Thursday, March 21
The Synod of Alaska-Northwest
The disciples must have panicked when Jesus told them to feed 5,000 plus. God provided. We have learned in the Synod of Alaska-Northwest that God has given us everything we need for faithful ministry. The year was 1955, and banks would not grant loans to growing Presbyterian congregations. Creative pastors and ruling elders pulled together and pooled funds to begin their own investment and loan program. The Mission Development Program was born.
Over the years, over 700 Presbyterians have invested $40 million to remodel and build houses of worship and education across our mission field. The investors see a return on their dollars that is in direct correlation to the interest rates paid by those who are using the funds. During the recent downturn in the economy, investors continued to see a return on their dollar. Why? Because Presbyterians with a shared vision of support for the sake of the gospel keep their word and bless one another. God provides!
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Joyce M. Emery, presbyter to the synod
Dean Mielke, executive director, Mission Development Certificate Program
Robert McDonald, comptroller
Linda Paulson, loan processor/accounting clerk
Rev. Muriel Brown, acting synod stated clerk
Eunjoo Lee, synod project assistant
Sarah Peniston, PresbyTech director of communications
Brandon Jelinek, PresbyTech director of technology
Let us pray
Gracious God, we thank you for the faithfulness of your servants who seek opportunities to serve one another through financial gifts. We ask you to bless their generosity and multiply their impact. In Jesus’ name. Amen.