2019 Annual Report Letter From Our Leadership
Dear Friends in Christ,
As we reflect on 2019 while preparing for the future, the Bible reminds us to trust God and to keep our focus on Jesus. So much of Jesus' ministry took place on and around the Sea of Galilee. When the disciples were caught in raging waters and thought they would drown, Jesus calmed the storm. In amazement, they asked, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Matthew, Mark and John record the miracle of Jesus walking on water. His disciples, who were sailing ahead of Him to Bethsaida, were terrified until Jesus said, “Take courage!” They responded by saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Like Jesus’ disciples, the Georgia United Methodist Foundation continues to be amazed by God’s abundant grace and your faithful support. As our denomination faces uncertain times, please be assured that we are committing to serving you and working together to chart a course for your spiritual and financial success.
In January 2020, GUMF is stronger financially than we have ever been. We ended the year with over $176 million in kingdom-focused assets under our care. We have over $31 million in loans for refinancing, expansions, renovations, and new construction to Georgia United Methodist churches and ministries. We also awarded over $75,000 in scholarships to help make education more affordable for the next generation of pastors and Christian leaders.
As this annual report goes to press, we pray for your health and safety. We continue to focus on our mission of empowering people to change lives. By providing financial solutions, resources, and training, we help foster healthy and vibrant congregations, ministries, and families. Even with the challenges we all face as a result of this pandemic, we hope that the stories you read in this year’s report will inspire and encourage you.
Thank you for trusting us and for blessing us with the opportunity to prudently manage your loans and investments as we impact lives together in the name of Christ!
DAVID A. DUKE REV. KEITH E. LAWDER
BOARD CHAIR PRESIDENT/CEO