HISTORY OF MISSIONS

GENERATIONS OF FAITHFULNESS


HISTORY OF MISSIONS AT EATON EFC

On May 17, 1900 our church fellowship voted to support its first missionary. FO Bergstrom received pledges to go as a missionary to Japan.

The first Mission Board began in January 1949. This Board included the Pastor, Church Chairman and others elected at the annual meeting.

In 1949 Verla Peterson Whitaker was called to the mission field in Venezuela. The Sunday School voted to give her one-half of her support. (At this time the Sunday School was having a difficult time paying for operating expenses).

In order to get everyone interested and help support Verla, the Sunday School purchased a church birthday bank. Each Sunday all the classes met together for the first 15 minutes and at this time everyone that had a birthday the past week gave their age in money to the bank. This together with the Sunday School offerings made it possible to meet her monthly support. It wasn’t long before the Sunday School gave a report that Verla’s support was being met each month and the Sunday School had ample money to meet operating expenses.

Since 1900 over 75 missionaries have been supported by our Church and Sunday School.

HOW MISSIONARIES ARE FUNDED

All of the missionaries our church sends to the mission field serve in ministries known as “faith missions”. These missionaries do not automatically receive a salary but, by faith look to the Lord and His people for their financial needs. God provides for their needs through financial partners who feel led of the Lord to invest in their ministry. Each missionary must raise 100% of required support to cover anticipated costs for personal and ministry expenses according to the requirements of his/her mission.

The Eaton EFC Mission Board prepares a yearly missions budget. The only funds the Mission Board can use are those designated as “Missions” in the offering. Also during the church’s capital building campaign, 10% of the monies given will be given to the “Mission Fund”. It is with these funds that the Mission Board prayerfully evaluates each missionary and ministry, the support that is needed, and makes commitments as funds are available.

A contribution to the General Mission Fund, to an individual or a missionary family through the church is generally tax deductible.

Many in our church family also pledge further support to individual missionaries. All of these contributions are sent to the mission organization in which the missionary serves and are not a part of our church’s mission budget.

If you would like to support our Mission Fund or an individual our church supports you can contact the Mission Board Chairman Donn Parmelee.