“You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” Acts 1:8
Hello church family,
I want to share with you our 2020 Mission’s Budget and invite you to rejoice with me at the opportunities and significant ministry of which God is allowing us to be part.
A new vestry member told me the other day he was blown away by the depth and quality of our missions giving and shocked to find that our gifts to Rwanda are only 17% of the total missions budget. We actually give a great deal more locally and regionally and a good amount as well to totally unreached people groups.
We have three missional goals:
1. Take care of the most desperately poor and vulnerable in our city in Jesus’ name
2. Move closer to a full tithe to our diocese
3. Give a greater percentage of our mission’s budget to three billion unreached people
The pie chart of our 2020 missions giving breaks down as follows:
38% 31% 17% and 14%
38% to Regional Mission and Ministry Our tithe to our diocese constitutes a large portion of this contribution. Rather than risk seeing funds get absorbed into a dark hole of administrative costs, our diocese gives at least 50% upfront of all tithes to church planting and mission. We help support new church plants in Richmond, Crozet, Charlottesville, Chapel Hill, Charleston, Beckley, Boston, and Sanford, NC to name a few. My friends in other dioceses and other denominations cannot believe how much our diocese gives away in mission. Unprecedented. We also give support to all former CHS members who now serve with Young Life in other cities (who filled out an application and met basic qualifications).
31% to Local Missions. God has been very clear with me as a senior pastor and bishop – “to whom much is given much is required.” CHS has been given so much; we are a blessed and wealthy church. The Lord has impressed on my heart that we should work towards giving $100,000 a year to take care of the most vulnerable and homeless in our city. We are stair-stepping toward that goal by increasing our giving to the Roanoke Rescue Mission in 2020. Jesus said, “As you have done it unto the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me.” (Matthew 25:40) The Blue Ridge Fellows is a tremendous ministry that impacts the most unreached age group in America . . . the 20 somethings! We spend nine months showing them how to walk as disciples of Jesus in their daily work lives and experience a “seamless faith.” Other large gifts locally go to support Celebrate Recovery, Alpha, our Benevolence Fund, an ESL Class for Refugees, and Camp Braveheart, a Christ-centered week of healing for children who have lost a parent or sibling.
Our newest partnership is with Bishop Andudu, a godly and effective leader from the Nuba Mountains in Sudan, now living in exile (due to death threats). God has raised him up to oversee all the refugee and immigrant churches in our diocese and in the greater Anglican Church in North America – potentially 30+ churches on the East Coast. Bishop Andudu is a tremendous leader with godly character and a long history of faithful ministry. What could be more life-giving and encouraging to our refugee friends than to raise up churches that disciple them and their children in their own language and culture??
17% to Rwanda. As a practice, we always aim to give a “hand up” and not a “handout.” We want to lift our Rwandan friends out of poverty in Jesus’ name and strengthen the local church and her ministry to children and building disciples. We are careful to let the Rwandans lead such efforts and never fully fund salaries or programs. Why? So the Rwandans themselves can be active partners and givers since it is their country and their church. They are a bright and gifted people, and it is our goal simply to walk alongside them. When our deeply held convictions resulted in a decision by the Episcopal Church to revoke our ecclesiastical covering, the Rwandan Bishops came to our rescue. As a result, the Rwandans lost millions of dollars in grants over the next ten years. So, it is with great joy that we walk together. In Rwanda we will continue to build schools and churches, feed the most destitute children, fund microfinance initiatives, fund self-sustainability, and help financially support our missionaries there (the Ottermans, the Walshes, and the Hanlons).
14% to International. The hidden travesty in church missions is that 3 BILLION people out of 7.7 Billion in the world (39%) have never heard the name of Jesus, nor do they have access to a Bible in their native tongue or a local church. Yet, less than ½ of 1% of church mission funding goes toward efforts to reach them?? Unbelievable. So, we are increasing the percentage we give to truly unreached peoples. We are supporting disciple-making missionaries and Bible translators in the unreached parts of Sudan, Iraq, Iran, India, Egypt, Albania, and Japan as well other places. If you would like more information about any of these mission opportunities or would like to serve in one of these areas, please contact Shannon Nunnally, our Missions Coordinator at Shannon@chsroanoke.com.
We have made these financial commitments in faith. We trust God to place it on the hearts of His people to give generously to our church so that we meet these mission obligations. We are grateful to all of you who are giving sacrificially or tithing to CHS in order that we can fund all of these incredible ministries.
+Quigg and Shannon