To our wonderful subscribers… our daily thoughts will follow, but I wanted to share a story with you.
I was raising funds one time for myself and 2 others to go on a missions trip overseas. We had been asked to speak at a dozen events there and to encourage others in sharing their faith.
I believed strongly in the mission, but with just a few days left before our trip, we had still only raised about 15% of the total we needed for the 3 of us to go.
I had one more opportunity to share the need with our church before the deadline. But as the worship leader that morning, I had been so wrapped up in the worship that I forgot all about letting the people know about the need!
I was sitting down after the service with the pastor and his father, after everyone else had left, when I realized my mistake. I told them how I was so caught up in worship that I had forgotten to share the need. I was sorry, but I didn’t know what else I could do.
The pastor’s father asked how much we still needed, so I told him the amount. He said, “I usually give that same amount to a different mission project each year, but I haven’t given it away yet this year. I’d like to give it to you.” He wrote a check that covered the whole balance of our trip! In the weeks that followed, the 3 of us were able to board a flight and touch the lives of thousands of people, training them to encourage others put their faith in Christ, too.
I remembered that story this morning as we have raised just over 20% of our goal this year for this ministry. We are so thankful for the $12,095.05 we’ve raised so far and for the 186 subscribers who have blessed us with their gifts. But with just 5 days left in the year, and our goal this year of $60,000, I feel just like I did after the service that Sunday morning, sitting down and wondering how God could possibly meet the balance of our need.
Perhaps you could be an answer to our prayers? It would be such a blessing, not only to us, but to the thousands of others we’re able to reach each day with these encouraging messages. People like:
Peter in Germany: “I spend much of my time in a suitcase traveling to other countries. Being able to receive your daily posts are such a beautiful and enriching part of my day.”
Fred in Granada: “Keep up the good work. I so look forward to the daily messages.”
Deanna in Idaho: “Thank you for making a daily difference!!!”
and John in Illinois: “Please accept this donation to your fine ministry.”
If you’d like to make a donation, we’d truly appreciate it… as would the thousands of others we’re able to reach each day with an encouraging word for their faith. Thanks so much!
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Eric Elder Ministries, 25615 E 3000 North Road, Chenoa, IL 61726 USA
If we are willing to take hours on end to learn to play a piano, or operate a computer, or fly an airplane, it is sheer nonsense for us to imagine that we can learn the high art of getting guidance through communion with the Lord without being willing to set aside time for it. It is no accident that the Bible speaks of prayer as a form of waiting on God.
Paul S. Rees
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
The Revised Standard Version