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).
In the Age of Electronic Communications
Dear ACTS Friend,
In our day and age it is certainly a God-given wonderful privilege to be able to reach so many people worldwide with the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ every day of the year using some of today's powerful means of
Painting “Jesus Wept” by Erik Hollander
Used by permission.
communication—the Internet and e-Mail.
As a result there is rarely a day when ACTS doesn't receive decision responses for Christ from somewhere in the world. The countries from which we have received decisions are listed at: http://www.actsweb.org/response_countries.php—from Argentina to the United Arab Emirates, and Zimbabwe—and 163 other countries in between, including Iceland!
ACTS main website is http://www.actsweb.org. The accompanying follow-up website is http://www.actsweb.org/living which lists "Ten Steps" for Spiritual Growth. Every decision respondent receives the link to this website and is encouraged to read every article, one of which is titled, "What a Good Church Can Do for You."
We also have gospel websites in Spanish, French and Finnish. These websites also have accompanying Follow-Up websites in the matching languages. A listing of these are at: http://www.actsweb.org/action.php.
According to reports from Google Statistics, on average every month visitors to ACTS websites come from 194 countries and territories. Think of the economy of this as we only have two staff in our US office—Joy, my wife, and myself. We obviously keep incredibly busy!
Besides the many visitors to ACTS websites, every weekday of the year 373,000+ worldwide subscribers receive ACTS daily devotional, Daily Encounter, which has become ACTS most effective gospel outreach tool. For example. Last month—in one day—we received 41 decisions for Christ in response to the May 7 Daily Encounter titled: "How to Be Sure You Are Going to Heaven."
In addition to the English edition of Daily Encounter there are 24,000+ subscribers receiving the Spanish edition, Encuentros Diarios.
We also receive constant responses from subscribers thanking us for Daily Encounter sharing what a blessing this ministry is to them. Here's just one of many such responses:
"Thank you for the great lesson about forgiveness and taking ownership of our own actions. May God continue to bless your ministry." – Sincerely, R.B.
Tragically, according to the highly respected Barna Research Group today's church in the USA is in decline.
In past years God has greatly blessed the Church in the USA, where we have more churches per 100,000 population than any other country in the world—and more churches per 100,000 population than in some entire countries. And yet, with all our education, multiple staffs, advanced technology, multi-million-dollar church premises, and our incredible resources, why are we making less and less impact on our society, and why are we in decline? I couldn't even get our former pastor to include a gospel message on the church website. While we are the richest church on earth, according to statistics I have read, the average church in the U.S. spends 95% of its income ministering to its members!
True, churches are vital for worshipping God collectively, for fellowship and to strengthen every believer for service to God, and we do this by serving people and being a witness to take the gospel to the nations. Jesus's commision to every church and every
Christian was and still is: "You are to go into all the world and preach the Good News [the Gospel] to everyone, everywhere" (Mark 16:15 TLB).
As the late Oswald J. Smith, missionary statesman from Canada, said, "The supreme task of the church is the evangelization of the world." And as another has wisely said, "Our greatest legacy will be those who live eternally in heaven because of our efforts." And as Winston Churchill stated, "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."
We praise God that via the web and e-Mail ACTS is reaching people to the far corners of the world with the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is not only a phenomenal opportunity, but also an investment in eternity.
We are extremely thankful for every ACTS prayer and support partner. Everyone plays a vital role in helping 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 this month—you, too, will be investing in the lives of many thousands for all eternity. 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 the family of ACTS former Board Chairman, Earl Davis, for comfort following the passing of Earl in late May.
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 subscribers 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.