Do not worry lest some means shall go direct to those who are trying to do missionary work in a quiet and effective way. All the means is not to be handled by one agency or organization. SpM 221
In light of the General Conferences’s multi-million dollar losses of tithe funds on the stock market multiple years running, like many of you, we are alarmed.
Although the idea is frequently presented the Lord only has one “storehouse” (which isn’t the case), playing the stock market with tithe money isn’t appropriate stewardship. We trust that the Holy Spirit will impress our people with appropriate channels to give, and want to make sure they understand we have examples to follow. But first, let’s establish a principle:
The true spirit of giving finds an outlet based on need.
A brief look at Sister White’s tithing behavior will explain everything we need to know.
To whom did Ellen White pay tithe?
She set the an example of giving based on need, sending her tithe directly to neglected ministers. She encouraged others to do the same.
Ellen White sent her tithe to support those in the Southern Work.
This “Southern Work” was a special burden for Mrs. White and her son Edson, who began a pioneering work to reach recently freed slaves in the 1890s. That style of work continues in the US South, and in may other places today.
A decision based on inspiration
It had been presented to me for years that my tithe was to be appropriated by myself to aid the white and colored ministers who were neglected and did not receive sufficient properly to support their families. SpM 215.2
She did this for years, and plainly stated God instructed her to do so:
Some cases have been kept before me for years, and I have supplied their needs from the tithe, as God has instructed me to do.
The prime motive was need
I have myself appropriated my tithe to the most needy cases brought to my notice. I have been instructed to do this SpM 215.4
She also accepted and encouraged tithe from others to be sent to the work.
And if any person shall say to me, Sister White, will you appropriate my tithe where you know it is most needed, I shall say, Yes, I will; and I have done so. SpM 215.5
Need, not popularity
To these ends, we have listed ministries which are faithful in ministry, not sponsored by any other organization, and exhibit the need for your tithe funds. In a few cases these ministries provide for elderly or sick workers.
It’s not an exhaustive list, and if your favorite ministry is not listed here it is most likely they don’t need the help.
Please prayerfully consider faithful ministries to directly pay your tithe to these ministries and encourage others to do so as well. If you know a ministry which should be listed here, please email us.
Testimony Press Publications (testimonypress.org)
Elder Mark Robanske
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Tonasket, WA. 98855
All quotes from Ellen G. White Letter, Mountain View, CA – Jan. 22, 1905,
Spalding and Magan Collection, Page 215