance every year. They consider a few different factors, the most important of which is the opinion of our missionaries themselves. A survey of missionary opinions revealed that current allowance levels seem about right. That … [Continue Reading]