November 23, 2013
Background: When I became Executive Director in November 2000, Village Missions had a self-funded health insurance plan, in other words, we were our own insurance carrier. We collected premiums from the churches we served and used a T.P.A. (Third Party Administrator) to administrate medical bills. We carried stop-loss insurance to cover major medical expenses. Over […]
June 21, 2012
Summary: Village Missions has chosen to suspend its self-funded health plan and purchase a fully-insured group plan from Regence BlueCross History of Self-Funded Plan: Nearly two decades ago, because of rising health insurance costs, Village Missions decided to develop a self-funded health plan. This plan succeeded in providing adequate coverage for our missionaries serving in […]
October 8, 2009
If our experience with a self-funded plan, a plan in which we provide our own health coverage, is any indication, insurance companies are only a small contributor to the high medical costs. Citizens may very well be in for some profound “sticker shock” when it comes time to ante up for their monthly premium.
July 31, 2008
This “gut check” also causes me to examine whether I am fully convinced that God has more for Village Missions to do. The next years will be difficult years for us. As director, will I have the “courage, character, or determination” to do what needs to be done? It will be a “gut check” for all who say they believe in keeping country churches alive, requiring much more “courage, character, and determination” than in years past. It will require people to pray earnestly and give sacrificially.
October 10, 2007
David learned that his home base had been burned and all the inhabitants taken captive (1 Samuel 30:1-6). Further, when he realized his men were questioning his leadership and discussing stoning him, Scripture says that David “strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” It is something we should learn to do whenever we experience difficult […]
September 19, 2007
This blog is under construction so that soon people will be able to post comments directly. I received this wonderful e-mail from retired Village Missionary Jim Scanlon. Jim and Delores will soon be serving in Friant, CA as Associates. Our Associate Program allows retired missionaries or even layman to serve our churches on an interim […]
September 17, 2007
I am writing this article while on vacation at Russ Wayland’s wonderful cabin in northern Washington called the “Refuge.” Two days ago, I learned that I have prostate cancer. I have not met with the doctor in person yet. He told me on the phone that it was a small, non-aggressive form of cancer. I […]