We have launched for the NCU Church family the 2015-2016 Sabbath School Investment initiative. As brief historical reminder: Sabbath School Investment (SSI) has been around in the Seventh-day Adventist Church for more than 100 years.
The idea was to garner monetary means for acquiring or doing things for the church that tithes and offerings were, and are still not, intended to do. As early as the 1880s, church members in North America sought ways to fund specific projects through SSI — such as purchasing camp meeting equipment. People were encouraged to designate some specific project to the Lord and let Him bless it in a way that would provide a monetary return.
Some sceptics decided to commit a non-producing fruit tree or an infertile field — just to see what would happen.
Even they got amazing results. Apple trees that had never borne well produced bushels during the first season the Lord was in charge. Fields that had fallen into disuse were re-purposed and yielded bumper crops. Eventually people became convinced that the Lord would bless anything and everything that was put into His care on behalf of His work.
By 1900 this unique investment plan was used for various projects worldwide; and by 1908 it was being implemented by divisions around the globe. In 1925 the General Conference officially designated the plan as the Sabbath School Investment Fund.
Proceeds over the years have gone toward support of a designated venture or project — into purchasing items helpful in an outreach programme or that are essential to the smooth functioning of the church.
Our last project was an AMAZING SUCCESS!
We had set a Fund goal in November 2013 of J$300,000 to purchase for our Dorado Pathfinders a drum set. Twenty-five or more Sabbath School members signed up, joyfully designating proceeds from a range of individual projects — from sales of backyard produce to savings on doctors’ bills and taxi fares — to see us realise our goal. We surpassed the goal! In January 2015 we had an accumulated total of J$321,000; and the Pathfinders were able to purchase their shiny new drum set, plus an array of other instruments, on which, together, Pastor Harvey prayed God’s blessing in a ceremony of dedication.
As recommended by the Church board, we want to further support our model Pathfinders — this time with purchase of a high-tech Yamaha keyboard, which they’ll use to the Glory of God in outdoor evangelistic crusades they conduct every May. We want also, though, to use returns this year to purchase an additional item, one necessary for the smooth running and comfort of the church: a drinking water fountain — one that is also state of the art. The combined total goal we are setting to arrive at by December 31st, 2016 is, once again, J$300,000 — J$250, 000 for the keyboard, and J$50,000 for the fountain. We are thus encouraging ALL church members (who are automatically also Sabbath School members) to give some thought to a project of your choosing and let anyone of your SSI officers know. Better yet, why not share regularly details of and stories surrounding your project in this space with other NCU Church Facebook readers?!
Nurture and feed your project, then watch it GROW
NB: You may from time to time drop into the offering plate, in a tithe envelope, $ returns from your project. Write on the envelope ‘SSI’, and the Church treasurer will record it as such. SAMPLE INVESTMENTS 2013-14 1. Loose coins 2. Premium on personal grades 3. Premium on children’s grades 4. Savings from cooking own lunch/taking to work a sandwich (instead of buying from the cafeteria) 5. Savings on taxi fares 6. Savings on doctors’ fees Birthing of first grandchild 7. Toll road savings 8. Sales of produce from dedicated garden or fruit tree 9. A double tithe 10. Credit from paying utility bill early 11. Windfall bank interest payment
Co-directors - Bros Bernard Headley and Hermon Douce Secretary - Bro Ronald Clarke Elder in charge - Elder Lilieth Scarlett