From Pastor John…
Desiring God exists to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ, especially by focusing on the truth, and its implications, that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.
We want to spread that truth and all of its amazingly God-exalting, practical implications everywhere in the world. So when the world passes beyond the seven billion population mark, we look at the 15 million or so people that checked us out last year and say, hmmm, that's about 0.21%. And we say: There is some work to be done here. And we aim to do it as hard and as wide as we can.
We want to multiply languages. For now we have Mandarin, Portugese, Spanish, Czech, and Swahili versions of the website. And we want to put it into all the major languages of the world.
We want to get as many barriers out of the way as possible. What that means for us financially is that upfront, on the web, everything is free. If you can hold it in your hand we sell it to you—like a book or DVD—but if it can be downloaded we're just going to give it away.
Now the way we do that is the way Paul made the gospel free. Remember Paul said, "I don't want to peddle the Word of God." I don't want to give any impression that I'm selling the gospel. That's the way we feel. And so he welcomed money from established churches to keep the Gospel free for the world. He was grateful that the people who were already believers were now supporting the front-end freeness of the gospel.
That's the way we function. We're a mainly donor-based ministry. And so if you have in any way been touched or helped by the truth that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him, I'm inviting you to be a part of the ministry in giving. It makes me really glad to think that you'd even consider it. So thank you, those of you who've given. And here at the end of the year it would make us very thankful if you partnered with us in this way.