Greetings in Christ, and Happy New Year!
A new decade has arrived, and we are all so blessed!
The New Year is a special time. For many, it is a time of reflection. Often the new year sparks a commitment to pursue new goals. Here at America’s Christian Credit Union, there is a lot happening behind the scenes. Our team is working fervently on some exciting changes. And I can say with all confidence that our team has never been sharper, more forward-looking, and more dedicated to serving our members and our mission.
This year brings a significant change in my own life, as I will be retiring on March 31st. This will bring to a close, my 43 years of employment at ACCU, of which 34 has been as your President/CEO. I remain very humbled and honored by the trust instilled in me by the many Boards I have served, as well as by over 105,000 members that ACCU presently serves, and the absolute tremendous and dedicated team that lives our mission out every day to serve you with the best of financial services and products. Their missional heart is evident, and I have been so blessed to be a part of the ACCU team. Although there have been many economic turns we’ve experienced during these years, we have always been profitable every year, remain aware of our deep mission and dependence on Him, and have seen continued growth and success every year. This past year is no different, as our growth exceeded both internal and national goals, with equity stronger than ever, and managed assets of over $500 million.
I remain so blessed, to be ending my career with the ability to hand off ACCU in a very strong financial and missional position. We’ve never been stronger. As noted, you will be in great hands with an outstanding team that is ready to seize the moment such as this. This has been a season of my life, and that of my families that I will always cherish and be indebted to. And yet, I am equally as excited for this new season of my life, as it will afford me the chance to spend more time with my wife, Reanna, of 44 years….my family which includes 4 amazing grandchildren….continue to serve on a few Boards that I am on….continue to serve the City of Glendora as a Councilman….travel…..and explore new opportunities of service and ministry that the Lord will reveal….and so much more.
As we look to move beyond the excitement of our past decades together - looking forward to the 2020's - our mission and financial strength have never been stronger! At the time of crafting this letter, we are quickly approaching our 2,000th adoption loan funded, have over $260 million invested in Church financing, and finished the year with over $500 million in total assets under management – to name just a few of milestones.
We are humbled to have so many great members. Those who have joined together pooling their resources, and who have stepped into the void in support Kingdom-building endeavors described in 1 Peter 4:10.
Let me end with my life’s verse….Jeremiah 29:11….knowing that the Lord’s promise is true, that He knows the plans for us, plans for welfare and not calamity, to give us a hope and a future. Our hope is deeply rooted in Him, our future is bright and strong, and ACCU is poised for continued great success. Thanks for your support, and for allowing me to share this journey with each one of you.
As always — to God be the Glory! Together we will "run with perseverance, the race marked out for us." (Hebrews 12:1)
Blessings in Christ,
Mendell L. Thompson