GCFA Thankful for Faithful Giving to World Service Fund During Recession

April 28, 2011

The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) for The United Methodist Church has expressed gratitude that "the faithful and committed members" of the Church gave $70,850,000 to the World Service Fund in 2010, a year GCFA acknowledges was a stressful one for individuals, families, local churches, Annual Conferences, and the global UMC.

Such sacrificial giving supports the connectional ministries of the Church and is "another example of the people of God giving to the glory of God," according to GCFA General Secretary and Treasurer A. Moses Rathan Kumar.
 
In a letter to bishops, Kumar noted that 15 Annual Conferences paid 100% of their apportioned funds last year (compared to 18 in 2009), while an additional four – Upper New York, Texas, Susquehanna, and Rio Grande Conferences – paid 100% to the World Service Fund.
 
Giving to the apportioned funds supports the universities and seminaries developing Christian leaders, provides missionaries to work with the underserved and poor of the world, provides a network of support for congregations, and supports efforts to eliminate the diseases of poverty – all in accordance with the Four Areas of Focus of the Church.