International Ministries

Challenge Fund is Going Fast… Donate Now to Have Your Gift Matched

June 26, 2012 News
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Donations toward the 2012 Mission3 Matching Gift Opportunity are exceeding expectations. This American Baptist International Ministries (IM) fundraising effort launched on May 18 has already matched more than $192,000 in contributions from 755 individual donors in just 38 days.

“At this rate the challenge fund will be used up before the scheduled July 31 end date,” comments Dave Worth, IM development director. “I urge individual donors who want to have their donation matched to respond soon.”

This Matching Gift Opportunity is being made possible thanks to a generous group of major donors to IM.  They created an initial challenge fund of $250,000. The fund has increased to $275,000 thanks to recent contributions. The challenge fund is being used to match individual donations at 100% until July 31 or until the fund is depleted, whichever comes first.  To be eligible for this matching opportunity, gifts must be from new individual donors or increased gifts from existing individual donors.

There is still time to have your gift doubled.  Donors may give online at http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/6/, or by mailing a check to International Ministries, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482.  Gifts to IM may be directed to:

Generous donors who would like to increase the challenge fund may contact Dave Worth, IM Development director, at dave.worth@abc-usa.org.  Your generosity will encourage others to give even more.

As IM enters its Third Century of Mission, two significant trends are emerging.  In the next decade a growing portion of IM’s long-term missionaries will approach retirement. At the same time, requests for IM to send new missionaries are increasing. IM’s partners are in need of missionaries to help people come to faith in Jesus, grow in their relationship with God and change their worlds through the power of the Spirit.

“Unless we are very proactive in helping people to discern their call to international cross-cultural work, we will face a significant shortfall in global missionaries,” comments Reid Trulson, IM executive director. “The Mission3 Matching Gift Opportunity will help us send new personnel into service on location and strengthen the support for our 100+ current missionaries, development workers and global consultants.” 

Today, more than 4.8 billion people have yet to experience God’s love through Jesus. “Our global partners are asking for help,” adds Trulson. “As missionaries and local believers partner together, their capacity grows to make disciples for Jesus while meeting pressing human needs, such as poverty, hunger, sickness, education, conflict and slavery.”

 For more information, contact Catherine Nold: catherine.nold@abc-usa.org