We are living in an era of increased accountability for every sector of our society, which in many ways is both timely and crucial. Outcomes of the Financial Services Royal Commission have found dishonesty and greed to be two of the key drivers behind the misconduct of the banking sector, highlighting both the need and opportunity for us to choose wisely who we entrust our finances to.

Baptist World Aid is closely aligned with Baptist Financial Services Australia Ltd, the finance arm of the Baptist movement helping resource Christian ministry across Australia. Baptist Financial Services is providing everyday Australians with an opportunity to invest with purpose; including 31 day+ investment options that not only earn a competitive interest rate, but also financially support kingdom work at the same time.

Baptist Financial Services gathers investments for the sole intention of enabling Christian organisations to fulfil their God-given purpose, lending to an increasing range of cultures, churches and ministries who are often unable to obtain finance elsewhere.

Churches like the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido of Kididst Selassie Church in Perth, Western Australia.  When we first met with the leaders of this ethnic community, they advised us that, despite significant savings, they were unable to secure a loan from a commercial bank. With heavy hearts they described to us how difficult the migration process has been for their community.  Over the last three years, the most tragic consequences of this involved some of their young people taking their own lives as a result of feeling so lost, without feeling a tangible hope for the future.  Their current Secretary, Zafu Assefa Teferi, shared that “Baptist Financial Services enabling us to purchase this church building means so much to any Ethiopian Orthodox follower, because this building can help us demonstrate our culture and traditions, especially to our young people, and provide all our members with a sense of community and belonging while we are adjusting to a new culture”.

Zafu has recently graduated with a PhD from Curtin University in Urban Sustainability, and now gratefully looks forward to a promising future; not only for their whole community, but also for his own young children, who will be able to grow up in their new home country while still being able to worship in the context of their culture’s spiritual heritage.

So, the next time you consider your investment options, perhaps consider intentionally investing into kingdom ministries at the same time… because the benefits go far beyond financial returns.

 

To find out more about Baptist Financial Services and how you can engage with their ministry, please see their website at www.bfs.org.au.

The accounts and investments in this advertisement are debenture products and not deposit products.  Baptist Financial Services Australia Limited (BFS) | ABN 56 002 861 789 | AFSL 311 062 is a registered Charity and issuer of the debenture products.  BFS is not prudentially supervised by APRA.  Therefore, an investor in our products will not receive the benefits of the financial claims scheme or the depositor protection provisions in the Banking Act 1959.  Investments in our products are intended to be a means for investors to support the charitable purposes of BFS.  We are required by law to notify investors that our products are intended only to attract investors whose primary purpose is to support our charitable purposes, are not comparable to investments with banks, finance companies or fund managers, and investors may be unable to get some or all of their money back when they expect or at all.  Persons should consider whether or not the debentures are appropriate for them.