While on the CEIF Board, Jacob was personally involved in approving applications of churches for building projects. He says he “feels good about churches CEIF made loans to during his time on the Board”. He recalls how, over the years, “Churches were so faithful in the repayment of their loan”.
Jacob ended up serving more than 12 years on the CEIF Board of Directors. He and Helen were also one of the first investors in CEIF, as they put action to their belief and invested $1,000 in support of the ministry. Since that initial investment, they have continued to show their support for the ministry by regularly investing their savings, as well as continually praying for the ministry of CEIF.
To this day, Jacob shares what personal enjoyment and fulfillment he received from being on the Board. Were it not for his age and limitations, he says, he would still be willing to work on the Board today. He comments on how he appreciates that CEIF is “still able to offer some investments at a higher rate of interest than many banks can. People who make their investment in CEIF are doing a smart thing because it goes both ways - it helps churches to establish themselves, and I feel that their investment dollars offer a good return.”
- Jacob and Helen Ehman
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- Investor from North Dakota
Kathryn (Kay) Schilke has been an investor with CEIF since almost our first day of service back in 1973. Some might say she has been a "life-time NAB'er" as she celebrated her 90th birthday in 2009.
Kay Schilke sees the world around her as a mission field.
It is with this heart that Kay has invested with the ministry of CEIF all these years. She wanted to invest in a safe place where her funds would be used to do the Lord's work and her investment would earn a reasonable return: "I'm investing in a safe place, but also where the Lord's work is going forth; it's a double blessing for me."
Elton and Ruth Kirstein have been investors in CEIF since the beginning of this ministry and continue to choose to make a difference with their savings. They know the finances they entrust to CEIF are being used to do God's work - something that is very dear to their hearts. In fact, that is why they chose to invest in CEIF in the first place - to help build churches. They knew that investing in CEIF would "build into the North American Baptist outreach", in the words of Elton. But, also in so doing, they are building into the lives of their faimly. As they set an example of using their finances to expand God's Kingdom through building churches, they are creating a legacy of faith for future generations.
“My heart’s in church planting and I want to invest in that – and not put my money into banks…I would like to see more church planting.” Carol shares that she knows her money invested in CEIF “helps offer loans for church plants, renovations or expansions.” – Carol L.
It is important for me to say that I appreciate your "tender" assistance over the years. You have been a HUGE help to someone who shudders a the thought of "finances". May God bless all your future efforts and may God bless each and everyone of you.
After our 25 year old son died in a car accident, we received a sizeable amount of money and were looking for a safe place to invest. We heard about CEIF and decided to invest our money with them. As we thought about our money being used for building of churches, we realized that Rick’s life could continue on earth, with every church that would be built. Wow!!!! Temple Baptist Church, our family’s NAB home church, used Rick’s legacy to help with building our new sanctuary. We can’t say enough about the caring attitude of CEIF. They send birthday cards to you on your birthday; an actual person answers the phone; they care about the individual investor and know you when you call; your money is earning interest at great rates; and, most importantly, God’s kingdom is increasing when you invest. Thank you CEIF!!!
-Pat & Dave Croft