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To my brothers and sisters in Christ,

Life is full of twists and turns, and we rarely know where it, or rather, where God, will lead us. I've spent the majority of my life pursuing this amazing God we serve, and He has surprised me on a number of occasions. Just when I think I have His plans figured out, He makes a turn in another direction.

Anyone who has walked with God for a time knows that He loves to get us out of our comfort zone. He loves to stretch us, mold us, shape us, and cause us to grow in ways we never knew possible. And fortunately -- or unfortunately, depending on our point of view -- He isn't shy about telling us to do things we may not want to do.

Ever been there? I know I have. Many times, in fact. And, I'm about to go there again, right now.

You see, over the course of the past couple months or so, the Lord has been impressing something upon me -- something that He wants me to do. I have to admit, I wasn't very excited about it. In fact, at first I brushed it off thinking I must be mistaken, or that I wasn't hearing correctly. However, that still, small voice I have become so very well acquainted with kept coming back. And in God's kind, yet firm way, He made His direction clear -- and I have to obey.

What is it that God wants me to do? He wants me to ask you to consider giving a financial gift or offering.

Please, just hear me out -- it won't cost you anything to hear me out.

I understand, sometimes it seems as though all that ministers ever do is ask for money. I understand that there are some who have abused the privilege of their position, and treated people like their own personal piggy-bank. I understand that some have used shame, guilt, coercion, and grand promises to try to move you to action. I also understand the controversy that surrounds this issue, and the damage that has been done to people and to ministries because of it.

As a minister, and as a brother in Christ, allow me say, I'm sorry that these things have happened to many of you. I'm sorry that some have mistreated you, used you, and taken you for granted. It should have never happened, and there are most certainly adjustments that need to be made within the Church.

However, I think we all know, not all ministers are like this. We also know that ministries and churches of all sizes need funding to enable them to do the work they do. Without it, not only are they severely limited, they also have a much higher likelihood of disappearing.

But, before we go any further, let's take a step back. I'm sure some who don't know me are wondering who I am, what I'm about, and why they should consider my request. It's a fair question, and one I will try to answer as quickly as I can. Of course, you can always read my messages, or just talk to me, to get a better idea of who I am.

It seems appropriate to start off where most Christian testimonies start. I was saved at the young age of seven in a rather unusual way. I had an encounter with God, which is an interesting story in and of itself -- remind me to tell it to you sometime. Later in life, when I was twenty, I was called to the five-fold ministry as a prophet -- though some believe me to be an apostle -- and I have been serving God ever since.

I rarely speak of things like positions, titles and callings, as it pertains to myself. Neither do I speak of things that are commonly used to lend credibility. I believe it's far more important to just be who we are, and do what God tells us to do. But I'll admit, not talking about myself can make it a bit more difficult for people to get to know me, but I'm trying.

If I had to describe myself, I think the description that fits me best is, a regular guy who wanted to know God and chose to pursue Him. And by "God" I mean the God of the Bible, and by extension His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. And when I say "pursue God," I mean making all else second to knowing Him, understanding Him, following Him, and serving Him.

I'm an ordained minister, ordained by God, and have served as the director of an international ministry. I've also served as leadership in a couple other smaller ministries. Over the years I've ministered to many people, and mentored others, helping them understand and use their spiritual gifts.

To date, I have authored three books, and am currently working on a fourth. Each one focuses on different aspects of God, as well as our walk with Him, and life in general. I've also written a number of messages which can currently be found on my Facebook page, and later, on my web site.

It's the desire of my heart to see people live free. Not just free to make their own choices, but free from the entanglements of sin, oppression, emotional issues, physical issues, heart issues, and wrong thinking.

I also enjoy romantic dinners, long walks on the beach, and getting caught in the rain. Oh, and, I have a bit of an off-beat sense of humor as well.

I know some will find it rather convenient that God led me to make this request and will somehow be convinced that I'm in the wrong for doing so. This, incidentally, is part of the reason I wasn't terribly excited about doing this. However, for those of you who are more reasonable, allow me to say this...

For many years I have given of myself to whomever the Lord placed in my path, and done so sacrificially. My desire was to help people, and I did so while trying my absolute best to make my way in life. Not once did I ask for any kind of recompense from any of those I ministered to, nor did I desire to ask. And suffice it to say, I received what I asked for.

It has been a very long, very dry road for me, and I have suffered a great deal of loss in every area because of my choice to pursue God above all else. Ask anyone who knows and they will tell you, following the Lord closely comes at a price, and I have paid dearly. This has been my personal cross to bear, and it is no one else's responsibility but my own -- one I gladly take up in service to our Lord and to others. Still, the burden has been quite heavy, and the opposition has been great. And sometimes, we all need someone who is willing to help.

No, I'm not going to try to dazzle you with sales pitches of lofty goals. No, I'm not going to tell you how much God is going to bless you if you respond, even though I believe in this spiritual principle. And no, I'm not going to try to guilt you into giving by playing on our God-given role as Christians. I will, however, give you my word.

I will continue to do as the Lord directs, to the best of my ability, so long as I have the strength to do so. Currently this means giving of myself, and sharing what the Lord has given me, as I have always done. I will write the messages He has me write, minister to those He has me minister, pray for those He has me pray for, and mentor those He has me mentor. If He leads me to do something else, then I will do that as well.

I know this isn't an extravagant plan, neither is it exciting or flashy. This is just what the Lord has me doing right now. But flashy or not, this will make a difference in the lives of those who receive it, and I invite you to be a part of that.

Your gift or offering will help to bring some much needed strength to some very weary hands, help meet financial needs, and best of all, make it possible for me to continue to do the work I know and love... helping people.

I have no doubt that God has directed me to present you with this request, therefore it stands to reason that there are those He is calling upon to respond. So I would ask, would you please consider giving a gift of $100?

Can't see your way clear to give that much? I understand -- trust me, I very much understand.

Have the means to give more? If you can, then I can't tell you how much of tremendous help that would be.

Either way, please take the time to consider what you can do before the Lord. Having served in other ministries in the past, I can tell you first hand, not a lot of people respond when called upon. It's one reason why small, yet very good ministries, struggle endlessly, and often disappear. So please, don't pass this by believing someone else will respond, because, unfortunately, many will not.

To give a gift or offering, click here to see the ways you can do so.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, send me a message, I'd love to talk with you. And if you know of anyone who might want to help, I'd appreciate you passing this request on to them.

Thank you for taking the time to hear me out. And, as always, regardless of whether you give a little, a lot, or not at all, may God bless you richly!

Mark Moyers

Galatians 5:1 (NIV) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

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