Investor Testimonials

That is the way I feel about the CEIF staff – serving faithfully, doing an excellent job and one important note “taking good care” of all investors’ money.
– Connie Salios

“In 1988-1989, with the help of a loan from CEIF, First Baptist Church of Arnprior, ON was able to enlarge and renovate its sanctuary. We are still enjoying that sanctuary in March 2013. Thank you CEIF.”
– Eva Weisser

I so enjoy telling people that I’ve invested in something worthwhile. The man who prepared my taxes last year asked me a lot of questions and was quite impressed with the work you do. I am blessed to know that not only are my investments good for me, but I am contributing to the heavenly Kingdom. May God’s blessings rest on you all.
– Gladys Feaver

Bethel Baptist in High Prairie, Alberta has had investments and a loan with CEIF. When we were struggling to make ends meet, the staff at CEIF were there for us. They are always willing to suggest ideas and give guidance. We are very happy to be a part.
– Gail Collett

Our church has invested our building and endowment funds with CEIF for a number of years. The administrative support has been extremely helpful and responsive. We receive timely reports and complete and clear action and documentation as we have made changes in our investment mix over the years. You guys are the best! Blessings.
David D.

Dear CEIF,

I connect with CEIF wearing several different hats. As Treasurer for the Upper Mississippi Region, CEIF is where we invest our reserve funds in several Certificates of Deposit and a Foundation Account with frequent electronic transfers to the North American Baptist Conference’s International Office, as well as between the UMR and other organizations served by CEIF; as a recent Trustee at Apple Valley Baptist Church in Apple Valley MN, CEIF is where we place and keep our building funds that we hope someday to use to build a new sanctuary that I am confident CEIF will help us finance; as President of Village Creek Bible Camp in Lansing, IA, we use CEIF to invest funds that have been given for camper scholarships and also to keep funds during building projects, the most recent one being a new Dining Hall that God has blessed us with; as the Moderator of the MN Association, we keep some of our funds in CEIF Certificate of Deposits with rotating maturation dates to maximize the interest we earn and to make the funds regularly available as we have CDs maturing at least once every year; and as a personal investor, my wife Dawn and I use a CEIF Foundation Account to invest our emergency funds, and in the past we used CEIF CDs to save for our children’s college educations. In addition, CEIF has partnered with a couple of the organizations I serve to make loans available to finance their worship centers and other facilities. In every area of my interactions with CEIF over the past couple of decades, they are so willing to quickly serve making transfers of funds and giving advice and status of investments. All of the staff are so friendly, and they even remember my birthday, just like family. I am so blessed to be associated with CEIF! I also enjoy the electronic transfers, the modern secure, web site, the newsletters and well thought out devotions, reflections, recipes, and the wonderful way they help connect us investors t the needs of God’s people across our conference and beyond. And, CEIF is very generous to all of our Pastors and Churches. It is truly a pleasure to have CEIF available to meet all of these needs.

Thanks you for all you do for God’s Kingdom right here within our NAB lives.

Daryle Hamlin
Apple Valley, MN

“You are blessed by the Lord. Psalm 115:15 Please thank the CEIF staff for the cards and prayers they all sent to me. I am so blessed by your friendship and fellowship in the Lord.”
In Christ,
Larry B.

What I like about it (my investment with CEIF) is it’s working for the Lord. And that’s what counts. We’ve been investing with CEIF a long time.
– Anonymous

Les and Bob have been really good friends, and I really appreciate them…I appreciate you(your ministry); that’s all I can say. I thank God for you.
– Dale C.

“We will continue to support your work in building the Kingdom!”
– Lloyd H.

“After becoming a part of the NABC family, and becoming a friend of Bob Mayforth and others on the CEIF staff, we wanted to have a part in helping other NAB churches, as we had been helped. Through the years, we have continued to invest in CEIF because of getting a double dividend, and seeing our money grow and new churches get established and grow. We continue to be blessed in having a part in the lives of many others. I thank God for the blessing that CEIF has provided to Gold Country Baptist through their loans for property and building, and for keeping what money we have invested through CEIF safe and growing. I also thank God for the faithful servants of men and women who have become my friends.”
– Dale Cundall

“Thanks for all that you do as a ministry team.”
– Randy M.

“Thanks for your service with this investment.”
– Larry V.

“The few times that I called, I was treated very well. I was VERY IMPRESSED to receive a call and asked how you could pray for us. Then, when a card was received that your group had prayed for us, was very encouraging. Thank you very much.”
– Don C.

We have some exciting events planned to reach out into our community this Fall. It is so much our desire to reach our community for Jesus Christ. They will not just come into our doors. We are looking for ways to enter into their doors and reach them for Jesus. All of this has been done with a renewed enthusiasm and commitment from the people in our church.

We appreciate your emails and encouragement. We are committed to being all that God has called us to be and have only been able to continue doing this with the help and support of CEIF. THANK YOU!
– Pastor Lenny

“It was such a surprise to receive the card that you had prayed for us. I’m so thankful for this and so glad to be a part of CEIF.”

– as told to Colleen on behalf of Carl S.

“My experience with CEIF was excellent. The service was so professional. Edna West spoke to me often and always helped with questions I had. Thank-you.”
– Marilyn K.

“I am VERY grateful for CEIF and have been pleased with your ministry over the years! God bless you all. Psalm 115:15.”

– Pastor Larry Burd

She wanted to place her funds into a ministry, so she selected CEIF and she’s been very pleased; and we’re pleased with the income that comes from it, as well.

– Bruce on behalf of Lena

While on the CEIF Board, Jacob was personally involved in approving applications of churches for building projects. He says he “feels good about churches CEIF made loans to during his time on the Board”. He recalls how, over the years, “Churches were so faithful in the repayment of their loan”.

Jacob ended up serving more than 12 years on the CEIF Board of Directors. He and Helen were also one of the first investors in CEIF, as they put action to their belief and invested $1,000 in support of the ministry. Since that initial investment, they have continued to show their support for the ministry by regularly investing their savings, as well as continually praying for the ministry of CEIF.

To this day, Jacob shares what personal enjoyment and fulfillment he received from being on the Board. Were it not for his age and limitations, he says, he would still be willing to work on the Board today. He comments on how he appreciates that CEIF is “still able to offer some investments at a higher rate of interest than many banks can. People who make their investment in CEIF are doing a smart thing because it goes both ways – it helps churches to establish themselves, and I feel that their investment dollars offer a good return.”

– Jacob and Helen Ehman

We appreciate your good service!

– Investor from North Dakota

Kathryn (Kay) Schilke has been an investor with CEIF since almost our first day of service back in 1973. Some might say she has been a “life-time NAB’er” as she celebrated her 90th birthday in 2009.

Kay Schilke sees the world around her as a mission field.

It is with this heart that Kay has invested with the ministry of CEIF all these years. She wanted to invest in a safe place where her funds would be used to do the Lord’s work and her investment would earn a reasonable return: “I’m investing in a safe place, but also where the Lord’s work is going forth; it’s a double blessing for me.”

Elton and Ruth Kirstein have been investors in CEIF since the beginning of this ministry and continue to choose to make a difference with their savings. They know the finances they entrust to CEIF are being used to do God’s work – something that is very dear to their hearts. In fact, that is why they chose to invest in CEIF in the first place – to help build churches. They knew that investing in CEIF would “build into the North American Baptist outreach”, in the words of Elton. But, also in so doing, they are building into the lives of their faimly. As they set an example of using their finances to expand God’s Kingdom through building churches, they are creating a legacy of faith for future generations.

“My heart’s in church planting and I want to invest in that – and not put my money into banks…I would like to see more church planting.” Carol shares that she knows her money invested in CEIF “helps offer loans for church plants, renovations or expansions.”
– Carol L.

It is important for me to say that I appreciate your “tender” assistance over the years. You have been a HUGE help to someone who shudders a the thought of “finances”. May God bless all your future efforts and may God bless each and everyone of you.
Lovingly,

Doris S.

After our 25 year old son died in a car accident, we received a sizeable amount of money and were looking for a safe place to invest. We heard about CEIF and decided to invest our money with them. As we thought about our money being used for building of churches, we realized that Rick’s life could continue on earth, with every church that would be built. Wow!!!! Temple Baptist Church, our family’s NAB home church, used Rick’s legacy to help with building our new sanctuary. We can’t say enough about the caring attitude of CEIF. They send birthday cards to you on your birthday; an actual person answers the phone; they care about the individual investor and know you when you call; your money is earning interest at great rates; and, most importantly, God’s kingdom is increasing when you invest. Thank you CEIF!!!

-Pat & Dave Croft