I don't like "year-end ask" letters. There, I said it! I have a hard time sending letters that start out by expressing warm wishes, Christmas greetings, and thankfulness for those who supported our ministry over the past year, only to end the letter saying, "Please send more money!" Of course I wouldn't use those exact words, but that is the feeling I get from year-end appeals. I want this season to be a time when I think about giving and thankfulness, and not asking others to give to us.
I'll also admit that, especially in past years, I have not looked forward to receiving year-end appeals for financial support. For some reason it bothers me when I eagerly open a "Christmas card", and it ends up being a request for money (sorry if this offends you; I hope you'll keep reading). But that's ironic, especially this year. We have been setting aside some funds and are looking for places to give. Am I crazy or what? I want to give, but I don't want anyone to ask me to give! Yeah, I guess I am crazy. Sure, there are times when God brings someone to mind, without any intervention by us. But He frequently uses some sort of communication, such as a letter or a presentation.
As I receive year-end appeal letters, I suppose I need to look at them as opportunities—especially since I am still considering where to give before the end of the year. I also realize that there may be other people out there in the same boat. So without making any desperate pleas or twisting your arm, I will just say this: if you're still contemplating options for year-end giving, and would like to help us continue ministry for another year, here's how you can help. If you want to know what we've been doing over the past year, feel free to look back over our blog, and especially our Facebook page and Vimeo account.
To those of you who have prayed, given, or supported our ministry in any way: thank you! It is a privilege to serve with MMS Aviation, helping to send people and planes around the world with the message of Christ and the love of God. May you be blessed as you celebrate and remember the coming of Jesus during this Advent and Christmas season. It's because of Him that we have true life, and can shine His light to others.