I have the fine honor of serving on the Christian Church Foundation Board of Directors, and along with my husband, Henry, have become part of the Foundation’s family. I have seen first-hand how great care is given in this financial ministry to grow the church’s money. As a representative of “the person in the pew,” I am totally confident in our mission on behalf of the church: “The Christian Church Foundation helps Disciples make a difference forever and discover the joy of serving Christ through sharing their resources.”
It is in this context that Henry and I have joyously become a part of the many who give in a different way. I am a third generation Disciple; my grandfather came to the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ through the evangelistic outreach of Disciples of Christ missionaries in Puerto Rico at the turn of the 20th century. I have, along with many others, been left with the legacy of serving our church; not to consider what the church can do for me, but what I can do for the church.
This passion was handed down by my grandfather, Rev. Jesus Maria Rodriguez, “Don Suncho.” He was a church planter and church grower under the discipleship of Vere C. Carpenter, a beloved Kentucky-born missionary who taught my grandfather and others about the belief in the Bible as the unadulterated Word of God, and the Disciples Affirmation, “Where the scriptures speak, we speak; where the scriptures are silent, we are silent.”
It is with this love for our Lord Jesus Christ and for our church that my husband and I established a permanent fund in memory of “Don Suncho,” and have included a gift in our estate plans to further benefit this fund. Our hope is that this fund will assist Hispanic seminary students both in Puerto Rico and the United States.
We urge our Disciples brothers and sisters to consider putting a gift to the Foundation in your will, so that you also can become a part of God’s work and service forever. Rest in the words of 2 Corinthians 9:12, “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”