In 2009, Mennonite Mutual Aid’s Sharing Fund distributed more than $1.07 million in matching grants to 1,876 families experiencing financial stress.


In 2009, Mennonite Mutual Aid’s Sharing Fund distributed more than $1.07 million in matching grants to 1,876 families experiencing financial stress.
Of that amount, $64,884 was given to churches in central Kansas.
Pete Flaming, managing director for MMA in central Kansas, said the grants are part of how MMA and Mennonite Financial Federal Credit Union fulfill their joint mission — and work together with local congregations.
“Our mission is to help people integrate their finances with their faith in ways that are consistent with an Anabaptist understanding of stewardship,” Flaming said. “One of those understandings is that we are charged with caring for, as Jesus put it in Matthew 25, ‘the least of these.’ Our grants, as well as the financial products and services we offer, help us do that.”
In 2009, grants were given to 42 churches in this area, including:
• Alexanderwohl Mennonite
• Bethel College Mennonite
• Burrton Mennonite
• First Mennonite in Halstead
• First Mennonite in Newton
• Goessel Mennonite
• Koerner Heights Mennonite Brethren
• New Creation Fellowship
• Shalom Mennonite
• Swiss Church
• Tabor Mennonite
MMA’s grants are funded primarily by members who own MMA or Mennonite Financial products and services.
Because of the organization’s unique tax status, money that would be paid in federal taxes instead is distributed through mutual aid — including the Sharing Fund.
But, Flaming said, grant money also comes from other sources.
“As a company, MMA tithes on its income by donating to the Sharing Fund, plus many on staff contribute generously, and we do also receive funds from others who support the Sharing Fund,” he said. “These grants are part of our commitment to cultivate and grow resources that enrich the communities and lives we share.”
A news release stated MMA helps people and groups integrate their finances with faith values through its insurance and financial services.
MMA also offers stewardship education and tools to individuals, congregations, organizations and businesses.
For more information, go to www.MMA-online.org or call (800) 348-7468.