|Dear Friend; When we first began preparing to raise money for 1,000,000 copies of The Book of Redemption, I knew I would need help from a lot of friends. Our church is in inner-city Chicago. That means we have very heavy expenses and a lot of people with limited income. We also subsidize our Christian school to the tune of about $1,000 a week. We are always limited financially and we have to be very careful all the time. We would need to raise about $85,000.
Our plan is seven days of massive Scripture portion distribution and eight nights of prayer meetings for the people of Chicago. This will take place from Oct 6 – 13.The last fourteen weeks have been a great experience. We have raised $60,000. Contributions have come from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Alaska, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Ohio, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Canada.
The largest contributor has been Ravenswood Baptist Church with over $6,000. Another church gave $5,000. One church made two gifts that totaled over $2,300. Three churches gave $2,000. Several have given $1,000 and we have had many gifts of $500 or less. We have had gifts from churches, individuals, a children’s home, two Bible Colleges and three missions boards. The most touching gift came from one of our primary girls at Ravenswood. She brought me an envelope with a dollar in it.I am deeply grateful for each gift. I know how tough the economy is right know.
Now I have to raise $25,000 over the next ten days. It has to be done. It cannot be done later. It must be done now. I am devoting the next 48 hours to asking for 100 gifts of $250.00. I know that it is difficult to raise large amounts of money in such a short time but I am hoping that 100 friends of this project can come up with $250.00 each during this short period of time.Please send gifts to Ravenswood Baptist Church, 4455 N. Seeley Ave, Chicago, IL 60625. Please send them soon and remember that the Chicago post office consistently is rated the second slowest post office in America ( congratulations to San Diego which beats us every year). It would be great if we got a call or am email telling us what checks are coming. i really need your help right now.
Most of the logistics are done. We are assigning territories right now.We have already seen real blessing. A man from Chicago was visiting his brother in Texas. He knew he needed to be in church but had no idea what church to go to. He visited his brother’s church and they were praying for Reseed Chicago. He was intrigued. He came to Ravenswood the next Sunday and trusted Christ several days later.
Please join us in prayer that God will open the hearts of the people of Chicago.Pastor Phil Stringer, Ravenswood Baptist Church, Chicago