by Jac La Tour
At church on Sunday, I heard about a missionary in Africa who dedicated his life to sharing the gospel with people who had never even heard the name of Jesus. Ultimately, his mission cost him his life. I was reminded—once again—of the calling we all have to make disciples, and of the awesome privilege we have at ECCU to participate in missions.
Looking back over the past year, we’ve had several opportunities to partner with our mission agency members and their missionaries in creative ways. A couple examples:
- In October, a number of ECCU members from various mission sending agencies, churches, and other organizations traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to participate in the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. Like other financial institutions, we monitor the use of member debit and credit cards for unusual spending patterns. While a bank might have immediately blocked cards with multiple purchases from South Africa, our familiarity with the evangelical community allowed us to quickly ascertain that this was legitimate spending for our members.
- Over the summer, we were asked by a missionary member serving in Mexico if it was possible to set up a special fundraising account for his friend in need. He wanted to raise funds for this man’s son, who was born with a heart defect and needed surgery. God laid it on the heart of this missionary to find a way to raise the $70,000 in funds required, but he needed counsel on how to set up the account. After talking it over with him, we set up a relief fund account to hold donations for the child’s surgery. We eagerly await the day the goal is reached!
What unique needs do your missionaries have? How can we help you, as a sending agency, better equip your missionaries?