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As I sat out on the deck this morning preparing for the day ahead, I asked the Lord what he wanted me to share with you in this letter. At Lifetime it feels as though we too are facing a new day. God has faithfully provided a fresh vision to our board and staff, and we are excited to see what the future holds.

If you have followed Lifetime for any length of time, you know that we rarely if ever talk about our need for financial support. I believe God is leading me to share our financial needs and ask you to seek his heart about how you might become involved with Lifetime.

Since 2008 we have seen a steady decline in contributions. We have responded by making significant changes to our operating costs including moving out of a leased office and into a virtual home office, realigning staff pay to accurately match their responsibilities, and redesigning our website to eliminate ongoing maintenance fees. In 2011 alone we will remove another $30,000 from our annual operating budget. Stewardship is one of our organizational values, and we believe these spending adjustments align with that value. We continue to pray for wisdom to discern what other opportunities exist to ensure we operate with integrity and great stewardship.

This is where you come into the picture. We believe it is God’s desire to see Lifetime remain a viable ministry. Lifetime is currently supported by a fairly small group of people who feel led to partner with us. They believe that through the ministry of Lifetime, individuals experience freedom as they embrace the grace of God and are changed as they understand their identity in Christ. We are asking for your support, and we are asking in the spirit of, “Lord, what would you have me do?” We do not want to play upon your emotions or even attempt to convince you of the reasons to give. We ask that you spend time with God asking him to show you how to partner with Lifetime. As his child, we know that you hear and understand his voice. We trust him to reveal his will to you and empower you to respond to what he says. Thank you in advance for responding to his lead.