Let your light so shine…
Many generations ago, the people of Montreat carried little lanterns called fireflies to light their way home after dark. The person carrying the firefly would lift it high, banishing the shadows for everyone and lighting the way wit ha warm circle of light.
Today, we are called to carry the light of Montreat forward. We build, we plan, we dream about what the future will hold in this special place. Endowment provides a dependable and predictable source of income to supplement the Montreat Fund and conference revenue. It makes resources available to bring world-class speakers to our conferences; to offer scholarships; and to carry out much-needed renovations for our facilities.
We naturally associate light with well-being, good health, happiness, and peace. Montreat is a place filled with light–children laughing at play, young people hearing God’s call, families sharing a meal together, church leaders finding rare hours of quiet, solitude, and rest.
As recently as 2005, Montreat Conference Center’s endowment was barely $2 million. Now, through the gifts of many, and the guidance of the Development Foundation Board, the Montreat Conference Center Endowment is over twelve million in assets. Tonight, we celebrate those who have generously supported the Endowment as Firefly Society members, as well as those on the Development Foundation Board who continue to provide leadership for the endowment.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven. — Matthew 5:14-16