Friday, March 16, 2012

On where help comes from

The idea seemed so simple. Tell the supporters of HUMANITY FOR PRISONERS just exactly where we stand. Lay our cards on the table. And so at the end of February we frankly stated that we weren't sure how much longer we could continue. Due to lower contributions in January and February, our wonderful year-end surplus was gobbled up. Going into March it appeared we would have to raise about $10,000 to stay afloat.

And it seemed to have worked. The newsletter arrived in the mail boxes of our more than 300 supporters, and they responded. In the first week we raised several thousand dollars. And the exciting thing was that a number of people responded to a suggestion of one supporter that we form a 100 CLUB, whereby supporters would pledge to contribute $100 a month. The idea was that if we could get 100 people to do this, we wouldn't have to be fretting about fund-raising each month and instead could spend our time doing what we do best: advocating for prisoners.

Then came the second week of March. Everything came to a halt. We were busy spending our time on some critical prisoner healthcare issues. Today I reviewed the mail for the week. Not one contribution. Not one dollar.

What does that mean?

Well, for one thing, it means we must raise a lot yet this month. And even though we are reminded in the Bible not to worry about tomorrow, the month of April is a concern, because the same bills are going to come due again then.

Your thoughts and ideas are welcome. Your prayers are necessary.

I'm falling back on Psalm 121. The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

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