Special note from Eric: I wanted to share with you two notes I received last week from people who signed up to donate towards our ministry (your ministry!) on a monthly basis.
The first note was from a man who apologized that he wasn’t able to send much, as he and his wife were on a tight budget. He said he had been an avid fan for a few years now and enjoyed our daily and Sunday messages. He had a question also, and it was a good one, so I wanted to answer it for you as well. He wrote:
“I do want to start giving to your ministry however could you let me know how or where most of the money goes. I am not trying to make you think my gift will be large by any means and we also give here locally in our town. I would like to pledge around 20 or 25 dollars per month. Thanks for the info and have a Blessed Day!!!”
After thanking him for his interest, I wrote this in my reply:
“Most of the money goes directly to paying the salaries for Greg Potzer (who selects and manages the daily thoughts) and myself (as I run the website and write many of the Sunday messages). This frees us up from having to pursue other work (which we have both done at various times) so we can focus more fully on this ministry. Other costs include website hosting fees, email list software, licensing fees to stream music on our site, computer upgrades, and printing and publication of our inspirational books, CD’s and DVD’s. We are currently reaching nearly 40,000 subscribers in over 160 countries, six days a week, with a message to encourage them in their faith in Christ. We are so happy to do this, and so thankful for your willingness to consider helping to support our work.”
He wrote back later that day, attaching a picture of his signed authorization form to send $20 a month to our direct from his bank account. He apologized again for the amount of the donation saying he wished he could do more. But in my note back to him, I told him that $20 a month is terrific, as $20 quickly turns into $240 in a year, and $480 after two years, and $720 after three, and $960 after four. So a $20 a month donation turns into nearly a $1,000 donation in just four years! It really is super helpful. And when several people do that, it gives us the ability to sustain our work all year long.
The second note I received last week came the following day, saying that someone else had just signed up to begin supporting our ministry each month with a gift of $500 a month, starting that day! Needless to say, that adds up quickly, too! This person had followed our ministry for several years as well, contributing from time to time with one-time donations, which are also very helpful, but now wanted to start donating monthly.
I share these two stories with you to see if you’d like to join these two subscribers in donating to our ministry this month, whether with a one-time gift or a monthly donation. Both are super helpful! It’s not necessary to donate–and we never want anyone to feel they have to donate–but for those who do, please know that we’ll put your donation to good use for Christ. To make a donation online or by mail, please use the link below.
(And remember, for a donation of any size, we’re glad to send you a thank-you gift of your choice from our bookstore.)
Many do not advance in Christian progress because they stick in penances and particular exercises, while they neglect the love of God, which is the end.
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
The King James Version
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