This is my public thanks to our gracious God for the way our fiscal year ended at Desiring God on June 30. We announced on June 13 that we needed $300,000 of our $5,089,810 annual budget in order to close the fiscal year with a balanced budget. Mercifully, God put it in hundreds of hearts to give a total of $354,720 (as of my writing this letter).
Please know we do not take this lightly. We are humbled and sobered. We feel a huge trust has been given to us, and we are aware that “it is required of stewards that they be found faithful” (1 Cor 4:2). Please pray for us to that end.
This surplus was especially helpful in this transition year, as we sharpened our vision by closing the online store—directing all book purchasing to partnering retailers. To close out our large and costly inventory quickly, we took losses and passed the savings on to many of you. With this surplus at year’s end we are in a position to start the new fiscal year by focusing our attention directly on implementing our strategic plan (see below).
Thank you, friends and partners in ministry, for investing in this message that we love so much: that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him (especially in hard times).
One of the ambitions that drive us at Desiring God is the passion not to grow cold in our affections for Christ. Jesus said, “Because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Rev 3:16). And he warned that “the love of many will grow cold” (Matt. 24:12).
We love to think of ourselves at Desiring God as helping you torch this global glacier. Suppose it does move over your city or church or campus or family with its deadly coldness. You don’t have to be among the frozen. You can take your torch of passion for Christ and thrust it up against the ice of indifference till there is a hole to heaven.
And if there are enough white-hot lovers of Christ torching the glacier, a big hole can be melted open—over your campus, over your church, over your family, and even over your city. We are blood-earnest about helping millions of people all over the world treasure Christ with white-hot affection. We will not yield to the glacier of end-time unbelief.
Please pray for us as we enter another year of ministry. On June 6th the Desiring God Board of Directors approved a strategic plan for our next 12 months. We are excited to present some of the aspects of that plan in the coming weeks. We love the sharpened focus of riveting our attention on the Internet as the main megaphone for our message—increasingly aiming at a global impact.
As long as God gives me life and health, I hope to give myself as Chancellor and Professor at Bethlehem College and Seminary, and as Founder and Teacher at Desiring God—with all the opportunities this opens to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples. That's the mission of these ministries. That's the mission of my life.
Thank you again for your financial support for this mission.
At Desiring God we remain your servants for Jesus' sake,
with Josh Etter
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