I often think that people don’t realize how much their gifts truly matter. For instance, a lot of people have automatic giving from their bank account, which we love, but it may create a disconnect between them and the mission.
Some may think that their $50 a month can’t have an eternal impact. But it can! and IT DOES! I want you to know that you are essential, important and a needed part of Perception Funding! All our supporters’ gifts combined are impacting the Kingdom of God!
Here are a few impactful stories to share from this year:
In Thailand our ministry partners had their women’s conference for the third year in a row for refugees and folks living in closed countries. The previous two years they had 100 women attend and this year 400 women attended. Many of them shared stories of what God is doing in their villages.
In Guatemala our ministry partners have been working with special needs kids and their families in partnership with a Christian school. The school has a long history of success and is trusted in the community. It was a huge encouragement and opportunity when the school asked our ministry partners to take ownership of the entire school and manage it moving forward.
On the “home base” (operational side of things), we hired two new full-time staff this year. Stephanie Faulkner, our Financial Operations Coordinator, has been a huge gift as she has 10 years of corporate banking experience and more recently went to seminary to get her master’s degree. As we continue to raise more and more funds for amazing ministries, it is such a gift to have Stephanie’s experience and know how to get tasks completed in an above reproach manner.
Our second new staff member is Bob Vickers, our Director of Education. He has 35 years of fundraising experience. He has his PHD and over 20,000 pages of materials he’s written on hundreds of different nonprofit topics. We’re utilizing his skills by hosting monthly fundraising workshops and we built “The Partnership Network,” an online educational platform where people can take e-courses, receive assistance and work together to learn and encourage one another. Bob is a wealth of information and has brought our knowledge base to a whole new level.
God is at work and I hope these few stories from this year show how your gifts matter and bless others around the world. Stories like these are important as they remind us that the Lord is at work in the lives of those around us and he uses our resources and gifts so that others may know Him. We’d like to share more stories of our mission with you! Please take a few minutes and visit Our Storiespage to hear from several of our ministry partners that we are delighted to serve alongside!