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).
Changing the World . . . One Person at a Time
Dear ACTS Friend,
The ACTS Board of Directors, along with Joy and myself, wish all ACTS supporters and friends God’s very best for the New Year—all year long. We also express our appreciation for standing with ACTS so faithfully this past year!
2014 was another very encouraging year. Daily, Weekend, and Prayer Encounters now have 387,131 worldwide subscribers—375,553 of which are Daily Encounter subscribers who will this year receive a Biblically based message every weekday of the year. Thus, in 2015 we will be sending out close to 100 million Daily Encounter messages—an incredible God-given opportunity for reaching so many people worldwide with the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2015 will be ACTS 47th year publishing the gospel, and in today’s world the opportunity for reaching people for Christ worldwide has never been more possible. For instance, it is reported that “every single day more than two million people around the world search the Internet for spiritual hope, meaning and purpose.” What an incredible opportunity this provides for today’s Church and Christians to help fulfill Christ’s Great Commission to so many people!
However, according to the highly respected Barna Research Group, “The research shows that when pastors evaluate the success of their church, they measure attendance, dollars raised, number of staff, number of programs and square footage.… The only problem is that Jesus didn’t die a horrible and unjust death on the cross to fill sanctuaries, generate cash, populate programs, hire religious professionals, or build out campuses.”
May we never forget that, as the late Oswald J. Smith of Canada stated: “The supreme task of the church is the evangelization of the world,” which is in total harmony with what Jesus commanded his followers when He commissioned them saying: “You are to go into the entire world and preach the gospel to everyone everywhere.”
To do this will always be a challenge. For instance, “if you build it, they will come” may work in Hollywood movies, but not in getting visitors to come to gospel websites. I heard an American evangelist (when I was a teen growing up in Australia) say, “He who whispers down a well about the things he has to sell doesn’t get as many dollars as he who climbs a tree and hollers!”
How true this principle is. To reach people worldwide and “have them visit” ACTS’ gospel websites and subscribe to Daily Encounter takes continual and aggressive advertising—something we budget for every day of the year. As a result we are communicating the gospel to mega thousands of people worldwide 7-24-365! As a result, almost every day of the year we are receiving decision responses for Christ from around the world!
In ACTS, it’s not the number of e-mail subscribers we are most excited about. The 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 is also a very effective means of—and part of—ACTS follow-up program for every person who records a decision response for Christ through ACTS ministry—is encouraged to subscribe to Daily Encounter which comes without charge.
As reported last month, since going online in 1998 ACTS has received 44,085 salvation and re-commitment to Jesus Christ responses from 165 countries. Also every month, on average, people from 194 countries and territories visit the ACTS gospel websites.
In 2015 the urgency of reaching people for Christ worldwide is as critical as ever for the simple fact that people without Christ are LOST FOR ALL ETERNITY.
Remember, too, that Christ’s last commission to His disciples and followers when He was here on earth needs to be the first responsibility of His followers today. Furthermore, as God’s Word also says: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things" (Romans 10:15, NKJV).
And as Billy Graham said, "I am convinced the greatest act of love we can ever perform for people is to tell them about God's love for them in Christ."
ACTS goal again this year is to do everything we can to reach as many people as possible worldwide with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ, so we encourage and ask you in Christ’s name will you prayerfully consider standing with ACTS this year with your earnest prayer and faithful financial support. It is your help that makes ACTS ministry possible and makes you a vital part of ACTS gospel outreach.
Our need for support is great, so may we please hear from you today? As you stand with us, may God richly bless and reward you in His own abundant way.
Gratefully in Christ,
Dick and Joy Innes
P.S. "Our greatest legacy will be those who live eternally in heaven because of our efforts.”
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.
For Business Witness Cards ... see below!
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.
NOTE: U.S.A. Residents: ACTS International is registered in the State of California as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax deductible organization.
Memorial Gifts for 2014
Aavakivi, Ilmar-Erik: in memory of Ukrainian victims of Communist terror.
Biedron, Sandra: in memory of Albert Lloyd Hopkins.
Carpio, Teresa See: in memory of Betty Cecilia See Wah Carpio.
Ford, Twylla: in memory of Gladys Romano.
Glasscock, James: in memory of Charales and Gune Glasscock.
Hope, Sally: in memory of her loving father, Roy E. Johnson.
Hull, Jon: in memory of Our Military Veterans.
Williams, Cynthia: in memory of William E. Hinson, Jr., and Evelyn
Schelvan, Gary: in memory of Calvin M. Schelvan.