A friend of mine said this the best in his most recent letter to their supporters:
I really do not like sending out urgent pleas for help – it is rather humbling.
But I am so committed to doing this work that God has called us to and we are all seeing such wonderful fruit that is giving glory of Jesus Christ that I am willing to ask for help.
First from God and next from all of you!
I know that humbling feeling. I’ve been wrestling with God over it for a few weeks in my own prayer time.
As we step into July, our work here faces a shortfall in its monthly support, as well as short term project needs in the next 60 days.
The global economy affects our work, much as it may have affected you personally.
Praise the Lord for Sufficient Provision
We give glory to God for how He has supported us through his people and the work of EvangelismCoach.org since we first moved here 2 years ago July. The work here has been sustained for nearly two years without pleas for urgent support.
- Timely gifts,
- Hallway offerings
- Offerings at events
- Paid speaking engagements,
- Online Book sales (How to Welcome Church Visitors)
- Several supporters join our team monthly – without being asked.
We’ve seen the end of our bank accounts and timely last minute provision out of the blue to sustain us a few more months. We can give story after story of last minute provision from surprise sources.
We can also promise you that living by faith this way is also very hard on the intestines – the body still feels the stress, even if the mind is at peace in trusting God.
So many of you believe in and support our work that has taken us into 4 different countries (with a 5th one coming this August) to give evangelism training in two different cultures.
As you have walked with us via our newsletter or intercessors list you’ve heard how we’ve seen
- People come to faith in Christ,
- Some healings, both physical and emotional
- Church members refreshed and encouraged to share their faith
- Several kairos moments of ministry where the Lord has used us to advance His kingdom
We can tell lots of stories.
Learning from Paul
When Paul went to Corinth, he worked alongside Aquila and Priscilla, making tents and doing ministry on the Sabbath. Once Silas and Timothy arrived, he was able to devote himself full time.
Paul didn’t start full time in his new city. Instead, he had to establish his base of support, either from his business, or from another form of support. In this case, I think he was able to grow his business to the point of handing it off to someone else to manage.
Paul had to be bi-vocational for a while, before being able to be full time in ministry.
This is the season we are in now – building support and building our business to the point of setting us free to minister full time here in Latin America.
The Reality of the Present
While we have seen sustaining provision to cover our immediate expenses, we’ve not yet had enough to set aside funds for future needs that we see coming.
We have some urgent project needs connected to us being here that we simply have no savings to cover.
We are asking God for provision and look forward to being able to tell stories of this provision.
We’re working at trying to use our business to generate revenue but the economic climate of the US has canceled all my speaking invitations at least through October.
What you can do
- to expand our monthly support base and
- A generous outpouring of gifts in the next 60 days to meet some urgent needs connected to us being here.
- Invitations to do paid evangelism training in regional conferences.
Here is what you can do.
- Give thanks for all the gifts that God has already sent and pray for His blessing on all those who enable this work through prayer, participation and giving.
- Please pray that we will have wisdom to be good stewards of every penny and ask the Lord to move people to give.
- We need to pray in an average of 3,000 a month just to keep everything going. 5,000 a month would be ideal to help us save for August 2010 and not be in this situation again next year. And every gift helps!
- So please pray for provision in the form of regular monthly small gifts! Each one makes a huge difference and we are so grateful for all those who already do give like this. Your dollars go much farther here in terms of buying power for groceries and fresh fruits.
Here is how you can act
Print it out and stick it with your devotional materials as a prayer reminder of what God might be calling you to do with us.
Whether you choose to donate or simply pray for us, still print this out.
You can print and distribute to mission committees and prayer groups.
- By Credit card: Automatic recurring contributions or make a special offering by visiting our support page. I’ve put up a video screen cast to show you how.
- By Check: Mark your gift for the Mission to Americas. Make check payable to PRMI and mail to PRMI, P.O.Box 429, Black Mountain NC 28711
We need people to join our monthly team as well as one time gifts.
We long to see the church in the Americas equipped to do the work of evangelism. We invite you to join with us as you are called and empowered by the Lord to do so.