A number of years ago EFC-MAYM made the decision to transition away from a Yearly Meeting Mission Board to Mission Mobilizers, while making EFM our mission sending agency. Recently, while attending our spring EFM Board meetings at Quaker Ridge Camp I was reminded of the significance of that decision. In addition to our personal investment of time and personnel in places like Central Africa and Northern India, EFC-MAYM has been the leading financial supporter of EFM in recent years. I must say, I was quite proud to be associated with Mid-America after reviewing the giving statistics for the past 3 years.
Let me share with you what I mean. In 2018 EFC-MAYM churches and individuals contributed, collectively, $468,062 to EFM, which was more than any other EFC-NA Yearly Meeting. In 2019, the same was true as we contributed $621,278. In 2020, again, we led the way with individuals and local churches from across Mid-America contributing $717,653, which was 35% of the total giving to EFM.
WOW! For being one of the smaller Yearly Meetings in EFC-NA that figure says something about the commitment of you to global mission.
To put that in perspective, our entire EFC-MAYM annual income budget for 2020 was $626,987. We gave away $717,653 to EFM. That is amazing! I am so thankful for each individual and local church that prioritizes “mission” giving. Here’s a thought…What if we were to give even 25% of that to local church planting in the years ahead? That would mean $179,413 would be invested in planting churches across our region, each year. I can’t imagine the impact we would have locally, as well as globally, if we were to begin to focus on the “home front” as well.
“The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Luke 10:2 (NLT)