WELS Foundation’s 2016 annual report summarizes how the WELS subsidiary helps members leave gifts as a lasting monument of their faith. The Foundation does this by providing information on different giving opportunities and assistance with gifts through WELS Christian giving counselors. Over the last three years WELS Foundation has administered and distributed more than $14 million in donor directed gifts to various WELS ministries. Of this amount, 72 percent went to WELS national ministries, 9 percent to WELS affiliated ministries, and 19 percent to WELS congregations.
WELS Foundation President, Rev. Kurt Lueneburg, and Executive Director, Mr. Jim Holm, thank God for the many generous gifts the Lord has prompted for the benefit of his kingdom. Quoting the apostle Paul, they state the Foundation’s high privilege: “We administer (the offering) in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help” (2 Corinthians 8:19).
A printed copy of the annual report was mailed in late November to all WELS congregations, area Lutheran high schools, and parasynodicals.