“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” Philippians 2:14–15.
Those words, written many years ago by the Apostle Paul, express his deepest hope for the Christians at Philippi, and echo down the centuries to all of us today. The “crooked and perverse generation” he spoke of seems to be even more so today, and yet in the midst of greater darkness, light shines even brighter!
Trust is Sacred
As a supporting lay ministry, we have never forgotten that the trust and love of our supporters is the only way we exist. And this means we want to continue to do our utmost to retain that trust.
From the beginning of this divinely ordained ministry, 3ABN has hired independent auditors to thoroughly scrutinize our financial affairs and business practices.
“Our yearly audits usually last three weeks and are conducted by five or six auditors,” says 3ABN financial director, Brian Hamilton. “The purpose of an audit is to substantiate that our statement of financial position is accurate, and that it meets acceptable accounting practices. They verify our numbers and also check our accounting methods, including our checks and balances—the intentional steps we take to assure that there is never a problem with misappropriation of funds. Auditors insure that our statement is accurate and dependable, and that our finances are carefully handled. And they are thorough!” he adds.
“This is my fourth year with 3ABN, and we’ve always received a clean audit report each year. We’re happy to be working with this firm, as it is one of the most respected firms in our area.”
Some years ago, a complaint to the Internal Revenue Service brought government auditors to our campus. For weeks and months they scrutinized every transaction, every bill, and every donation to this ministry. But after inspecting over 100,000 pages of documents, they found no irregularities and simply walked away without issuing any warnings or fines.
Praise God, we can stand with our heads held high!
A High Calling
Each of us are called to this same high standard in our personal dealings with others. Each of us must one day give an account of our affairs—all of our affairs—to the God of the Universe.
We stand with you, as good stewards, holding onto God’s promises: “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6.