Letter from W. Mark Tew, President
Dear Baptist Friends,
Greetings from Judson College–the only women’s college in Alabama, the only women’s college related to Southern Baptists, and the only evangelical Christian women’s college in America. Judson is your Baptist treasure!
I first thank you for the way many of you supported Judson College during its December 2020 fund drive. Gifts and commitments exceeded $1.5 million. Due to your largesse, 26 seniors will graduate April 30, 2021, and continue their God-directed “good works, which God prepared beforehand, that [they] should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10).
For future generations of Judson women, I write to ask for your support.
First, pray that God will work mightily in their lives.
One of my greatest joys is welcoming our students to campus and sharing with them the gospel of Jesus Christ. I tell them “We don’t deserve it, and we can’t earn it, but we can receive the free gift of salvation.” By leading our students in a sinner’s prayer, at least two things happen: Some pray to receive Christ for the first time. Others see an adult using his career as an opportunity to share the good news about Jesus Christ.
Second, I ask that you tithe to your local church.
When we return to God a tenth of our monthly income, we acknowledge our gratitude for, and dependence on, God’s constant provision. Tithing to a Baptist church that participates in the Cooperative Program makes possible Southern Baptist and state convention mission causes.
Third, and only after you tithe to the work of God’s ministry through your church, Judson asks for your eleventh percent.
The principle of sowing and reaping is presented clearly by the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 9.
- We reap only if we sow. “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (v. 7).
- We reap what we sow. “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (v. 6).
- We reap more than we sow. “He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness (v. 10).
Consider making or renewing your commitment to biblical tithing, and ask God if you should share your eleventh percent with Judson College.
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8).
W. Mark Tew