Dear members and friends,
It's fall and students are back to school. As we embark on another season, we are excited to see what God can do through our partnership with you. We have seen amazing things happen thanks to God's provisional hand upon us.
We recently announced the recipient of our quarterly adoption grant. The Lyles have adopted in the past and found their next child as they were completing their most recent adoption in Africa. While it was not in their plan to return home with two new daughters, it was in God's plan. They returned to Africa in September to finalize the last adoption and complete their family with the help of ACCU funds.
As we continue to grow our adoption ministry through the help of member's investments, it continues to draw more attention from organizations around the country. On September 3, 2013, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption announced that ACCU was fourth for small businesses for the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in the US. This is the second recognition ACCU has received this year, including the Friend of Adoption award presented by the National Council for Adoption in June.
This summer, we awarded five scholarships to students enrolled in college or graduate school. We value the pursuit of higher education, and want to thank all who applied for their dedication to education. We are proud to call you our members. See what our 2013 scholarship recipients have to say here!
Another significant event that occurs ever year during the transition between summer and fall is new student orientation. ACCU has been involved with Azusa Pacific University and Point Loma Nazarene University for many years and returns on campus at the start of every school year to welcome back students with prizes, drawings, and fun. We value the partnership with these universities as they help emulate the teaching aspect of our mission with strong Christian values. To all students: may God's grace and guidance continue to keep you and direct you in your studies as you seek Him.
In the midst of our 55th year in business we can't help but recognize you, the member-owner for offering continual support to your credit union. All of these amazing things would not be possible without you or the God we both serve. Thank you for your partnership. May your days be as blessed as ours because of this partnership.
Mendell L. Thompson