Font Size » Large | SmallBy President Randall A. Bach I hope I am also speaking for you when I say I want to live every day knowing I have obediently served the Lord’s calling and have been a good steward with everything He has entrusted into my hands. Open Bible’s Mission Venture Plan is the funding vehicle that supports missionaries and other ministries in the U.S. and around the world. The only sources of funding for MVP are churches and individuals. There is no endowment income, no gold bullion to cash, and no returns from corporate sales to underwrite the costs of sending and supporting missionaries and communicating on their behalf. MVP is about people who love Jesus who send people who serve Jesus to reach people who need Jesus. Some MVP contributors give sacrificially; others give to MVP as a planned component of their budget. However you give to MVP, may the Lord bless you for doing so! There has been only one fatal accident in the 91 years Open Bible has been sending missionaries. In 1947, after having established Open Bible’s mission work in Cuba, Luther and Hazel Adams arrived in Colombia, South America, where they assumed responsibilities for another missionary family that was due for a furlough. In 1948 Luther, Hazel, and two of their children, Joy Belle, age 16, and Charles, age 14, boarded a plane departing from El Secreto, Colombia. The family was taking Joy Belle to another airport where she would begin her flight home to the U.S. so she could live with her grandmother while attending high school. It was brush-burning season and the air was dense with smoke, severely reducing visibility. Tragically the plane crashed into a mountain ridge, killing the Adams and 11 other people. One member of the family, 18-month-old Leon, had been left at the mission station and was not aboard the fatal flight. Leon was brought to the U.S., where he was raised by an aunt.* The Adams gave their lives while serving the call God placed on their lives. Luther, Hazel, Joy Belle, and Charles did not know what the future held for them that day they boarded the plane, but they knew they would serve the Lord and trust the outcome of their lives to Him. It was well with their souls. Neither you nor I know when our time on earth will be up. I hope I am also speaking for you when I say I want to live every day knowing I have obediently served the Lord’s calling and have been a good steward with everything He has entrusted into my hands. What has He entrusted to us? Relationships, time, finances, possessions, spiritual gifts, and talents head the list. We are actually owners of nothing, but we are stewards of everything God places in our care. I am keenly aware that the Lord owes me nothing; He gave His all for me. I am the one who owes Him a debt of love. How do I pay back that debt? How about glorifying Him through all He has entrusted to me? I can never completely repay God for all that He has done for me, but I can lovingly help others who are sacrificially serving Him. For Barbara and me that includes providing prayer and financial support for people who are dependent upon MVP to fulfill the ministries to which they have been called. If you are part of an Open Bible church or have a personal relationship with missionaries and others who count on MVP support, life is too short not to give back to the Lord. MVP is a wonderful vehicle that is ready to serve your quest. *Mitchell, Robert Bryant. Heritage & Horizons. Des Moines, IA: Open Bible Publishers, 1982.