Dear Brothers and Sisters,
"The love of Christ urges us on, for we are convinced one died for all…" writes St. Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians (5:14). At ChristLife, we are brothers and sisters who are urged on by our belief that ultimate meaning and purpose in life is found in the Person of Jesus Christ.
During our 20th Anniversary Celebration in November, we announced a new project: producing a second edition of Discovering Christ. Plans are moving forward and a filmed Discovering Christ retreat weekend is scheduled for March 11-13, 2016! Our fundraising goal was $100,000, which enhances the production quality of the videos and manuals, significantly improves how we communicate the Gospel, enables people to stream the course videos online, as well as provides Spanish subtitles and manuals.
We are receiving enthusiastic feedback and support from parishes across the country for the second edition of Discovering Christ! However, we have also received input from several Spanish-speaking communities that shared, "Spanish subtitles are a good step, but what about using Spanish voices?" We heard this request and recognize the need. After discussion, research, and prayer, we have decided to expand the project scope to include Spanish dubbing if we can reach our new fundraising goal.
With this addition to the project scope, our new fundraising goal is $130,000.
Six years ago, when Discovering Christ was first released, we had no idea of the impact it would make. Over 50,000 people have attended the course in over 500 parishes in 9 countries! While the breadth of the impact is astounding, what brings us to our knees in grateful praise is when we see just one person opening up to the beauty of the saving love of Jesus Christ. As Pope Benedict writes, “Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.”
Our prayer is that the Lord would use this new edition of Discovering Christ to multiply the number of lives transformed by the power of the Gospel.
I am excited to announce we have already raised $97,460 of the $130,000 through the generosity of several grant foundations, and a number of generous people like you! We have $32,540 left to raise by April 1. Please make a generous contribution today to help us accomplish our goal.
Thank you for considering, your brother in Christ,