September 14, 2016
Dear opnews, last week we sent this message to our subscribers. If you have already read it, please disregard. Thank you to those of you who responded to our need! Blessings to you!
Thank you for reading this important letter.
I never thought I would ever have to write a letter like this. The ministry of TGIF and Marketplace Leaders is faced with having to make some hard decisions this week.
God has been so faithful the last 21 years to provide our every need, and I do not expect that to change. However, I have learned that God often uses resources (or lack thereof) to direct our path. Most of you probably don’t realize we have a very lean ministry team of only 5 people and one is part time. We do a lot with a little.
We find ourselves at a crossroads.
Donation income to our ministry has dropped off considerably over the last 12 months. Less than 3% of those who receive TGIF support us financially. That is not enough to cover our expense to send out over 1 million TGIF messages a month.
We have always felt God wanted us to provide TGIF free of charge to anyone who wanted it. But the hard reality is that the cost to send over 1 million emails out each month and provide support to those who read it has exceeded the income we receive. We’ve been running a deficit for many months now and that is why I am writing you this letter.
In order for us to avoid cutting staff and cutting our distribution list, we will need those who believe in this ministry to support us financial at this time. If you can be a source of support right now please make an online donation of whatever you can. We especially need donations of $100, $500 or $1000. For those who can make larger gifts, this is a time we need it most. Click here to donate.
However, any size will be of help at this time. And recurring monthly donations are especially helpful to allow us to build a stronger foundation throughout the year. Click here to donate.
There are hundreds of thousands of people around the world who depend on the daily encouragement of TGIF. “Your devotional literally saved my life. I was in a dark place physically and emotionally. I had to call you and share this with you.”
If TGIF is to continue, we need to hear from you today. I hate to be so blunt, but I believe I must be a good steward based on the support we get from those we serve. If we no longer serve a purpose in the lives of people, then we will take that as His direction. However, I sense that God does want TGIF to continue to serve the people who are often the most forgotten -- Christians who have a work life call to bring Christ to others in the workplace. So, please make a donation today if you want to continue to receive TGIF.
Thanks so much for standing with us right now. It would mean a great deal to us if you could make a donation today.
P.S. Please make a donation today if you want to continue to receive TGIF.
To mail a donation, please make your check out to Marketplace Leaders Ministries, Inc. and mail it to PO Box 69, Cumming, GA 30028. Marketplace Leaders is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization. All gifts are tax deductible.