Dear (Bob and Betty),
Glad to have talked with you and grateful for your desire to know more about supporting the ministry at Ohio State! With guys like Ryan excited for school to start… well, maybe not classes so much but everyone returning this fall… I can’t help but be excited myself as I think of all the potential and possibility of the upcoming semester.
A couple weeks ago I met up with Ryan, a junior in my upperclassmen Bible study, to catch up over lunch. As we chowed down massive Chipotle burritos, I marveled as he not only managed to finish well ahead of me but did so while talking seemingly the entire time. Perhaps… just maybe, I was too busy smiling to keep up. You see, his enthusiasm and joy was contagious as he talked about his new life with Christ.
Ryan joined my study group after going to the Greek Ski Conference in January. It was his first time of stepping out of the stereotypical fraternity lifestyle and into a wholehearted investigation of the Bible. As we talked he said that he became a Christian this spring, and as to the chances of this happening, he added, “If you would have told me a year ago that I would be where I am now doing what I’m doing and believing this, I would have said, ‘Yah, right!’”
He talked about how he is now free from doing all the stuff he never really liked, how he did it then just because everyone else did, and how he knew they never really liked it either. Motioning towards his heart, he described how it felt like a weight was lifted off of his life and how he is now free to truly live and relate to people beyond the surface. He then went on about how excited he was for school to start… well not actually school but for everyone in our group to return so that we could get back to studying the Bible, learning, and growing together. I probably had spicy corn salsa running down my chin by this point and certainly didn’t mind. I couldn’t help but smile. His experience sounded so much like mine.
You have been a part of this exciting work, monster burritos and all. As you know all Navigator missionaries are supported entirely by families, churches, and individuals like you. To continue on campus, I will need a team of friends who will stand with me again this year through prayer and financial support. Will you prayerfully consider partnering with me again this year?
Eighty percent of my budget is already committed (hooray!). Last year you gave $300 in September! May I ask you to prayerfully consider setting aside some of your giving specifically for this ministry again this year? With your help, together we can continue to reach out to students like Ryan with the life-giving power of the gospel! If you decide to give, please return the enclosed card to me in the provided envelope. Of course, do not hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions.
Excitement fills me just thinking about how the truth of God’s word has worked in the lives of students this past year. As Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free,” (John 8:31-32). What a thrill to work with young men who are taking their first steps of freedom in their journey with Christ! Thank you again for considering this opportunity.
That all the earth may know,
P.S. To give, please return the enclosed card and envelope with your check made payable to The Navigators. It will be placed in my account, and you will receive a tax-deductible receipt and return envelope for future giving. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Also, if you’d prefer monthly support this year - the most user-friendly, hassle-free way to give monthly is “Nav Direct” (EFT) option described on the pledge card. There is much less paperwork on both ends, and you can change or cancel the agreement at anytime. Thanks!
(NOTE: Remember to include the EDGE Corps or Navigator logo, your first and last name, address, phone, and e-mail.)