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).
Overcoming the Latest Challenges
Dear ACTS Friend,
The past few weeks have had their interesting challenges. In the midst of God's never ending blessings with decision for Christ responses being received almost every day of the year, there is never a shortage of obstacles.
Painting “Jesus Wept” by Erik Hollander
Used by permission.
This past month, for instance, in one day we were bombarded with endless spam email messages. My ACTS email address was bombarded with 297,000+ (yes, 297,000+ is correct) spam emails. The emails poured in. I couldn't stop them. Our server had to close us down to stop and get rid of all these wretched emails.
At the same time Joy's ACTS email address was bombarded with 238,298+ spam email messages. Every time she tried to delete just one of these emails, it "froze" her computer. We had to take her computer to a local tech service company to resolve this problem.
Sometimes, too, I receive some of the nastiest emails ever. Yes, they hurt, but we figure as long as we are reaching people worldwide with the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, we will continue to be attacked. There is no doubt that Satan hates the publishing of the gospel.
This past week has been very sad. On Monday we attended the Memorial Service of the Late Robert H. Schuller, founder of the Crystal Cathedral, which was a very moving service. We attended because I had taught in the Singles and Divorce and Grief Recover ministry at the former Cathedral for over twenty years. On Saturday morning we attended the funeral of a very dear friend of Joy's from our local church who finally lost a ten-year battle with cancer.
On Saturday afternoon we visited Earl Davis, the long-term Board Chairman of ACTS. Earl is now in the final stages of incurable kidney cancer. Yesterday family and friends gathered around him to say their last farewells. Instead of my comforting Earl, I was so upset, he
comforted me! Because of his great faith in the Lord, he was very upbeat. Please pray for Earl and his family at this very sad time of impending loss.
In the meantime, we count it a wonderful privilege to be called of God to reach so many people worldwide every weekday of the year with the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ via ACTS Daily Encounter with almost 372,986 subscribers, and many thousands more every day of the year via our gospel websites.
We thank God for the incredible means of communication He has given to today's Church to be able to reach so many people worldwide with His message of eternal life. Besides our gospel websites in English, we also have a gospel website and Daily Encounter in Spanish. It is also a great blessing that so many people worldwide use English as a second language!
As of the end of last month, since going on line in 1998, ACTS has received 44,587 salvation and re-commitment to Christ decision responses from 168 countries that we know about. Some of these decisions are coming from Muslim countries where it is a death sentence to preach the gospel or to be caught accepting Christ as Savior. On average, people from 194 countries and territories visit ACTS gospel web pages every month.
We are also extremely thankful for every ACTS prayer and support partner. Every one plays a vital role in helping to make ACTS gospel outreach possible.
Again this month, we are totally dependent on both your prayer and financial support to keep us actively reaching people worldwide for Christ every day of the year. As you stand with us again this month, may God richly bless and reward you in His own abundant way.
Gratefully in Christ,
Dick and Joy Innes
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. Pray for ACTS Chairman, Earl Davis, for comfort in his closing days.
2. 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 subscriber in the past year.
3. Pray for the protection of all of ACTS ministries from evil attacks. And please pray for us personally—physically, emotionally and spiritually.
4. And please do 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.