A Letter from the President
August 9, 2019
The Talents and Shekels of Ministry
In the great Exodus, Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, across the Red Sea, and into the wilderness. During their encampment at Mount Sinai, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and specific instructions on how to build a portable tabernacle. The purpose of Moses’ Tabernacle was to provide a meeting place for God and His people during their forty-year period of wandering.
The two main currencies mentioned in the Bible are talents and shekels. The most expensive materials used in the construction of Moses’ Tabernacle were gold, silver, and bronze. The combined weight of these precious metals, as detailed in Exodus 38, totaled 900 talents and 1,905 shekels. In today’s precious metal market, the value of the gold, silver, and bronze used for Moses’ Tabernacle would be approximately $47 million.
Scripture indicates that meeting places are important and can be a costly expense of ministry. At the Baptist Church Loan Corporation (“BCLC”), we use our talents and shekels to support churches with wisdom, knowledge and affordable church loans to provide meeting places for God’s people. As you review our 2019 Annual Report, you will see how God continues to bless our ministry with a strong equity position, excellent cash flow and good paying churches.
Thank you to the many men and women who have volunteered their time to serve on BCLC’s Board of Directors and to our lending partners who have provided the necessary loan funds to support our ministry.
Gerald R. James, Jr.
President / CEO
“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).