The Thanksgiving holidays are here! This is time for us to reflect on what the Lord has done for us as individuals and collectively as a community of believers. We are thankful for the many pastors, Bible workers and church members in our conference who are working very hard, sometimes in very difficult circumstances. We praise the Lord for the difference you all are making in the lives of the community.
We have seen signs of spiritual and stewardship growth in our conference. For example, our membership stands at 9,520 (as of Nov 25); we have seen 263 baptisms, 197 people accepted by profession of faith and 203 accepted into membership by letter. We have seen a tithe increase, year-to-date we stand at 8.26% (Oct). We are thinking this is just icing on the cake; the Lord is doing a lot more in this conference.
Now dear friends, we are thinking that if every one of our 73 churches, 11 companies, 10 groups and every one of our 9,520 members made a pledge that next year they will to do some personal evangelism, will engage in the youth, will support Adventist Christian education — if we all pledged to give towards our stewardship program, if we all did some Christian service or pledged to strive to grow spiritually, this would be an even greater Conference. With everything we have seen this year we believe that we are seeing the Lord’s great exploits here!
At this time of year we know that there will be many appeals for charity. We encourage you to give, but remember that when you give through the church, your charitable donation will be carefully used in the service of God. That is good stewardship.
We want to challenge each and every one to take time to collaborate with the Lord. Let Him use us to bless someone; let’s volunteer time to do community service. We know that there is a blessing in giving, we will be blessed as we give part of our time to help someone. So as we come to the end of the year let’s keep our EYES on eternity, let’s encourage each other in the Lord. Now is the time to say, “Thank you Lord for your faithfulness to us”. It is time to thank God and the church for the spiritual nourishment we received all year! This is also time to challenge each other to live by faith. Minnesota Conference, let’s keep our EYES on eternity and let’s continue being generous to the church’s mission and ministry.
The good book says, “Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,” 2 Cor. 9:10-12.
Blessings to each and all.
Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration