The Impact Fund is essential to all areas of EMM’s mission. It enables EMM to recruit and send workers, cover some of the cost of worker support, update constituents through publications like Missionary Messenger, provide salaries and benefits for the staff who support these activities, and much more. A charitable gift for which you do not indicate a preference will benefit the Impact Fund.
In 2017, 46 churches each gave over $5,000, and 28 churches each gave over $10,000.
Metzler Mennonite Church, a 290-year-old congregation in Ephrata, Pa., has made the work of EMM a long-time priority. When asked why his church gives regularly to EMM’s Impact Fund, Deacon Lee Roy Martin said:
The Metzler congregation has a long history of supporting the work of EMM. During EMM’s earlier years in Tanganikya (now Tanzania), a member of our congregation served as a missionary. Throughout the years since then, members have served with EMM at home and abroad. Interest in missions remains strong when members connect on a personal level with those serving. Our congregation provides a subscription to Missionary Messenger for each family, as another way to help keep the congregation informed and connected.
We believe in the importance of supporting the mission efforts of our conference and have included EMM on our offering schedule for many years. Our congregation continues to provide support because we trust EMM to faithfully live out Jesus’ call to go into all the world and make disciples. The mission statement of EMM aligns with the mission statement of our congregation. EMM is an extension of our congregation’s vision, enabling us to reach beyond ourselves.
By supporting EMM, we are helping to share God’s transforming love and participating in God’s mission in the world.
EMM considers its relationship with churches to be like a family, as we all work together toward the life-transforming mission of God. This means that EMM encourages and resources the missional work of local congregations — at the same time, we rely on churches to support local and global mission work. EMM is incredibly thankful for churches like Metzler Mennonite Church.
Perhaps your church is considering supporting EMM financially. Lee Roy shared some advice, as your church explores this possibility:
You should view the decision as more than a financial one. Supporting EMM is a privilege and an opportunity to participate in enlarging the kingdom of God.
If you feel that God may be asking your church to give regularly to EMM’s Impact Fund, I invite you to give here. I am also happy to discuss church giving with you; contact me. EMM would be delighted to partner with your church, as together we work toward making disciples of Jesus locally and around the world!
Kaylene Derksen serves as Development director at EMM.