”For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” — Hebrews 6:10
Thank you for ministering to us so that we can minister to others.
It seems the number one topic is the changing economy. Anxiety is up, and the Stock Market is down — way down. Americans have lost a staggering sum as a result of plummeting stocks, falling home prices, and diminished retirement savings. Some have lost their jobs. The negative media sees no hope. Our confused government does not seem to have any solutions. A new book has been printed, “Snow White and the Five Dwarfs.” They had to lay off two because of the economy (probably Grumpy and Dopey) (Smile). Because of the economy, it seems to be a trend for churches to “rethink” (new buzz word) their mission programs. I recently had two churches inform me that they are “rethinking” their mission programs toward “foreign” and “much-needed” missions. Both informed me that my last monthly support check of $100 was in the mail. I responded to both churches expressing “thanks” for the many years they did support me. As other missionaries, I was excited when they began to support me and disappointed when they dropped my support. Naturally, every missionary has been affected. (In today’s mail, another church dropped support for one of our missionaries.) It seems when missionaries are needed the most, they are now hindered by the economy. Veteran missionaries are returning home while missionaries are hesitant to go. Years ago missionaries never expected to face this type of problem.
I have decided that my new buzz word will be “rethank.” I want to “rethank” you who continue to support and pray and make our unique Deaf ministry possible. Also, some churches have responded to the economy to help missionaries stay on the field. They are increasing present support or sending special one-time gifts to help offset declines and inflation. During this time, we are reminded that we are stewards who will give an account to our Master when He returns. I personally think that the fallen economy has been very healthy to make us “rethink” how we should more wisely invest the Lord’s money until He returns. We also need to be reminded that the Lord has not changed His Great Commission which has His promise, “and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20). I think it is wise for all to “rethink” the purpose of our existence.
At SWM we also did some “rethinking.” We prepared to operate monthly within the current incoming funds without any new budget increases. We did not cut back in the areas that generate our ministry. We continue to operate our “free” ministries as the Lord provides: SW newspaper, Bible Institute (800 Deaf students), tracts, and much literature. We continue to operate a debt-free ministry and only build as the Lord provides. We promise you that we will be good stewards to use your gifts, investments and support wisely to bring the best eternal benefits. We had 533 professions of salvation in 2008, and our 24/7 ministry continues to grow beyond our expectations. We humbly bow our heads and hearts to give God the glory for the “great things He hath done.” As we “rethink” we “rethank” you who support our unique ministry and missionaries to the Deaf. This year SWM missionaries will be going to Africa, Taiwan, Bolivia, Philippines, Ukraine, Brazil, and Mexico. We are conducting over 20 “Fantastic Saturdays” in major cities. Our goal is to minister to the Deaf “…both in Jerusalem, Judaea, Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Our ministry is both “Home” and “Foreign.” Thank you for giving, so that we can “Give ourselves to the ministry of the Word.”
Until He Returns,
Ted Camp, “His” Steward
Countries Our Ministry and Missionaries Have Served
USA/Guam – Togo Africa – Canada – Philippines – Bahamas – China – Puerto Rico – Peru
Virgin Islands -Belize – Cuba – India – Brazil – urks & Caicos Islands – St. Lucia Island
St. Kitts Island -Guatemala – Mexico – Bolivia – Ukraine – Australia – Haiti – New Zealand