How Did the Idea Develop?
Jack, and Tom Conner have been in the insurance business for over 20
years. Business life and their personal
lives were very different. Personally, each were involved in church
and hold a strong faith in Jesus Christ. It was difficult to combine
their desires for spiritual significance within their insurance agency.
The Conner's had concluded a trip to the Word of Life camp in
Hungary, a Bible Study on "Experiencing God" by Henry
Blackaby, and a trip with Walk Thru the Bible. After these experiences,
the brothers agreed that God wanted to use them within the insurance
business. But how could God use them in the insurance business?
During the same time, they were putting a captive together for
a large real estate company in Indianapolis with the concept of giving
a dividend back to their tenants as a benefit. After
working on the project, they thought that it would be a great way to
raise funds for foreign missions. Could we develop a captive with very
profitable business that those profits could be redirected to support
foreign ministries? After researching what codes were the most
profitable we presented the idea to our advisor Ethan Jackson who encouraged
us to proceed with the project.
After months of research Jackson committed to fund the captive.
The Foundation secured enough capital to write up to $100 million in
Securing the captive was miracle one. Now faced with the daunting
task of marketing the concept to agents across the United States, God
provides miracle two.
An agent in California encouraged the Conner's to meet with Ron
Wilson. Wilson took an early retirement from a national insurance company
to raise money for a foreign ministry. Wilson was excited that others
had the same passion to support foreign ministries. Wilson offered to
share his over 1000 business contacts with church insurance agents with
the Conner brothers to market the Foundation.
Since the summer of 1999, the Conner's have traveled the country
with Wilson introducing the idea to agents. The Conners and Wilson have
seen the benefit of business becoming significant for eternal reasons.
This brought a new passion into their daily work life.