Dear Valued Members and Friends,
2014 was a whirlwind, characterized by God's continual blessings on America's Christian Credit Union for our dedication to helping unite forever families. Our Adoption Loan Program allows parents all over the country to adopt children when it may not be a financial option for them otherwise.
In February, we were proud to announce we had funded our 1,000th adoption loan since the program began in 2009 and celebrated it by giving a $1,000 grant to the family! It was a special milestone and we are happy to announce that we are well over 1,100 adoption loans for 2014. This was just the beginning of the many incredible moments we were able to experience because of this special ministry.
On September 16, I had the distinct privilege to be presented with the Angel in Adoption™ award by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), after being selected by Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi. Words cannot express my gratitude to the adoption community for recognizing all the hard work done at ACCU on behalf of children that have no home. Chairman of the Board for ACCU, Norm Sauvé, and fellow Board member, Dr. Kevin Mannoia, were able to join me among others in Washington D.C. for this inspiring event.
Little did we know that this award would bring so many more opportunities to promote the cause of adoption and the miracle of uniting forever families. In the weeks following the award, the Glendora Unified School District and the City of Glendora, where ACCU is headquartered, presented us with Certificates of Recognition because of our commitment to defending the cause of the fatherless.
During the Twelfth Annual Celebration of Adoption in October, New Beginnings International Children's and Family Services, Inc. awarded us the 2014 Adoption Service Award! Then in November, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption announced America's Christian Credit Union as one of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces for 2014 in the U.S. for the second year in a row.
I had the privilege of being presented a Certificate of Recognition by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and by Congressman Ed Royce on December 16, for our many accomplishments in the field of adoption. To be recognized by one of the largest cities in the country is truly a humbling experience, and I am overjoyed at the attention being paid to this cause because of the work God is doing through us.
All of these amazing accomplishments would not have been possible without your commitment and support to America's Christian Credit Union. As you may already know, funds entrusted to us by over 50,000 members are reinvested into churches, ministries, and programs like our Adoption Loan Program. We pray that in 2015, God will take these investments and do miraculous things beyond our comprehension, and we are confident of this because He has proven himself over and over.
Blessings in the New Year,
Mendell L. Thompson