God provided some wise friends to advise me and I'm eager to talk with you about this. When I was in San Diego a couple of weeks ago I met with some ministry partners who freely, carefully and lovingly helped me with wise counsel. It was three different individuals at three separate occasions with the same advice, so I am confident God wanted me to hear, receive and act on these words of wisdom. What advise did they give me? "Let us, those who pray for you and are on board with what God is doing through you, know your needs! Be clear with them."
I praise God that for almost 24 years He has raised up individuals, families and churches who partner with me and provide for my financial needs so I can be fully engaged and focused on the Lord's mission work. It is our work... co-laboring with the Lord and with those who partner with me. Go into the world and make disciples. Reach the lost with the wonderful message of salvation - trust in the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of sins. Be reconciled to God. I thank God every day for the ministry, financial and prayer partners He provides, and I trust will continue to provide. Now, I need to make it clear that I'm in need of more support. Why?
e3 Partners has structured the money management of ministry trips in a way to make it possible for leaders, like myself, to lead more teams and not have the overburden of raising all the funds to cover their travel expenses in addition to their cost of living expenses. Until recently, for the most part the TRAVEL EXPENSES of team leader(s) have been absorbed by team members. When a team member pays for the cost of the ministry trip they join they are also paying for a percentage of the cost of their leader, based on the number of team members who go. Some e3 staff, like myself, are engaged in the work of ministry FULL TIME. We are not funded by a spouse or other sources of income. My salary, like others, comes from the support of individuals, churches and families who partner with me. It is important to know that this is Biblical model.
They send their gifts of financial support monthly or annually or from time to time to Pure Charity and the funds are entered into my support account so I receive a salary.
BUT, in the last couple of years changes have happened to make it crucial that I share my needs with you clearly and without apology. I am using the wisdom God provided through the advise of my friends.
FIRST REASON: Even from before the global covid pandemic we began to train and mobilize fewer large teams because more often God is opening doors of opportunity with national believers to have training in discipleship, evangelism and trauma healing ministry. For these purposes only a few e3 staff or volunteers are needed to provide for these trainings so we are not mobilizing large teams as often as before. This means that we are now using funds in our support account to pay for the travel expenses for our trips. Flights, lodging, ground transportation, food, all expenses as well as sometimes helping the nationals with their special needs. This means that the funds for salary are depleted.
SECOND REASON: Over the years some of my faithful monthly supporters have passed away and are now with the Lord. These are folks who supported and partnered with me for many years. Praise God for them and their faithful partnership.
HOW YOU CAN HELP?
My salary, ministry trips and expenses are funded by committed ministry partners. Would you ask God if He is moving you to come alongside me in this work through consistent partnership. I am seeking individuals, churches and families who will partner with me in this shared vision of reaching the lost for Jesus.
Your gifts of support will allow me to train and equip believers in the Middle East and Central Asia to share the Gospel and make disciples. Also, to use the ministry of Trauma Healing around the world to strengthen and heal Christ’s Ambassadors for the work of the Kingdom!
So I am asking confidently and without apology, please prayerfully consider partnering with me in taking the Gospel of our Lord to places where men, women and children live in spiritual darkness. Let's take the light of Christ and His love and healing to them!
So what is my goal to fill the need? This fall, and hopefully ongoing, there are many opportunities for travel to Central Asia. I am often surprised by opportunities and invitations. I am currently hoping and praying God will raise up a number of new ministry partners, financial supporters, so the total monthly increase in financial support is $1,000.00 per month. Then I can say YES! Send me! This amount will cover the need of additional expenses for travel. Of course any amount is needed, wonderful and greatly appreciated.