You might be familiar with the saying, “kill two birds with one stone.” From a practical point of view, this means achieving two things in a single action and seems a realistic possibility.
While I don’t recall killing two birds with one stone, I have killed two birds with one blast from a shotgun. I was pretty overwhelmed at the moment I did it, but I’ve heard way too many stories of this kind to get puffed up about it.
Let me tell you about another challenge that has significant temporal and eternal value. Did you know you can contribute to three aspects of IM’s ministries with one offering?
IM’s annual World Missions Offering (WMO) is a golden opportunity to achieve that feat…give once and help resource three budgets. This is our annual appeal for a special offering on the last Sunday in April…or any other Sunday of the year if that is not convenient.
How does a church or individual give to the WMO and help fund three distinct budgets? The money received from the WMO is divided into three categories.
- Partnerships: IM has developed partnerships with fields where we no longer have missionaries or have only one individual or family in the country like India, Cuba, Panama, Côte d’Ivoire, Central Asia, and Brazil. We also have partnerships in other places where Free Will Baptists serve. Currently, these budgets total almost $400,000.
- Deficit or underfunded accounts: After the partnership budgets are covered, missionary accounts that are in deficit or underfunded receive 60% of all remaining funds. Last year, missionaries benefitted from over $100,000 of the WMO funds.
- General fund: If the general fund is in need, it will receive 40% of all monies over and above the partnership budgets. However, if the general fund need is covered by designated funds, the 40% will redirect to deficit accounts.
There you have it…one offering benefits three budgets. You can help tremendously by giving to the WMO. If you or your church have not participated in this annual special offering, this is a great time to get started.
Do more than kill two birds with one stone. Make it possible to see many souls saved, multiple churches planted, missionary deficits erased, pastors trained, and much more by giving once to the World Missions Offering.
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