Our Provident God richly blessed Greenville Seminary's 2015 year-end fund-raising campaign by leading His people to contribute a record $251,406, breaking the previous high mark set in 2012, when $174,899 was contributed by our faithful partners.
Our 2015 goal had been set at $180,000, which was exceeded by $71,406. Individual gifts dated during the campaign period of late November through Dec. 31 ranged from a few precious dollars to $40,000.
We call our year-end appeal GPTS Impact because it provides so much of the means through which our students are impacted by what this unique school offers. During our recent winter term, for example, one our most unusual courses, a church history class taught by Adjunct Professor Dr. C.N. Willborn, includes a tour of Presbyterian heritage sites in South Carolina. One student, Zack Groff, who took the most recent tour had this to say about how the class impacted him:
|Zack (background arms raised) shows his enthusiasm during tour|
of historic Johns Island Presbyterian Church near Charleston.
"I recently took part in Dr. Willborn's Presbyterian Church History course in which we toured parts of Columbia and Charleston to supplement our time in the classroom. The phrase that continually came to mind as I was experiencing the class was 'incredibly special,' and I can't shake those words out of my head. The class provides an incredibly special experience. Unlike any other trip I've been on, or lecture series I've heard, this class has clearly showed me the rich Presbyterian heritage which we have in our possession. Visiting what was formerly the Anson Street Mission in Charleston, where God used John Lafayette Girardeau to build up the Church among black and white brothers and sisters, was especially impacting for me. The account provided to us a beautiful picture of an ethnically integrated Church, united around the Word of God — taking place in the Antebellum South! This class is 'something special,' and I am so glad that I got to experience it."
Financial Report for January 2016
The tables below indicate our general operating fund financial situation as of the end of January 2015 and for the 2015-16 fiscal year through Jan. 31. Unrestricted general fund donations from churches and individuals during January totaled $28,611, which was $39,347 below the $67,958 budgeted for such income. Total income for January was $92,546, including $16,667 from a reserve stemming from an unbudgeted bequest. Expenses of $65,540 were $35,946 below the $101,486 budgeted for expenses. During January, we also received a $10,000 gift to reduce the principle of the mortgage on our campus. Thank you, again!
Still, we rely on our partners for 70 per cent of our operating needs, and we therefore continue to depend on your help as the second semester proceeds! Your gifts and prayers are vital to the accomplishment of our mission.
Will you give generously and pray earnestly for a continued strong financial foundation this month? We express our thanks to those who have already given.
GENERAL OPERATING FUND - JANUARY 2016
Donation Income (unrestricted)
GENERAL OPERATING FUND - FISCAL 2015-16
Other Income (see note below)*
Capital Campaign Goal
Long-term Pledges Outstanding
Total Received and Pledged
Monthly Payment (Interest Only)
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Most of all, be fervent in prayer that God would provide all that is needed for us to do what He has called us to do in this ministry which the church so badly needs in these uncommon times.
Remember, gifts to GPTS are tax-deductible and may include cash, securities, property or a variety of planned giving instruments. (The tax deduction is reduced by the fair market value of any premium received in return for a donation.) See here for information about planning your last will and testament with the Kingdom of God in mind.
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