Brothers and Sisters,
This fall we celebrate our twenty-year anniversary. How quickly time passes as we journey to our homeland in heaven!
For several years prior to the beginning of our ministry, I repeatedly heard the Lord speaking to me through Scripture in Isaiah,
"Behold I am doing a new thing, now it springs forth do you not perceive it?" (43:18-20)
It became clear during those years that evangelization, the essential mission of the Church, was to be the focus of the mission of ChristLife.
Twenty years later, we are utterly amazed to be a part of the new thing the Lord Himself is doing in the Church. We are seeing lives changed and parishes transformed through the ChristLife series: Discovering, Following, and Sharing Christ.
Consider with me what we are witnessing. In the last 5 years, over 40,000 people in 500 parishes in 8 countries have had the opportunity to hear the Gospel through the ChristLife series. People in the pews from 80 to 18-years-old are entering into a personal relationship with Jesus for the first time. Parishes using the ChristLife series annually are beginning to turn their gaze beyond their parish walls to the vast harvest field of dropped out Catholics and the unbaptized.
Yet again we have entered a season of new things. With Pope Francis calling for reform of the Church based on the criterion of mission-effectiveness, dioceses across the country are increasingly looking to ChristLife to train their Chancery staff’s and parishes with a practical method of evangelization.
As a result, we are experiencing a tremendous season of growth. We have presented ten training conferences at the national or diocesan level in the past year, hired two additional staff members, and launched our brand new website to expand and deepen our impact.
We are also experiencing a major transition as a ministry. After 18 years we are moving our offices (as of July 1, 2015) from the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, MD to Baltimore city.
During this season of growth and transition we need your help.
The cost of additional staff, the new website, and the move have financially stretched us. We remain dependent on our partnership with brothers and sisters like you to accomplish our mission. We need your support to sustain the ministry in the coming months.
We pray daily for the fruitfulness of the ChristLife series in your parishes. Together may we see a miraculous number of people come to discover, follow and share our Lord Jesus!
We pray also as the Apostle Paul prayed that, "you will be enriched in every way by your generosity" (2 Corinthians 9:11).
With gratitude, your brother in Christ,