Songs have a way of communicating magnificent realities with a minimum of words. Such is the case with one of my favorite hymns—Great Is Thy Faithfulness. Notice how this brief line captures the spirit of the gospel: Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.
These few words also capture the reality of what God did in and through ECCU in 2013. This alliance of people and organizations began the year trusting Him for the strength to fuel ministry each day. Given continued economic uncertainty, we also hoped for a year of financial stability. Our faithful God had much more in mind.
Coming off our first year of positive earnings since the recession, we expected 2013 to bring continued growth toward financial strength but modest earnings. Instead, the Lord blessed us with a net increase of over $5 million in member capital.
Behind this number lies some extremely hard work by our members and staff, all focused on being good stewards of God’s provision. Just as many ministries have adapted to their changing realities while keeping a laser focus on their gospel-centered missions, so have we. Our staff is leaner, our operating expenses lower, and our kingdom impact increasing.
A beautiful picture of what God is doing through ECCU is a video that tells the story of how He is demonstrating His love to Muslim refugees in Greece through a couple who followed Jesus there from California. If you haven’t seen it, please visit https://youtu.be/lqnygwG8WDY.
You’ll also want to review our online 2013 annual report for the complete financial picture of God’s provision last year.
Praise is the best response to God’s great faithfulness in 2013. And a word of gratitude is in order as well, for your partnership in our commitment to fuel Christ-centered ministry worldwide.