GS Desk November 2017

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

One of the essential components of the FES ministry is our staff. The ministry staff are important as they are in positions of influence, being at the forefront of the work – reaching and discipling students. The support staff (in admin, finance, communications and resource) have essential roles to ensure the ministry staff are empowered to do their functions well. However, it is commonly known that FES, at least for now, is unable to compensate them with the equivalent amount they can get in secular professions.

In my conversations with our staff, I often ask them why they still choose to work and serve in FES despite the lack of financial gains and security. Here are some of their answers.

“I serve, out of a love for God and wanting to make a difference in the students’ lives. Being able to see how God can transform their lives through this ministry is worth more than what money can give.”

“I am in FES with the conviction that God is calling me to this ministry. Being elsewhere is simply an act of disobedience.”

“Deciding to work and serve in FES did not come easy. There were other job offers with more lucrative financial gains back then. However, after having calculated all the risks and costs involved, I decided with a clear mind knowing what is to come. I do not expect a luxurious and comfortable life, but instead I look forward to see God’s provision being sufficient in all times.”

I think, in one way or another, they have made great sacrifices, paid quite a hefty cost, and are bearing the cross that God has entrusted to them.

To this end, I am personally committed to ensure that we take care of their welfare adequately and responsibly. Every year, we try to give the equivalent of one month’s pay as our annual so-called Christmas Gift or 13th month bonus. Technically, it is called the Annual Wage Supplement (AWS). To do so, we need to raise close to $100,000 for our staff team of 28. For the past few years, we had to dip into our reserves to meet the shortfall from donations.

Kindly consider this appeal as one expression we can show to our staff that they are appreciated, and their sacrifice is not forgotten. You can indicate “For Staff AWS” in your cheque or bank standing instruction and we will administer it accordingly.

In the same month last year, I shared 2 Corinthians 8:13-14, in which Paul exhorts the church to be generous; his appeal is not to put pressure on one to bring relief to others, but is more of the principle of fair balance of those who are in abundance and those who are in need. This year I would like to end with an outcome we all long to see, as stated in the following verse:

“The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.” - 2 Corinthians 8:15, NRSV

 

In His grace,
 

Lisman Komaladi
General Secretary
November 2017

 

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