Humbled by Generosity

From Executive Director Tom VanWingerden

I usually like to start my letters with a story. My story today is about you…our readers, partners, donors, and ministry warriors. I don’t typically like to limit my communications to the subject of funding, but I feel that this current campaign requires special recognition.

Last month I sent an appeal to you asking for additional financial support to help Friendship Ministries reach its budget for our June year-end. As of this writing (mid-June) before tallying our numbers, I can say that we are much closer to our goal, thanks to your gifts. Soon after our letter hit mailboxes, your generous support began to arrive. I have never seen a response like this in all of my years of working in the nonprofit sphere. It has been humbling to open the mail each day and experience your blessings of financial support.

God continues His work at Friendship Ministries through your prayers, service, and financial gifts. It truly is HIS work, and we rely fully on Him to complete it.

Thank you and blessings to all of you for supporting our friends in so many ways.

Leaving a Legacy with Friendship

Crisis provides an opportunity to deepen your faith, step back, and review what is important in your life. Two questions you might ask are:

  • What do I have the opportunity to change?
  • What are my priorities with the resources God has given me?Our friends at Christian Stewardship

Services recently gave the encouraging message above. Friendship Ministries partners with CSS to facilitate effective planned giving. Supporters of Friendship can choose to include this ministry in their will, donate a gift of appreciated stock, or explore a myriad of other tax-wise and long-sighted giving opportunities. We invite you to consider a planned giving opportunity as an incredible way to support Friendship Ministries for the long haul and leave a legacy of faith, friendship, and belonging.

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