I love what we do at the Tribune! Each issue represents months of hard work and I love holding that finished product in my hand. I have loved expanding our ministry to include a mobile app, a leadership podcast, and a social media strategy that promotes BBFI churches and mission works, as well as the upcoming BBFI Coaching Network. I am excited for what the future could look like as we continue to expand our ministry.

As I prayed asking God for His wisdom and direction regarding the Tribune, one question kept coming to mind: Why? Why do we exist? For almost 67 years the Tribune has been telling the good news of what God is doing through the churches and ministries of the BBFI. It has served as the face of the Fellowship. While serving as communication director/editor, I have focused on what we should do, not why we do what we do. Our why is essential.

During the May 2016 business meeting, I said, “If things don’t change, there may not be a Tribune by this time next year.” There is hope, but the fact is we need to raise $150,000 in this year’s Annual Tribune Offering. This is a Godsized goal, but this amount has been raised before and I believe it can, and must, be raised again.

To participate in this offering, you can send a check directly to the office (720 E. Kearney St., Springfield, MO 65803) or give online through the Tribune website, BBFI website, or mobile app. If you would like to participate, but can’t immediately, visit www.tribune.org and select “Annual Tribune Offering” to make a digital commitment. This helps us in our planning.

How much should you give? A good place to start is with the cost of the magazines you receive, which is $15 a year. Any amount beyond that goes toward providing other valuable resources to pastors, churches, and missionaries. Whatever you decide, we appreciate your participation in our annual offering.

If you have any questions or need more information, don’t hesitate to call us at 417.831.3996. We are committed to the Lord and to our Fellowship and are determined to do our best on your behalf. Your support helps us to do so.

Randy Harp
Communication Director, BBFI
Editor, Baptist Bible Tribune