As we look back on 2021, I’m not sure any of us would have thought we would still be dealing with a worldwide pandemic. However, we find COVID-19 continues to bring stress and challenges to individuals, families, schools, businesses, governments, and churches. These challenges have forced us to learn and grow in ways we never thought possible. We are ready to be ‘back to normal,’ be in the same room with people without a mask, and offer handshakes and warm hugs after a worship service. Who knows what ‘normal’ will look like after the pandemic is over, but we know we will be stronger and more faithful because of what we have encountered.
At The Methodist Foundation for Arkansas, we have adapted to provide the quality service you have come to expect. Through all the markers used to determine success, the Foundation undoubtedly exceeded all of these in 2021. The total assets, the number of new accounts, the increase in new churches opening accounts, and a record year of grants have made for a very good 2021. You will see the numbers in this publication, but I hope you see the lives being changed. Through the local church, the Annual Conference, and grants made by the Foundation, the numbers do not mean anything if they don’t represent how inspiring ministry continues and disciples are being made.
I appreciate all the ways individuals and local churches support our work. May we celebrate 2021 and look for new ways to grow in 2022.
– Rev. J. Wayne Clark, President & CEO