Finance

Sending them…in a manner worthy of God’.

This heading comes from 3 John 6, where John is writing to
his ‘dear friend Gaius’. In this letter John expresses his joy at hearing how Gaius is living in ‘faithfulness to the truth’.  John goes on to describe how Gaius should act towards those who have gone out ‘for the sake of the Name’ i.e those who have been sent out as Christian workers, receiving ‘no help from the pagans’ to sustain them in their ministry activities.  He states that Gaius should ‘send them on their way in a manner worthy of God’ (3 John 6, ESV).

John Piper highlights that this ‘sending’ phrase occurs in the New Testament nine times, with the best explanation of it coming in Titus 3:13 – ensuring ‘that they have everything they need’.1 So sending someone ‘in a manner worthy of God’ means ensuring ‘they have everything they need’ for the task they have been sent to do. Today ‘everything’ includes prayer, finance and pastoral support among other things.

It is not just one individual or church that provides this support (for some, their source of funds might come from local employment in a ministry context). Nonetheless, each is required to do their responsible part.

Again, we are thankful to the Lord for the many readers who are contributing toward OMF workers being sent ‘in a manner worthy of God’. Thank you for your praying, giving and other practical involvements in serving the Lord, which contributes significantly to seeing workers well supported as evidenced financially by our figures below.

If you would like more information about praying for and giving to OMF visit: omf.org/uk/get-involved.

Darren Wall
Director for Finance & Corporate Services

  1. John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad (Nottingham 2003), p.236.

The financial situation for the first six months of 2018 is:

OMF Actual Income

£2888k

Target Income

£3033K

Percent of total target income received

(Member support gifts £2282k)

99%

(General Donations/Other Income £242k)

89%

(Legacies £364k)

81%

Received income as a percentage of required income.