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Issue 2011 #3
Table of Contents:
God's Mercies to the Mission Today
The building is paid for and we've laid new laminate flooring in a number of rooms. We've fixed up the rental apartment, replaced missing shingles on the roof, and cemented around the foundation - all in the last year or so.
The rent from the apartment, and the office suite occupied by Gospel Echoes, when spread over the whole year, covers our most basic utility bills and taxes. Thus donations all go to ministry work.
Although we are super frugal with donations sent in, we rejoice that this year we have seen a good response to the fund-raisers and EMV appeals.
Just over the past four years we have been able to do a mass mailing to every postal address in Saskatchewan, and have begun to work our way across Canada starting with Newfoundland and Labrador as part of our Impact Canada mailing program. It is much more efficient and less labour-intensive than having individuals mail tracts from their various locations.
The Mailbox Club has some fluctuations in mail flow, but it is the area where we can count conversions and even some growth in those who faithfully do their lessons and send them in. Over 1000 students are enrolled. Over 600 regularly return their completed lessons. It is our discipleship program.
Several tracts are produced each year, some brand new and some updates and revisions of old tracts. Our tracts are available on the website and can be ordered from us online, or freely downloaded to print in the user's own home or office to distribute.
Ethnic ministries has been reduced in the last couple of decades to only one couple, Rick and Beryl Harbidge, working in it, but they are active in Alberta, and use home Bible studies, visiting and entertaining in their home to win people to Christ.
The sale of calendars for 2011, using those lovely pictures, brought us some additional income. We have the new 2012 calendar ready to order now. Its theme is Great Hymns of the Faith.