Dear Valued Members and Friends,
The Spring is a special time for me each year. Not only does the greenery sprout back to life and daylight linger longer, but the season reminds me of the privilege it has been to serve America's Christian Credit Union's mission oriented members. Early this month, my anniversary with the credit union occurred, so I stopped to reflect on what these past 40 years have taught me. And when I think back on how those years have shaped me, I settle on one word: “Reach.” Working in the ACCU community, for the members of ACCU, I've been transformed by the first command of our mission.
None of the 40 years have been the same, but each has taught the ACCU team and
myself to reach further. Every year, our staff has come together to think comprehensively, strategically and intuitively to discover new ways we can support our members as they live to bring the Kingdom to the communities in which they reside. No one size fits all, so we find ourselves in a perpetual state of reaching further for greater and more innovative ways to serve. And as I think about it more, it is because of YOU that ACCU has become the conduit to the culture-shaping initiatives in which we proudly invest.
Most recently, we have felt and heard the need for more Christian leaders in higher education and across all fields of discipline. Romans 12:2 encapsulates this calling when it commands us to “not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." As tuition prices continue to rise for this invaluable opportunity, we knew we had to identify new ways to be a partner in the pursuit of Christian higher education. So, we reached.
In 2017 we are humbled to be able to offer four new ways to allow you to engage in the area of higher education, however you play a role. For the member who has exhausted the years to study on campus, we have partnered with Olivet Nazarene University to provide a discount and priority access to Christian online education. For the institutions committed to providing high quality higher education, we partnered with the parent agency, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, to offer financial services from an institution with shared missional beliefs. For the parent or family friend of a college student who is trying to determine how to make their university experience a possibility in the face of intimidating tuition prices, we created the Parent Loan. And for the student getting ready to graduate with a handful of loans in different places, we created the debt consolidation program.
When I started here forty years ago, I never thought we'd be in the place we are now. To think we would be 112,000+ members strong and with a firm footing in the Christian Higher Education world would have made me laugh. But because of your tenacity, we've reached and stretched and grown and become something better than we could have dreamt for ourselves. For that, I am blessed. May the Lord bless you and reveal to you where he might have you REACH in this new Spring season.
Blessings in Christ,
Mendell L. Thompson