build my church endowments
by Larry A. Powell
Learn how you can be involved in the ministry of Free Will Baptist Home Missions at www.homemissions.net.
Thank you, Free Will Baptists for helping the Home Missions Department fund the Build My Church and Roy Thomas Endowment funds. To date, these endowments have awarded $600,000 to missionary church planters across North America.
Two Million Dollars
Each million-dollar endowment is invested in the Church Extension Loan Fund, and the money is loaned to Free Will Baptist churches across the United States. Interest earned each year is awarded to two church planters who need to purchase facilities or complete a church building program. Your contributions have helped build 15 new Free Will Baptist churches. Eight are now self-supporting works.
The funds were also used to purchase property at the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota, where Free Will Baptists have established a ministry among the Ojibwas (Chippewa) people. The Gwen Hendrix Hispanic Seminary in Inman, South Carolina, has also benefited from the endowments. The school was established to train Hispanic pastors stationed across America.
A New Endowment
The Home Missions Board recently established a third and final endowment to honor Carolyn and Richard Adams. Richard and Carolyn were a tremendous blessing to the work of Home Missions for many years. After a long battle with cancer, Carolyn went home to be with the Lord just over a year ago. Richard retired last year after serving 18 years as director of development for Home Missions. He spearheaded the establishment of these endowments that have been and will be a blessing to many.
The Adams endowment currently contains $124,236. As it grows, it will continue to help home missionaries. Many have made a contribution already, and others have asked how to give. You may send a one-time gift or designate a monthly gift to Home Missions and the Adams Endowment.
Once again, the department wishes to thank those who so willingly contribute to the work of Home Missions in North America.
About the Writer: Larry Powell is the general director of the Home Missions Department. Learn more about the ministry of the department at www.homemissions.net.