This actually happened to me once- when I was a young preacher preaching on stewardship- a guy after church informed me that I “had stopped preaching and gone to meddling.”
Well, if I did I am in pretty awesome company because Christ and Paul meddled too! If only we were not so touchy on this issue.
Money matters are on my mind as this New Year moves forward. Our elders at Gateway have challenged us with what I consider to be a terrific budget. I pray our church will embrace it.
On Sunday, January 27th, we will have our second annual special contribution for the Gateway Christian Scholarship Fund. This fund is set aside to assist Gateway families who want to send their college kids to a Christian college. We kicked it off a year ago and people responded generously- so much so that four of our young people have already benefited through scholarships. Again I pray for a great response to this.
And finally the money matter that is weighing the heaviest on my mind has to do with our mission in Vilnius, Lithuania. Since 2005 Gateway has overseen the work of the two Lithuanian evangelists serving there in the Vilnius Church of Christ. We have been joined in this great work by several wonderful partners who have invested not only funds, but their hearts in this ministry. Unfortunately we have lost some of these supporters and this along with the dropping dollar is causing a possible major shortfall in funds. We are praying and working and seeking additional partners so that we will not have to cut our support. Terri and I served as resident missionaries at this church for two years. It is a work close to our hearts too and I wish money was not mattering there right now.
Well I will stop meddling now, and go back to preaching!
As always- thanks for dropping by.