This morning I am sitting in a host home I normally stay in during our Stand True Summer Mission Trip. I am speaking in Cleveland this weekend and they offered my daughter and me a place to sleep for a few days, to help us save Stand True three days of hotel costs. I love our supporters so much even though I hate asking for support.
I was talking to a friend recently about how much I hate to write our monthly support letters and he said something to me that made me pause. He told me that while it is never fun asking people for money, those that support the work we do at Stand True only wish they could give more than they do. He told me that those who love our ministry want to know what our needs are so they can pray for us and support in whatever way they can.
I thought about that for a minute and realized that this is true for other ministries that I love and support. I do want to know their needs; even if I cannot always send them money, I can pray for their needs. So while I cannot say that I love this process, I will do it with the knowledge that I am giving you the opportunity to pray for us and support this important work. If I had not asked the Kribbs for a place to stay, I would have had to pay for three nights of hotel in Cleveland, and that would have been expensive.
March is actually one of the most expensive months for Stand True as we have to start paying deposits for all of booths we need during the Stand True Summer Mission Trip.
Every summer, Stand True reaches hundreds of thousands for young people with the pro-life message. At each festival we will have at least 10,000 people a day come by our booth. Many of these people have no idea what abortion is or how it is affecting our nation.
The Stand True missionaries live in tents, floors of host homes and the seat of the van for months as they travel across the country. They give up luxuries like beds, hot showers, hot meals and even stand behind the booth in 6 inches of mud for hours in order to be able to reach out to their generation with the message of life and the Gospel of Christ.
We have to raise at least $25,000 to prepare for the Sumer Mission Trip and get all the booths paid for, get the van fixed and start to order the materials needed. The total Summer Mission Trip will cost over $50,000.
This is on top of monthly expenses we have to pay every month; this is something we really need you to step forward on and make sure we are able to accomplish this summer.
Here is the breakdown:
Booth cost per festival: $1,200 – $2,000
Literature, educational materials and merchandise: $15,000
Fuel, vehicle insurance, maintenance: $8,000
We need you to make the most generous donation possible today to make sure we are able to hit the road this summer and reach hundred of thousands of young people with the pro-life message and the Gospel of Christ.
Do you support the work we are doing here at Stand True? If so please consider support our ministry financially. It does not matter if it is $5, $10 $50 or $500 dollars; every little bit helps right now.
Donate online at https://www.standtrue.com or at the top of this blog in the top right corner.
Or send a check to: Stand True – PO Box 890 – Troy, OH 45373