Hi, this is LaWayne Rogness, Director of Finance and Personnel for the Church of the Lutheran Brethren, and I would like to share with you this brief update on our 2016-17 contribution goals.
We started our Fiscal Year in May of 2016 very strong, but each month after that we saw a decline…a decline until we were at a deficit of around $140,000 ending in November.
We continued to make that need known… and in December you responded generously. Your gifts cut into our deficit, and reduced it by nearly $64,000.
In January, that positive trend continued. Your gifts exceeded our anticipated goal by over $4,000, once again cutting into our deficit... and making it a real possibility that we could reach our 2016-17 contribution goals. We have a long way to go before this fiscal year ends on April 30, but the possibility is still there.
When asked by the rich young ruler, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”, Jesus said, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasures in heaven; and come, follow me.”
That message to the rich young ruler is the same message to us today! It is that you cannot serve both God and money. As the Church of the Lutheran Brethren, we want to serve God… and your gifts are doing just that.
Recently, one of our missionaries to Taiwan, Michael Kittelson, shared the story of Mr. Yap, an elderly man that he and his wife Delores have been witnessing to. Michael reported how Mr. Yap confessed Christ… and then amazed his family, when he was hospitalized with a serious illness, by calling out to Christ.
Your gifts send missionaries like Michael and Delores Kittelson to people like Mr. Yap. His story illustrates the urgency of our mission.
Right now we have a young couple, Ben and Sara Hosch, who hope to join our team in Taiwan this year and it is your gifts that will make that a reality.
Thank you for your support of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. This is your church... and through it, God is changing lives for eternity.
LaWayne Rogness serves the Church of the Lutheran Brethren as Director of Finance and Personnel.