It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
As we celebrate Christmas this holiday season I am truly thankful for the birth of Jesus. How can we better show our love for Jesus but to do as He commanded and spread the gospel - even in places where it is a challenge. And for empowering us to do just that I am thankful to you, our faithful supporters. Without you, this would not be possible.
Venture International has served the poorest of the poor for 30 years! This year, through our various programs, we've directly touched the lives of well over 1000 people and countless others as they share about how these programs have impacted their lives... and they share how there are Christians in the United States care about them!
Every minister we partner with provides some form of evangelism. In some cases it may be simply showing them the love of Jesus, in other cases it might be teaching them about Jesus from the Bible. All of our ministries share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in one way or another. We do not hide that we are a Christian ministry. As our tagline says, we are an International Christian Relief and Development Organization. Now I would like to bring you up-to-date regarding our ministries and the challenges and opportunities we face as we enter the new year.
Family to Family - Our flagship program, family to family, is very unique and was one of the first of its kind. Whereas many aid organizations help support a child or an individual, Venture's support model helps an entire family! This year, with your support, we were able to provide much needed aid to nearly 600 people in the form of food, shelter, clothing, medical needs and school supplies. What doesn't get much attention is that some individuals who qualify receive much needed skills training to help them become self sufficient.
Our Family to Family facilitators (indigenous ministry leaders) offer their time and often the time of their staff members to help facilitate our programs abroad. In all cases, this is a workload above and beyond what they already do. We do our best to raise money to help them cover the costs of operating Family to Family in their respective areas, but in recent years this has become very challenging. We often solicit contributions from churches and organizations. Several such institutions have stopped or reduced giving, citing financial difficulties of their own. We have always shored up short-falls with our general ministry fund which is there for administration costs and special funding of projects; at some point that money dries up as well.
If you, your friends, your Sunday school class, or your church would like to sponsor a family or donate to the general ministry fund this will help us to not only keep Family to Family going, but begin helping several families who are awaiting a sponsor.
Refugee Relief - Thanks to your support, our ministry partner in Jordan continues to help hundreds of Syrian and Iraqi refugees who have been displaced due to the ongoing perils of war and violence. We have featured Isam Ghattas in many of our newsletters as he is doing a fantastic job at providing humanitarian aid and ministry to those who currently have no home. As winter has arrived there is much need for food, blankets, jackets, and heaters as many do not have such items as they arrived with only what they could carry on their backs! Please consider a year-end gift for refugee relief.
Casa de Vida - Venture International hosts a wonderful inner-city youth program in Chandler, Arizona ran by an amazing Christian couple, Mark and Janet Drez. The events and activities reach out to their neighborhood and include: Junior High and High School teen nights, sports tournaments, elementary school Vacation Bible School, day camps, and simply doing life with their neighbors.
Every week 30 to 80 teens descend on Casa de Vida for fun, friendship, games and food. They are mentored, prayed with, loved.
In Closing - All of the aforementioned programs and projects cannot happen without your support. In many cases, Venture International has to pull additional funds (more than usual) from our General Ministry Fund just to make ends meet. Needless to say, that fund, which helps keep things going is hurting the most right now. Please consider donating to our General Ministry Fund to help us end the year on a good note by at least ending on-budget.
I am looking forward to the new year as we continue to help those who are often called The Forgotten Christians and help others learn about Jesus. In April, we celebrated our 31st year in ministry! Our founders, Len and Pauline Rodgers, continue to provide us with faithful support and guidance and are a true blessing to this ministry.
Please consider donating toward any one of the aforementioned ministries by visiting our website and following your favorite program or project to its designated donate page.
If you are mailing a check (address below) please designate your favorite ministry on the memo line. Please remember, all donations must be postmarked by December 31st to claim on your 2017 taxes.
Blessings to you and your family and I pray you have a very Merry Christmas!
Cherrie Dickerson, PresidentVenture International
Instructions for giving:
Online - Go to www.ventureint.org and click on the donation link of your choice. Once there just insert the amount in the contribution line.
By Check - Please write your preference on the memo line.
By Phone - Please call 480 730-2702. If I am not able to answer the phone, please leave a message and I will call you back ASAP. I am able to process credit cards through Venture International's banking portal.
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