Dear Valued Member,

Happy New Year from all of us at America’s Christian Credit Union! As we enter 2018 with great excitement, we are also humbly reflecting on all that the year 2017 was for us. God surprised us with more members, more ministry opportunities, and more abundant blessings than we could have imagined. All of which brings me back to my life verse, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” As each month of the past year unfolded, we were increasingly awestruck by how great a “hope and future” God had in mind for ACCU.

In November, we announced the launch of our first Cash Back Visa® Card, the Signature Rewards credit card. This new card allows members to save with a low interest rate, earn rewards points quicker than before and still generate monetary gifts to our GiveBack partners: World Mission Broadcast (a project of The Church of the Nazarene), New Beginnings Adoption & Family Services, and The Legacy Center. Since rolling out this card, we have received hundreds of inquiries from members interested in this unique means of giving back. This is just another way our talented team transforms everyday activities into Kingdom-building opportunities.

December was stuffed full with toy drives for foster children in the community, Christmas celebrations, and many sweet treats. None, however, was sweeter than the news we received from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Last January, we announced the $100,000 grant given to the CCCU for the purpose of evaluating and analyzing the economic impact of Christian higher education. With federal funding potentially in jeopardy, this study sought to identify the quantitative value Christian higher education represents in the economy. This study took a deep-dive look at Azusa Pacific University (APU), and ultimately identified the institution’s $1.25 billion impact on the Californian economy. A closer look reveals that APU’s positive economic impact includes $37 million in state tax revenues and the creation of 7,260 jobs statewide. At the macro level, this study also unveiled the CCCU’s collective national economic impact of $60 billion dollars annually (or $166 million a day). With a mustard seed of hope and a generous ACCU grant, God revealed some monumental truths, and we look forward to the fruit that the CCCU survey will produce as it continues to advance faith and intellect for the common good.

As January begins, we are eager to announce the start of our “60 Years Strong” campaign, celebrating God’s faithfulness throughout the Credit Union’s history, allowing it to thrive for six decades. However, at the conclusion of our strongest financial year yet, we created a pre-celebration for the 60th, blessing 47 ministries with far-reaching impact because we had been greatly blessed. From adoption and foster care, to disaster relief, to homeless ministry, to missionary support and pastoral care, these monetary year-end blessings were the best way we knew how to manifest the heart of our members and steward this financially strong year.

Journeying with the 60th campaign through each month will reveal a theme that highlights one of our core priorities as an institution, while we also promote and stage 60th anniversary events, share member stories, give out prizes, and more! Stay "in the know" with us and keep an eye on your inbox for more information. We are immensely grateful and humbled by God's story filled with miracles and divine grace for 60 years, but with expectant hearts, we look toward the future for even greater manifestations of His power. Join us as we celebrate 60 years strong!

Sincerely in Christ,

Mendell L. Thompson