A word from God’s Word:“It is God himself, in his mercy, who has given us this wonderful work [of telling his Good News to others], and so we never give up” (2 Corinthians 4:1, TLB).
Dear ACTS Friend,
"Joy to the world, the Lord has come! / Let earth receive her King; / Let every heart prepare Him room / And heaven and nature sing / And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing."
Painting “Jesus Wept” by Erik Hollander
Used by permission.
How grateful we are to God for His great love gift to the world in giving His only Son—on the first Christmas—to pay the just penalty for all our sins so we could be freely forgiven and receive God's gift of eternal life. For this we will be eternally grateful.
In ACTS we also remember with sincere thanksgiving all of ACTS faithful prayer and
support partners for you have made possible all of ACTS ministries of communicating the
message of God's love to mega thousands of people worldwide for yet another year.
Continuing challenges: With so many blessings this year there have also been challenges. Earlier this year, for example, internet servers blocked Daily Encounter (ACTS weekday
e-mail devotional). As a result, 40,000+ worldwide subscribers were lost. In addition, both Joy’s and my e-mail addresses were bombarded with over 100,000 spam emails in just a few hours. These "froze" Joy's computer so that tech support had to clean everything off the hard drive on her computer and re-program it. As long as we are publishing the gospel, we will undoubtedly continue to be attacked.
In spite of attacks, 2015 has been another very encouraging year of blessing.Daily
Encounter, Weekend Encounter, and Prayer Encounter have risen back to 400,197 worldwide
subscribers with new subscribers being gained daily. Daily Encounter subscribers receive a
special message based on God's Word every weekday of the year. And with every issue there is a link to our main gospel message: "How to be Sure You're a Real Christian" (without having to be religious) at: http://www.actsweb.org/christian/know_god01.php.
The most encouraging news is that there is rarely a day all year when we don’t receive decision responses for Christ—that have come from 164 countries that we are aware of! In fact, since changing from the print media in 1998 to the electronic media—e-Mail and the Internet—ACTS has received over 44,000 decision responses for Christ (approximately one-third of these for salvation and two-thirds for re-commitment to Jesus Christ).
We certainly praise God for this incredible opportunity to be able to reach so many people in today's world with the gospel by so few people (only two staff in our U.S. office), and for so little cost relative to the many years when we used hard copy print to publish the gospel!
Furthermore, by the end of 2015 we will have sent out over 100 million Daily Encounter messages this year alone to our worldwide subscribers.
To reach people worldwide and have them visit ACTS gospel web pages takes vigorous advertising—something we budget for every day of the year. As a result we are communicating the gospel to mega thousands of people worldwide 24-7-365 as we advertise via an Internet
service that reaches non-Christians.
A major reason for building the subscriber list is because Daily Encounter is our most productive means of gospel outreach. This is why we advertise via the secular media; that is, so we can reach and win the lost to Jesus. Daily Encounter also serves as an effective follow-up tool for all new followers of Jesus Christ. This is besides our special follow-up website with ten special articles designed for the growth of new Christians at: http://www.actsweb.org/living.
According to a reliable source "every single day more than two million people around the world search the Internet for spiritual hope, meaning and purpose." What an incredible opportunity for God's people of today to fulfill Christ's Great Commission! And, as the late
Oswald J. Smith of Canada reminds us: "The supreme task of the church is the evangelization of the world." This is exactly as Jesus commanded his followers saying: "You are to go into all the world and preach the gospel to everyone everywhere."
As already noted, the most exciting news is that almost every day of the year ACTS is receiving decision for Christ responses from around the world; all of which is made possible
because of the support of sacrifical friends such as yourself.
In thanksgiving to God for his unspeakable gift to the world at Christmas 2,000 years ago, will you prayerfully consider giving a special sacrificial gift for the publishing of the gospel at this time through ACTS International—a gift that will help make a difference for all eternity in the lives of thousands of people—and that will help ACTS finish 2015 with every
invoice paid, and get off to a dynamic start in the New Year? As another has said, "Our greatest legacy will be those who live eternally in heaven because of our efforts."
We give thanks for every donation—as every dollar is critical for keeping ACTS on the front line of worldwide gospel outreach. As you stand with us at this critical time, may God greatly bless and reward you in his own abundant way. May we please hear from you today?
Gratefully in Christ,
Dick and Joy Innes
Publishing the Gospel
24 Hours a Day ... 365 Days a Year
P.S. Please consider using the ACTS Business Witness Cards—a very simple, tactful and effective way to witness for Christ. For Witness Cards ... see below!
SPECIAL PRAYER REQUESTS
1. Some email servers continue to block Daily Encounter treating it as spam just because it is bulk email and we never ever spam anyone. Pray that this can be defeated. This blocking has cause a loss of more than 40,000 subscribers in the past year.
2. Pray for the protection of all of ACTS ministries from evil attacks. And please pray for us personally—physically, emotionally and spiritually.
3. And please pray for God's continued and increased financial support so we can advertise more widely to reach mega-thousands more unsaved people worldwide with the gospel.
Donations can be sent on the ACTS secure donor site at: https://actscom.com/donate.php. Donations can be sent via the mail/post to ACTS International at the address below.
Donations can also be sent via direct bank transfer to the bank account of ACTS International. For information on how to do this, please check HERE and then check the box
NOTE: ACTS International is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.
U.S. donations are tax-deductible.
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Continued need for special prayer. As noted before, this past year we lost one half of our regular monthly supporters; thus there is a vital need to replace these donors so we can maintain our uncompromising gospel outreach.
Additional Outreach Opportunities: Ralph Porter, a military chaplain, forwards many issues of Daily Encounter to those to whom he ministers. In doing so he is reaching many service personnel with the gospel of Jesus Christ. So we encourage you to also forward copies of Daily Encounter to friends and contacts to help share the message of Jesus Christ with them.
ACTS International P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, CA 92673
Business Witness Cards
Business witness cards are available to invite friends and contacts to visit a Good News website where the gospel and Christian message is applied to the every day needs of readers and communicated in non-churchy language.
Witness cards are also available for People Power for Jesus movement, and more. These offer a simple, attractive and non-threatening way to help spread the gospel around the world via the Internet. These cards come in packs of 50 and are available on line for a small cost to cover the cost of printing and shipping.
NOTE: Good News Business Witness cards are available in packs of 50 for: “Thank You for your friendly service,” “Find Peace With God,” “Daily Encounter” “USA.” “Canada,” “The World,” “How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian,” “Thank You US Marines and Families,” “People Power Invitation,” “Good News for San Clemente” and in “Spanish” for a donation as small as $5 or more.
See samples at: http://actscom.com/witness_cards.php.