Together, We Are Enduring
The redwoods are known for their amazing length of life – on average, a redwood will stand for 600 years. Not many things live that long on the earth.
Earlier in my life, I thought the Cooperative Program would continue for a lifetime. It is a proven method for congregations of all sizes in joining together to support the largest mission enterprise and channel in the history of the Church. I’ve become aware that unless people believe in the mission channel of the Cooperative Program and support it, it will become endangered.
My father was born the same year the Cooperative Program began, which was in 1925. He was a great Christian example for his three sons and an inspiration year after year to a Sunday school class of boys. He led many of those boys to place their faith in Christ. He was a quiet but steady man of faith and had a love for helping others. The church we attended while I was growing up also taught us the value of the Cooperative Program. Sadly, my father died when he was 47 years old. I doubt a day goes by that I don’t think of him in one way or another. My father stood for the things he believed in and I do too. I believe in the Lord Jesus and I believe in the Cooperative Program.
As a church body, our legacy can continue through the Cooperative Program, but we need to keep investing in it for it to flourish.
We need to be like redwoods and give back to the Lord through the ministries that offer the opportunity to see life change in people groups in every possible place in the world! Together, we are giving opportunity for others to hear about Jesus. Together, our legacy will outlast the redwoods and will give glory to God for all eternity.
Written by Dr. David A. Waganer
“A house is built by wisdom, and it is established by understanding; by knowledge the rooms are filled with every precious and beautiful treasure.” Proverbs 24:3-4 (Holman Christian Standard Bible