Fundraising

To be successful simply…

Do the best you can – with what you’ve got

Welcome to our tips on fundraising

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Its actually an Offer!

In an earlier post I said that when it comes to fundraising… You gotta Ask!

And that it is a 3-step process.

  1. Ask
  2. Thank
  3. Report

I then said that Asking shouldn’t make you feel uncomfortable because…

  1. You are only inviting people to do something you already do yourself.
  2. It is all about ministry – God’s ministry.
  3. You’re inviting them to be part of something exciting.

But what if we changed to word “Ask” into “Offer”. Because your message is really an offer to a person to make something they care about, happen.

Leadership expert Seth Godin said:

“… the best asks are actually offers. When we offer to help someone get to where they were going, we’re approaching the relationship with generosity, not selfishness.”

Good advice!

Oh, and the subject line of this email? – It’s a quote from Philemon 1:6 NIV

Remember: Plan the Work… Work the Plan.

How to Plan a Nonprofit Fundraising Event – pdf

This guide is designed to keep your team aligned, help you stay on budget, and save you lots of time. So take a deep breath, enjoy the read, and consider implementing these best practices and simple tech tools that will help you stress less and raise more money at your next event.

33 Pages, PDF format

Record Your Donor Details

Here is a simple Excel spreadsheet for recording your donor details.

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Read a little more on CRM systems.

You gotta Ask!

Ok, that’s out in the open. 😊 If you want to get donations for your ministry, you have to ask. I’ll come back to this in just a mo, but first it is important to remember that the Ask is only Step 1 in a 3-step process. Step 1 – Ask Step 2 – Thank Step 3 – Report You...

Thank you – two small words with huge impact.

In a recent email Tom Ahern referred to Thanking Donors as the “Secret Sauce” for your fundraising efforts.  He went on to talk about the importance of thanking sincerely and thanking fast. In fact there is evidence that if you personally thank a first time donor...

Adding Drama to your Stories

I recently read an email talking about the need for fundraisers to have a ‘flair for drama’ in their story telling. It is true: “I was struggling and now God has blessed me” is not an exciting and impactful story. You need to apply good writing (or interviewing)...

Gardening

Before you get to enjoy your harvest of fruit and vegetables you first prepare the soil, then you plant seeds. But that’s not all, you have to make sure you tend and water often, otherwise the young plants will wither and die. If you want to harvest fruit and...

The 80/20 Rule

The 80/20 Rule

The 80/20 rule says that you can do 80% of the work in 20% of the time. The same is true when it comes to fundraising and your donors. Fundraising isn't an exact science but... 80% of your donors will contribute 20% of your income Another 15% of your donors will...

Vision, Mission and Your team

The 2021 Australian National Church Life Survey asked church attenders whether their church had a clear vision, goals or direction for its ministry and mission, and if they were committed to that vision. 68% of church attenders said they are aware of their local...

Make Friends

Want to successfully raise funds for your ministry?  Then look after your people! 'Funds come from friends" is a phrase we picked up a long time ago from Bob Gass (author of The Word for Today) and there is a lot of truth to this. Friendship is built over time, and...

Do the best you can with what you have

As a leader you're always under pressure. Meeting the budget Keeping your ministry going forward Looking after your team Meeting Board and legal requirements Growing your ministry And then there is you own Spiritual and family life. The Good News is: God is with you!...

Why People Don’t Support Your Organisation

by Jeff Brooks - Future Fundraising Now This might seem obvious, but so much fundraising just misses the point: people donate to nonprofits to help people. They don’t donate to support nonprofits. Fundraising that misses that point is not effective. That’s the point...

Recommended Websites

There are a number of websites available with great ideas to help you with all aspects of your fundraising. Here are a few we have found useful.


Future Fundraising Now

https://www.futurefundraisingnow.com/

A huge resource library of valuable tips are available here.  I highly recommend you sign up for the daily emails as they are short and cover one simple subject.

Non Profit Story Telling

https://nonprofitstorytellingconference.com/

Don’t be confused by the title (or the website) this is a lot more than just a conference.  There is a wealth of information on this site, mostly in the form of short videos, about how to ‘tell stories’. Because telling stories is a key to successful fundraising.

Again they offer a free subscription to a weekly email.

 

Simplify your life

‘”Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”’ Matthew 1 1:28 CSB

The average office worker is bombarded each day with over 200 messages via email, texts, WhatsApp, Messenger, and social media. In fact, one in three managers gets sick because of information overload. It makes you wonder, if technology is saving us all this time and energy, how come we’re so frazzled? Success presents more opportunities for the Enemy to run you into the ground. That’s no way to live, and it certainly isn’t God’s will for you.

Don’t wait until you hit bottom, get fired, throw away your life, settle for a dead-end job, or lose your family. Don’t wait until you’re too old, too grumpy, and too locked into your lifestyle. Today, Jesus is saying to you, ‘”Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11:28-29 CSB).

Leadership expert and Christian author Phil Cooke says: ‘The Lord can’t relieve the pressure while you’re in the wrong place, at the wrong time, doing the wrong thing, with the wrong people. If you climb the corporate ladder and neglect your family, His hands are tied because your priorities are out of order. When you’re in God’s will, you can work hard but travel light! He’ll carry your burdens and take the weight. Simplifying your life may mean working fewer hours, scheduling downtime and investing more in your loved ones. Businesses, assignments, personalities and situations are all different, but these principles hold true for everyone.’

So the word for today is – simplify your life.

SoulFood: Jer 25-27, Mark 1:9-15, Ps 31, Pro 8:34-36

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2024

Change Can Happen for You! (1)

‘And He…said, “Behold, I make all things new…”’ Revelation 21:5 KJV

The Bible’s story is one of change from Genesis, the book of ‘beginnings’, to Revelation, where God says: ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ Whatever your situation today, change is possible through Him. However often you’ve repented, confessed and tried changing, God can change what you can’t—and make it last. But change requires understanding certain principles. Let’s look at them: (1) You don’t need to change others in order to change your life. ‘I’d be happier if he’d stop…’ ‘Things won’t improve for me till she…’ Such beliefs make you focus on the problem and not the solution, ignore realistic options and feed depression. ‘Each person should judge his own actions and not compare himself with others.’ (Galatians 6:4 NCV) Instead of trying to change others, which only produces resistance and resentment, let God show you what you need to do differently to improve your handling of the problem. When you stop doing what doesn’t work and change your reactions to the problem, others often change spontaneously. (2) True change begins by addressing your relationship with God. Bitterness and frustration over problems just result in you moving away from God, leaving you to handle the issue in your own strength. Surrendering to Him changes you fundamentally, challenging pride, envy, resentment, fear, dishonesty etc—characteristics of poor change management. ‘Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the Lord.’ (Lamentations 3:40 NKJV) With ‘our lives under God’, we’re more honest, self-aware, able to perceive realistically; we’re respectful, and prepared to become God’s change agents.

SoulFood: Jos 19:24–21:45, John 18:1–11, Ps 148:7–14, Pro 29:16–21

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

Confessions of a Secret Sinner

‘The Lord looks at the heart.’ 1 Samuel 16:7 NLT

Pastor and author John MacArthur says: ‘Jesus’ exposition of the law is a devastating blow against the lie that image is everything. Secret sin is especially abhorrent [detestable] because:

(1) God sees the heart. In fact, if we realised He’s the only audience we’d be less inclined to write it off. It’s foolish to mitigate sin by keeping it private… it’s doubly foolish to think you’re better than others because you sin privately… and it’s the height of foolishness to conceal it. “He who covers his sins will not prosper.” (Proverbs 28:13 NKJV)

(2) Sinful thoughts originate from the same source as sinful deeds. When Jesus said hatred carries the same guilt as murder, and that lust is essentially adultery, He wasn’t saying there’s no difference in degree… He was saying that a lustful person has no right to feel superior to someone who is sexually immoral. The fact that somebody thinks such thoughts proves they’re capable of immoral acts, and someone who hates his brother already has murder lurking in his heart.

(3) Hypocrisy just adds to hidden sin. Why? Because it means covering it up. Jesus called hypocrisy “the leaven of the Pharisees” (Luke 12:1 NKJV) because it compounds itself like leaven. It sears your conscience and paves the way for other character-damaging sins… When somebody tries to tell you appearances are everything—don’t buy it! Your secret life reveals your true character: “As he thinks within himself, so he is.” (Proverbs 23:7 NASB) If you want to know who you really are, look at your private life. Then gaze into the mirror of God’s Word and let Him disclose and correct the thoughts and intents of your heart.’

SoulFood: I Cor 1–3, Matt 1:6b–11, Ps 113, Pr 31:14–17

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

Challenge Your Own Thinking

‘Let the wise listen and add to their learning.’ Proverbs 1:5 NIV

As you examine your mistakes, you realise it was your thinking at the time that caused them, and that’s why you need to keep challenging your own thinking. ‘Let the wise listen and add to their learning.’ How do you do that? By learning to appreciate how others think and by continually exposing yourself to people who are different from you. You will think like the people you spend the most time with. When you spend time with people who think outside the box, you’re more likely to break new ground.

Let’s face it, any time we find a way of thinking that works, our greatest temptation is to rely on it repeatedly—even if it doesn’t work in new situations. When your goal is to protect the success you already enjoy, you put the brakes on the process that can lead you to even greater success. Holding on to a good tradition is a good thing. But you need to remember that every tradition was originally a good idea, perhaps even a revolutionary idea, but every tradition may not be a good idea for the future.

When you cling to what’s already in place, you resist change—even change for the better. That’s why it’s important to challenge your own thinking. If you’re too attached to how things are done now, nothing will change for the better. Dr John Maxwell writes: ‘In your early years you won’t be as wrong as people think you are. In your later years you won’t be as right as people think you are. And all through the years you will be better than you thought you could be.’

SoulFood: Is 34–37, Matt 10:32–42, Ps 107:1–9, Pr 3:13–18

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

Have You Been ‘Burned’?

‘…Watch out that no [bitter] root…grows up [among] you…’ Hebrews 12:15 NLT

Have you been ‘burned’ by people? You’re not alone, we all have. But instead of being consumed by it, God tells you to forgive it and let it go. When you let your feelings stew under the surface, you give the devil the advantage over you (2 Corinthians 2:11). But by dealing Scripturally with the situation your painful experiences can make you better, not bitter. If you’re struggling with bitterness today do these three things. First, forgive. Forgiveness isn’t based on an emotion. Don’t wait until you ‘feel’ like it, decide today to let the offence go. When you do, God’s Spirit will calm your emotions and help you overcome the urge to retaliate. Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.’ (Matthew 5:7 NKJV) Since you yourself will always need to make withdrawals, God calls you to keep making ‘mercy deposits’. Second, pray about it. The moment you sense resentment, turn to God and He will give you the strength to act in love rather than react in anger. When you commit to living this way He promises to give you ‘…power to keep [yourself] calm in the days of adversity…’ (Psalm 94:13 AMP) Third, think Biblically. Look up every Bible verse you can find on showing forgiveness and meditate on them. Remember, each time you choose to do the right thing, a little more of the old you dies and the new you develops. That’s how God prepares you for greater blessing. But you must be in position to receive it. So decide now that although you’ve been ‘burned’, you won’t become bitter.

SoulFood: Num 25–26, Mark 8:14–26, Ps 57, Pro 11:14

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

You Can’t Meet Everybody’s Expectations

‘We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.’ Romans 12:6 NIV

Different people expect different things from us. And when a lot of people are pulling on you, those expectations can build up like a mountain and bury you. Is that how you’re feeling today, buried under everybody’s expectations? If so, read this Scripture: ‘Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the [level of] faith God has given [you]. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body.’ (Romans 12:3-5 NLT).

We all want people to be pleased with us, but we must also realise that they frequently have unrealistic expectations and sometimes selfish ones. So why don’t we just say no?

(1) Fear of people. We want to be loved and we are afraid of being rejected.

(2) Pride. If God made you a one-talent person, He won’t give you a two-talent assignment. Don’t allow pride to make you take on more than you can handle in order to have people’s approval.

(3) Not knowing God’s will for you. Jesus said, ‘I carry out the will of the One who sent Me, not My own will.’ (John 5:30 NLT) You must know God’s will and be committed to it, or people will try to impose their will and agenda on you.

(4) Trying to be like someone else. ‘Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them.’ (Romans 12:6 NKJV) Unless God has ‘graced’ you to do it, you’ll fail or collapse under the weight of it. Realise that you are not called to meet everybody’s expectations.

SoulFood: Matt 28:16–20, 2 Cor 13:14, John 1:18, John 15:18–26

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

Set Healthy Boundaries For Yourself

‘Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.’ Proverbs 25:28 NKJV

David Jeremiah wrote: ‘The Great Wall of China was erected in the third century BC as a defence against raids by nomadic peoples from the north. Throughout succeeding centuries, especially during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), the Great Wall was repaired and extended in length, finally stretching for 5,500 miles’ [8,850 km].

Centuries before the Great Wall was begun, Biblical cultures used walls to protect themselves, as well as to draw boundaries around their land for the purposes of identifying the territory that was theirs. To be effective, however, those walls had to be regularly maintained. The slightest breach could give the enemy a fateful advantage. There is a valuable lesson here. As a Christian, there is one wall in your defence system that has to be maintained and protected at all times—the wall of self-control. The Bible says, ‘Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.’ Your failure to maintain self-control is like opening the city gates and inviting the devil in to attack you.

J. Wilbur Chapman, one of history’s great preachers, developed what he called ‘my rule for Christian living’. And it’s a rule you should try to always live by. He said, ‘The rule that governs my life is this: anything that dims my vision of Christ, or takes away my taste for Bible study, or cramps my prayer life, or makes Christian work difficult, is wrong for me, and I must, as a Christian, turn away from it.’

Question: have your boundary walls been breached or fallen into disrepair? If so, do something about it today.

SoulFood: Gen 4–6, Matt 15:29–39, Ps 33:1–12, Pr 5:7–14

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

‘Stress Fractures’

‘He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak.’ Isaiah 40:29 TLB

Sports Illustrated magazine says, ‘Stress fractures begin when the shocks and strains of playing game after game create tiny cracks in outer layers of bone. When those cracks become large enough to cause severe pain, they are known as stress fractures.

If you’ve ever had a stress-fractured mind, you can relate. It eats at you by day and keeps you awake at night. Some people try to ‘medicate’ it with alcohol, or drugs, or an affair, or overeating, or a hyperactive lifestyle, but it only gets worse. What should you do?

(1) Change your focus. ‘Come to Me… and I will give you rest… Let me teach you… and you will find rest for your souls.’ (Matthew 11:28–29 NLT) ‘He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak… they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.’ (Isaiah 40:29–31 TLB) Instead of struggling alone with the burden, share it with the burden-bearer and let Him strengthen you.

(2) Lighten up! ‘A cheerful heart is good medicine.’ (Proverbs 17:22 NIV) Don’t make such a big deal out of everything! Lighten up and laugh more, especially at yourself! Do you even remember the last time you enjoyed a good laugh? Accept your imperfections. Let some stuff go. Stop trying to be Wonder Woman or Superman. Get away for some fun. Yes, you need fun too! Cancel some of your not-so-important meetings. If you want things to change, you will have to change them. Today talk to God; He knows how to heal stress fractures.

SoulFood: 1 Tim 4–6, John 5:31–47, Ps 126, Pro 24:10

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

Don’t Spread Discouragement

‘So they spread this bad report.’ Numbers 13:32 NLT

Discouragement caused the Israelites to doubt God’s promise, give up their dream, and die in the wilderness. Ironically, they were only several days’ journey from the Promised Land! How did it happen? After spending 40 days in Canaan, a land of such fruitfulness that it took two men to carry one cluster of grapes, ten out of twelve spies came back saying, ‘We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are! So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites.’ (Numbers 13:31–32 NLT) Now, would you like to know how God feels about people who spread such discouragement? ‘The ten men… who incited rebellion against the Lord with their bad report—were struck dead with a plague… only Joshua and Caleb remained alive.’ (Numbers 14:36–38 NLT)

So how about you? When you see others facing negative circumstances, do you express doubt about their ability to succeed? Can you listen to someone’s plans without making disheartening remarks? Even if you can’t quite envision their dreams, at least agree to stand in faith with them for God’s perfect will to be done concerning the proposed endeavour. Think of all the people who have encouraged you during your lifetime!

In a world plagued with negativity and bad news, everyone needs a little encouragement from time to time. So make a conscious effort to speak sincere words of affirmation, support, and inspiration to those within your circle of influence. And when you encounter a discourager, don’t let them derail you. Remind yourself and them that God is ‘able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.’ (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV) Because He can!

SoulFood: Mal 3–4, Matt 2:16–23, Ps 139:13–24, Pro 31:28–29

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

Start fresh every day!

‘A quick-tempered person does foolish things.’ Proverbs 1 4:17 NIV

You overslept, the car wouldn’t start, you were late for work, and your computer crashed! These things can make you angry, but only if you let them. Solomon said, ‘A quick-tempered person does foolish things’ so if you fly into a rage, expect a rough landing! The Bible says, ‘He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.’ (Proverbs 16:32 NKJV). Anger always comes back to bite you and ends up doing more damage than the thing that triggered it. David said, ‘My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.’ (Psalm 5:3 NKJV). Start by offering your day to God; then you will be less likely to react in anger when things go wrong. Our time here is short. What a shame to let something that happened twenty years or twenty minutes ago ruin your day. Make up your mind to enjoy every single day. You might make mistakes; things may not go your way. You may be disappointed, but choose to live a happy life rather than let what does or doesn’t happen to steal your joy. Every morning say, ‘Father, this is going to be a great day. I thank you that I have discipline and self-control and that I make good decisions. I may not have done what I could have yesterday, but that day is gone. I’m going to do better today.’ Ever wonder why a car’s windscreen is big and its rear-view mirror small? Because what’s behind isn’t nearly as important as what’s ahead. So keep looking ahead, and no matter what happens today, don’t lose your peace.

SoulFood: 1 Kings 16:1 – 18:15, Matt 19:1-14, Ps 61, Pro 6:16-19

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2024

On the run from the police

Pictured is one of Laif FM listener’s from Kubalia in the East Sepik Province of PNG. He shared his testimony on how he got saved through listening to 98.3, Laif FM.

He was in prison in 2000 for rascal activities and being involved in some hold ups. He was on the run from the law enforcement for many years and was even on the shoot-to-kill list. Then, he landed up with Pastor Abraham Kumbia & his wife Anna. Pastor Abraham took him to Mr Kasieang the PSE at that time. The PSE was very angry but Pastor Kumbia & wife Anna covered told the PSE, “You didn’t find him, we found him and brought him to you… he will be under our custody”.

Now… what happened next?

He got changed, accepted the Pastor’s advise but didn’t attend a church. He was tuning his radio one day and suddenly, heard Gospel music, and later, heard a voice on the radio. Then he heard the Word of God, “wow” he said…. I think this is my “Church” coz this Christian radio is talking to me, encouraging me with the Word of God. Inspirational programs all throughout the day, with the Word of God. This is my FM station cause I got saved and love all the programs. I am a die hard fan for this Christian radio 98.3 Laif FM

He is now attached to the New Apostolic Church as an evangelist in his community.

He appeals to those on the run from law enforcement, please stop what you are doing, surrender for change and become a true citizen for your community, district, province, country and ambassador for Christ.

Patrick from Angoram

Patrick from Papua New Guinea’s East Sepik Province is encouraging all his friends and family to read The Word for Today. He says…
I encourage every fellow Sepiks to buy and read this devotional The Word for Today book printed by UCB Christian radio here in Wewak.
Its a pure Bible extract messages filling everyday life and challenges.
Right now it help me with the Story of Naomi in Ruth 1:20,,,Stating Your best days are still yet to come.
I’m Patrick Sumbre

Reaching into India

Greetings,
I am listening to ‘The Word for Today’ daily devotion from YouTube also watching The Television program ‘The Reality’ from YouTube.

Especially this daily devotion message really encourages us in our daily life to work with God. This daily devotion helps me to teach my youth to grow Spiritually.

Thank you, all the entire team, for this wonderful daily devotion to others’ content we are really blessed by this.

Mark Mukiya, India.

Pastor Assumtha Pengeningi from Holik Village

Pastor Assumtha Pengeningi is Pastoring the Holik AOG Church in Yangoru, East Sepik Province. The Word for Today edition has made a big impact in her personal life as well as in the church congregation. She had never in her life come across this devotion until this edition. ‘Wow” she was in tears to hear the Author, Bob Gas had gone to be with the Lord. Pastor Assumtha asked, who will continue to write the devotion? We told her the Wife, Debby will. She could only say….the Writer Foresee the future, past, present and wrote this book. She was inspired by the 9th August 2022 (Have you caught any fish?) John 21:15

She got her women leaders with cash and kind to partner with Laif Fm and share all the excitements she discovered by reading. When you are sick, you need to go the hospital, but when you are Spiritual sick, you need the word of God…and it is all found in this little booklet called the Word for today.

Setaita’s daily journey with The Word for Today

Here is a powerful testimony from Tomu our Station Manager in Fiji, when he visited his village just before the New Year. He shared about his Aunty Setaita and how she has been diligently using The Word for Today for the past 2 years.

I met an Aunty of mine on Dec 31, 2023. Her name is Setaita and she has been using the devotionals for the last 2 years. We met again at a local combine church service in my village after a long time. This service was also meant to be the farewell service for the year 2023. She couldn’t wait to meet me and share her story about how the book has been her company for the whole year as she mostly stays home with minimal movement due to her knee problem.

She reads her devotional every morning and marks out writings with red pen that speaks to her and signs off on each page to indicate that she’s read the devotion of that day. She pulled out the book from her bag and showed me all this to prove. She was filled with excitement when sharing about the lessons learned and how the devotional had really impacted and helped her growth and faith journey. She spends time after reading to share the lessons of each day to her children and grandchildren. The challenges of each day becomes more meaningful to her as she feels that God is speaking to her and building her faith in each of the circumstances she faces each day.

She had been praying to meet me as she wanted to get her hands on a copy of 2024 edition. And it so happens that I attended the service on Dec 31 bringing along some copies with me. I was able to gift her a copy of The Word for Today 2024 edition, to her excitement and she’s looking forward to following through the devotion with each day.

Tomu
Station Manager

University Chaplain encourages students to read The Word for Today

My serving in the service of God with Solomon Islands National University commenced with Solomon Islands College of Higher Education right through when we become the University of Solomon islands.

I know God has laid me into impacting many souls of our citizens of our beloved country Solomon islands.

Many who are up there now serving in their areas of responsibilities.

I encourage you all; wherever you are, to read this book [The Word for Today] and have time to pray as the Holy Spirit Will give you more insight into the secret of God’s Word.

This word of encouragement is for you all of my outgoing students of Solomon Islands College of Higher Education and Solomon Islands National University.

God bless
Pastor Solomon Maesala
Chaplain
Solomon Islands National University

Then and Now the 2024 Cover for The Word for Today

Grant Kennedy has amazing foresight when it comes to taking photos of people and scenery for future projects. Back in 2019 Grant was in Munda, Solomon Islands and a couple of the ladies were all dressed up with flowers for an event.  So, with their permission, Grant grabbed his camera, and this is the photo that he used for the 2024 edition of The Word for Today.

TWFT 2024 Solomon Islands cover

 

Fast forward to 2024, our friend Dennis in Munda, caught up with Liza and gave her a copy of The Word for Today featuring her picture on the cover – in the spot where he took the photo!

Lisa with her copy of the Word for Today

And here is a photo of Liza with her family.

Left to right – Aroma, Ernie, Michael and Liza.

lisa and family

Prisoners and Officials Listening in Timor-Leste

In December of 2021, the Visão Cristã Church was invited to carry out a Christmas service for the nearly 600 prisoners of the main prison of Timor-Leste. During service, the prison director realized that the worship leader, the pastor who preached the message, and some other people involved, where all Radio Voz FM presenters. And during his final speech to close the event, he spent most of his time thanking Radio Voz for sharing hope to the prisoners, as well as praying for them every day on air, adding that the prisoners need hope and prayers more than entertaining or anything else, given that other organizations had already carried out events in the prison during that December, but only trying to bring entertainment to the prisoners.

For us it was so good to know that the prisoners, as well as the prison officials, are Radio Voz FM faithful listeners and recognize the importance of Radio Voz ministry for their lives. We are sure that the Good News seed that is sown every day in the lives of these people through Radio Voz FM waves will in God’s time germinate and produce fruits.

The Word for Today Changes Lives

In January our team in UCB PNG Lafi FM visited the Boram CIS.
We were able to bless them with 3 bags of uncooked sagos and 2 plastics of dry fish. Ishmael Yakape Preached a powerful message.
Men from Boram
The Word for Today devotion has made a big impact on Boram CIS inmates. One inmate from Mendi testified that he has never had a bible in his lifetime.., but when he was sent to Boram CIS to serve his years here, he came across The Word for Today, and this book changed his life and he accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour and got Baptised!
What a powerful testimony.
Looking forward to the next visit in April.
Julie Korikoria