We live in a world that is rapidly changing. There are more shootings, tragic accidents, credit card debt, drug overdoses, suicides, divorce and all kinds of losses causing personal grief. It can get overwhelming. I had no idea that when I put the key in the door of the SCSM building in 2004 that the needs would be so great and that God would use Spiritual Care Support Ministries in the way it is being used to help others. This ministry is needed more than ever. You can read stories of lives changed in our newsletter or in our book, and you can talk with these people as well. Powerful, life changing moments happen that have eternal value at our center whenever God sends us to help those in need.
I recently sat down with my husband Arvid who is the SCSM Treasurer to get a clear picture of how we are doing financially at SCSM. I believe in being transparent, so I would like to share this information with you so that you can pray for this ministry as well as give as God puts it on your heart. You can go to our website and see the Treasurer’s report for 2015, which includes information from 2004 when the ministry began in Virginia.
This is the most recent update. For the first nine months of 2016 (1Q-3Q), our expenditures have significantly exceeded our income, which has resulted in a deficit of approximately $26,000. At this same time last year, we only had a deficit of approximately $3,000. Therefore, we would so much appreciate your continued financial support, so that we can erase this deficit and finish this year “Deficit Free.” As in all previous years, the SCSM Board (including the President and CEO) are all “volunteers” and do not receive any compensation. We have had two part-time employees (administrator and receptionist) for approximately the last two years.
How did I feel after receiving this report? I felt sad, but not because people have not given to this ministry. How would we have lasted this long if you did not give? I felt sad because I see the work that our volunteers are doing every day as well as our paid employees. I felt sad because I know the enemy of our soul wants us defeated and he would love for this ministry to end. However, I have walked with God long enough to know that God has our back and He will provide. He will make a way for us and I cannot wait to see how it all plays out. God is faithful. Will you believe with us and rejoice with us to see what God can and will do?