Someone this week asked the question, “Why do you Raise Funds for Brigada?” This was the answer we sent:

“We send (via email) and post (on the web) Brigada Today each week, January through mid-Nov. without any financial appeals whatsoever. (We only say thank you to those who give gifts.) For the 6 weeks between mid-Nov. and the end of December, we ask people to pitch in $17,120 to cover the cost equivalent to half-a-secretary, pay for web-hosting, and some light marketing costs. We feel this is fair, since we invest between 10-20 hours per week (never less than 10, sometimes more than 20), on average, preparing Brigada, communicating with the Brigada audience, and serving the Brigada community. Brigada, then becomes a means of promoting evangelism and missions on both a national as well as an international level. It also helps provide for the base of support that enables us to do a ministry among unreached people groups personally. As president of Team Expansion, I lead 350 missionaries in 46 different countries. In reality, the organization doesn’t pay me. I have to raise funds just like all the rest of our missionaries. Brigada helps provide for our annual program and salary needs.

But please rest assured — come the first edition of January, there are no more appeals for another 10 1/2 months.

Does that help?”

The inquirer wrote back almost immediately with these exact words:

” Wonderful! Thanks for explaining and for a quick response!!
Keep up the good work”

Thank you for getting us VERY close to our budget needs for 2012. Though we have just one more week to make up the remaining $2600, we’re grateful for all those who WERE able to give and we trust that God has provided according to the needs that He, in his providential wisdom, wanted to supply. We praise Him for that and thank you for the part you played!

And, in addition, we thank you for your prayers. This week, we’ve been writing, sending, and posting Brigada Today every week for literally 18 years. We’re told that for internet websites and e-zines, that’s like an eternity. We couldn’t do this ministry without your prayers, partnership and encouragement. You’re a great bunch of friends and we appreciate you!!!!!