We celebrated “National Payroll Week” two weeks ago. It is held annually during the week of Labor Day to celebrate the hard work of America’s 150 million wage earners and the payroll professionals who pay them. Payroll is probably one of those things that you take for granted, whether weekly, biweekly, or monthly, you expect to be paid on payday for the work that you have done, and you expect the calculations to be accurate. One Mission Society missionaries also need to be paid and also expect the calculations to be accurate. My name is Carl Walton, and I serve as the payroll director for One Mission Society.
I joined OMS almost 25 years ago following a career in banking. Before joining OMS, I worked at a Japanese bank, one of the top 10 largest banks in the world, doing loan administration. Today, I work for an organization that sees lives change for eternity.
My main role in payroll involves paying more than 250 OMS USA missionaries working in the U.S. and around the world, as well as almost 150 retirees. I deal with finances for missionaries from the time they start with OMS, like candidates just starting out, until they are promoted to eternity and I must deal with death benefits. I enjoy helping people, whether it be through formal training during Orientation or one-on-one meetings in person, by email, or by video conferencing. It is a great delight when I hear back from one of our missionaries or retirees that I was able to help them.
As a homeland missionary, I have to raise my own salary and benefits just like when I served overseas in Haiti, England, and the Philippines. Without homeland missionaries doing the necessary support roles behind the scenes, missions would be greatly hindered. How would they get paid? How would donors know what was going on in their ministry?
I am reminded of Paul’s words to the Corinthians as recorded in 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 (ESV), “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.”
I rejoice that when someone comes to Christ through the ministry of OMS, both the homeland missionary and our financial partners will one day share in that reward.
If you would like to learn more about Carl's ministry or give to his support, you can do so here.
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By Carl Walton, OMS Payroll Director