A special note from Ed Lewis, executive director of CE National.
Recently I was talking with a friend who loves the Lord and desires to see the hearts and lives of people impacted by Jesus. I am so excited to tell you that our friend has graciously agreed to give a $15,000 “matching gift” to help meet CE National’s “year-end” financial need of $30,000. This special gift essentially allows every end-of-the-year gift given to this Church Effectiveness ministry to DOUBLE. How exciting is that?!
Why are we so excited? One reason is that CE National has been faithful in our ministries but we are not seeing financial gifts come in for the CE National General Fund. We have been blessed with designated gifts to programs or buildings but we are almost $30,000 behind where we should be at this time of the year. We are prayerfully concerned…and God blessed us with this opportunity to see us double the gifts we need for outreach.
Why do we need this? We need this because of the outreaches we are doing at the Urban Hope Training Center, the block parties we hope to offer for churches at Momentum this summer as an outreach, the new children’s program we are starting at Urban Hope, and the new local church consulting we are doing to help churches focus more and more on winning lost people. We have seen public decisions for Jesus almost every week at Urban Hope and we have a huge community appreciation Sunday set for December 13th. Also, the local elementary school has invited us to oversee their library for them! We can paint it and offer reading classes since the lack of funding for the library will keep it closed unless we run it for them!! And, the local half-way house that houses 400 people getting out of prison has given us an open door to have Bible studies in their place! We must move ahead NOW with opportunities like these. We need your prayers and we need your financial support.
God has been so good to the ministries of CE National and we are grateful. There are children at Urban Hope, students at Momentum, collegiates in the National Institute and SUM programs, adults coming to North of 55 and CELS, pastors attending Pastorpedia Live events, and many more who all benefit from the ministry of CE National. Any money donated allows us to continue to offer these life-changing ministries.
You have been a part of this Church Effectiveness ministry and I appreciate your partnership with us. At this time of need, will you be so kind as to give an end of the year investment that I believe the Lord wants to use to see even more lives changed? A gift of $1000 given at this time becomes a gift of $2000. A $500 gift turns into $1000. A donation of any amount DOUBLES. Now that is a good investment! All gifts are tax deductible which will help interested individuals be able to give even more to things that last forever.
Why not give a gift that will change a life?! And why not give a financial gift that doubles in impact?!
You may give online by going to cenational.org/givenow, click “Special Project” and type “End of the year” in the special project field. If you would like to give by check, make your check out to CE National and write “End of the year” in the memo field. Mail your check to CE National, PO Box 365, Winona Lake, IN 46590.
Thank you in advance for giving to the spiritual needs of others and as the Lord directs you. We could not do this ministry without you. May the Lord give you a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year as you seek to live ON MISSION for Him in all that you do.
In His Work,