The Ambassador Cartwright site reported the following on the finances of International Ambassador Outreach:
Q1 & Q2 Total as of 12/31/10
El Salvador $3,600
US Ministry $2,000
Total Disbursements $153,650
Administrative Expenses $3,643
Balance at 12/31/10 $201,114
Subsequent events to our quarter end: In January 2011, IAO received donations of $69,764 and distributed $171,284. Distributions were made to support congregations and Ministry in Latin America, United States, Canada, Philippines, Jordan, South Africa, and Africa. (A more detailed accounting will be produced in our Q3 release expected in late April 2011.)
So, it looks like as of the end of January 2011, IAO had about $100,000 it still had not spent. IAO was set up last summer (see UCG, Aaron Dean, and IAO) prior to COG-America (which since seems to have gone away) and COGWA (set up December 2010) which is the largest group to break-away from the United Church of God (UCG). Leon Walker, Larry Salyer, and Ken Giese (all formerly part of UCG) were affiliated with IAO. And Ken Giese is on one of COGWA’s governing boards, and Larry Salyer is a COGWA minister.
UCG has lost 1/3 of its ministry since June 2010. It lost most of its ministers in Latin America and slightly more than 1/2 of its paid ministry in the USA. The greatest bulk of which went to COGWA. It would seem likely that overtime, IAO may disband. But perhaps not as it is not a church (I suspect it will see how its donations hold up now that more and more are supporting COGWA in order to decide). Here is what it reported about itself last July:
Newly formed as a nonprofit 501c3, International Ambassador Outreach has been created to support our international Christian family…Please note a key feature of IAO is that it is “not a church, nor will it become one…Our Board views the most pressing current need to be our Latin American brothers and sisters who have recently suffered significant budget cuts that will undoubtedly affect their ability to pay for church hall rentals, member assistance, scholarships, assistance in enabling members to attend the Feast, and other basic needs.
The above was expanded by IAO to include paying money to ministers in the USA as well. These disbursements mainly seem to be related to those formerly in or associated with UCG.
This crisis has been a real struggle for many of those in or once part of UCG as many on both sides seem to be offended by the actions of those on the other side. This split is also seems to be causing financial and organizational tensions for the two primary groups affected.
If you are or were part of UCG and are confused about what to do, please pray, fast, and study the Bible about this.
Ask yourself what are the true priorities that the Bible indicates that the church most faithful to the words of Jesus would do and act appropriately.
Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
Polycarp, Herbert W. Armstrong, and Roderick C. Meredith on Church Government What form of governance did the early church have? Was it hierarchical? Which form of governance would one expect to have in the Philadelphia remnant? The people decide and/or committee forms, odd dictatorships, or the same type that the Philadelphia era itself had?
Unity: Which COG for You? Why so many groups? Why is there lack of unity in the Churches of God? Has it always been this way? What can/should be done about it?
Differences between the Living Church of God and United Church of God This article provides quotes information from the two largest groups which had their origins in WCG as well as commentary.
There are Many COGs: Why Support the Living Church of God? This is an article for those who wish to more easily sort out the different COGs. It really should be a MUST READ for current and former WCG/GCI members or any interested in supporting the faithful church. It also explains a lot of what the COGs are all about.
Concerns about Church of God, a Worldwide Association This seems to be the largest group that came out of the United Church of God. Here is some history and concerns about it.
Should the Church Still Try to Place its Top Priority on Proclaiming the Gospel or Did Herbert W. Armstrong Change that Priority for the Work? Some say the Church should mainly feed the flock now as that is what Herbert W. Armstrong reportedly said. Is that what he said? Is that what the Bible says? What did Paul and Herbert W. Armstrong expect from evangelists?
The Laodicean Church Era has been predominant circa 1986 A.D. to present. These are non-Philadelphians who mainly descended from the old WCG.