For almost 33 years it has been my privilege to be the founder and speaker of this ministry. And for all those years, it has been my responsibility to raise the funds necessary for us to continue. Today we call that “fundraising.” You won’t find that word in the Bible, but you will find examples of people financially supporting those in ministry. Consider this example from Luke 8:
After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means. (emphasis mine)
What an unusual sight that must have been in that culture, to see these women following Jesus and his disciples and picking up the tab along the way! They did this because Jesus had changed their lives with his teaching and his truth, and they wanted to help Jesus and the disciples continue to proclaim the good news to others.
You and others like you have supported our ministry and that has kept us going. By God’s grace, we’ve never missed a payroll, paid our bills on time, and have not accrued any debt.
I continue this ministry because the doors are still open, and there is much evidence that God is using us to encourage and equip many people in their spiritual journey. (See testimonials on reverse side.) In these 33 years much has changed in our society, but the truth of Scripture remains relevant and powerful, and I have always presented that truth as clearly and faithfully as I know how.
This month we need your help. We simply need a boost—a financial “shot in the arm” to bring us to a healthy financial position. James wrote that we have not because we ask not, and so I’m asking: Would you please “support us out of your own means”—as those women did long ago for Jesus—in an extra measure this month? It would encourage me and my staff to know that you value our work and want it to continue.
Your friendship, prayers and gifts are appreciated more than I can say.
Grace and peace,
PS: You still have time to register for our Weekend Getaway, April 21 to 23. I hope to see you there!
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