We think that WEBA churches gave more to Home Mission up to the end of July 2010 than during the same period in any other year.
The year-to-date figure of £141,704 did include an unusual one-off gift, but even without that we would have topped our previous record of £131,336 at the end of July 2008.
What's really exciting isn't breaking records (or being, as we are at the moment, the second highest giving Association in the Baptist Union) It's not even about surviving the recession without losing what we have - the exciting thing is that our churches are taking mission seriously, supporting those churches who need a little extra help to follow their dream of connecting with their communities and being Christ among their neighbours.
Please pray for everyone who will have responsibility for using this money wisely, when there are still so many more dreams than grants available.
And if you're involved with budgeting for your church this year, please take the time to ask these questions:
- Is your church giving at least 5% of its income to Home Mission?
- Is your church giving regularly to help us with our planning?
- If you're in Pastoral Vacancy, could your church consider giving a month's stipend to Home Mission?