I also want to remind you of the ultimate purpose of this challenge. Our being debt free in one year in not an end unto itself. Oak Crest being debt free is only a means to a greater end. It is for the purpose of more God glorifying ministry and mission effort. It is for the purpose of the Great Commission. There are many mission and ministry opportunities that we would love to be able to offer even more than prayer support, but currently we cannot because our budget does not allow for it. Of course, we continue to support efforts to reach the Lasa. You also probably know of a couple of other noble mission efforts. Certainly we could never provide financial support to all of these, but consider what we could do with $46,000 a year freed up for nothing other than gospel ministry. That is how much of our budget goes to debt retirement.
Our goal is to be debt free with as few fixed expenses as possible to free the most money possible for the most important word of sharing the gospel and discipling our people. Whether it is local ministry here in Midlothian or reaching Muslims around the world, we want to be stewards to God’s resources that he has called us to be.