The stewardship department encourages faithful financial support of the Lord’s work through spiritual motivation. It has a selection of materials to assist the church in educating church members in faithful tithing and support of church budget.


Offertory Reading


It was a typical Sabbath morning. Nancy Axelson, a retired nurse and prison ministry enthusiast, sat in the fellowship hall before Sabbath School with five letters on the table from inmates throughout the state of Indiana. She looked forward to receiving those letters every Sabbath. However, this particular Sabbath, her eyes opened up wide as she found a check printed by the State penitentiary for the amount of $186.76, addressed to the Marion SDA Church.

Sister Nancy read the two-page letter to find a powerful testimony. An inmate had learned about tithing while reading the Bible from cover to cover. Although he had been sending tithe to the church for the last 18 months, he realized, like Zacchaeus, that he owed God back tithes from the 20 dollars he occasionally received from his mother over the last 10 years. With nine dollars left in his pocket, he sent all of his hard-earned money as tithe. He figured that he should not rob God anymore. He also turned down the opportunity of making three dollars a day because it would require him to work on Sabbath. He prefers to keep his job of cleaning toilets, making $1.25 a week, rather than having to work on Sabbath.

His faithfulness in tithing and Sabbath-keeping are paired with his passion for sharing Christ. He has brought another inmate to Christ and constantly shares the Good News with others. One day, may each one of us, along with this faithful inmate, hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord” (Matt. 25:23).




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