Local Church Budget

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AUTHOR: Angel J. Rodriguez

Oshkosh is the largest Pathfinder event in the North American Division. It meets once every five years. But a church in Texas had a problem. They had elected a new director and staff for their Pathfinder club just nine months before Oshkosh.


The new leader said, “We have little money in our Pathfinder fund in the church budget. Oshkosh is expensive. How can we raise enough money to attend?”


They consulted with the former Pathfinder director to get ideas. How could their small group find money to pay for transportation, food, the entrance fee, and all the incidentals that are part of Oshkosh?


The church board gave permission for placards, donation boxes, and other promotions. They had some response, but the club was always short of their goals each month.


On Pathfinder Day, they made a special appeal. “We have done all we know to do, but we’re running out of time. Can you please help us?”


People made more donations than usual. Everyone kept praying. The children watched the goals. Parents wondered if they could somehow give a little more. Church members found extra funds to help meet the deadline.


When the time came, the Pathfinders went to Oshkosh. The entire church received a blessing!


How did it happen? Leadership counseled together. The church worked together. When there were no funds for ministry, they brought the matter before the Lord. “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14