By Dan Wooding, Founder of the ASSIST News Service
LAKE FOREST, CA (ANS – May 10, 2017) – I do hope you will bear with me, but I am hoping that this will be the final SOS message I will be sending you about our difficult situation, and that there will be a solution that will keep our news service going.
You will recall that I recently sent out some messages that we, at ANS, have been facing an unprecedented crisis in that our funds had dropped to the lowest for many years and, unless we got some urgent funding within days, we may have had to close down our news service.
It’s been a tough time for us, especially as we try keep our expenses down to a minimum, and none of our writers, including myself, get a regular salary, but we trust the Lord to provide for us via our friends and churches who believe in what we do.
I am glad to say that many of our ANS friends from all over the world have rallied to our support, and also sent some wonderful messages of encouragement saying that we MUST NOT CLOSE ANS. Many of them have also backed it up with donations.
We are so grateful for their kindness, as these gifts have gone a long way to us being able to meet our present expenses, which include office rent, insurance, phone and Internet costs, but we are still are around $2,000 short of covering all of our expenses, and so ensuring the future of ANS, something I am sure you would all welcome. Maybe you could consider sending a donation right now towards that amount, which would help us cover all of our expenses and get us over the line.
I know that many of you would not wish ANS to close down, as it is one of the only ways you can get information about the dire situation our brothers and sisters are facing. They are pleading with us to continue bringing you this vital news so you can pray for them, and also get behind them in their desperate time of need.
We are particularly concerned about the plight of Asia Bibi, the Christian mother-of-five, who is languishing on death row in Pakistan, and still can’t get a date from the Supreme Court of this Islamic country, for her appeal against her conviction, which could mean that she would be hung for alleged blasphemy, something she has always denied. This is one of the vital stories that we have been featuring for many years on ANS for your prayers and actions.
So, I am coming back to you for hopefully one last time, to see if you could help get us over the finish line, especially if you appreciate what we do (and have done for more than 25 years now). Whether you are media, who use our stories, or individuals who enjoy, and are challenged and blessed by our many stories, please prayerfully consider making an urgent and generous donation to ASSIST (tax deductible in the US) to help us continue, and so ensure that we will not have to close our doors.
All you need to do is go to www.assistnews.net and then scroll down the page until you see DONATE TO ASSIST NEWS, and there you can put in the amount you wish to give as a one-off, or monthly offering. I know that many of you would prefer to make out a check, so please do so to ASSIST, and then mail it to: PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609, USA. (If you are sending a check, would you mind letting me know by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, what you are kindly sending, so I can tell my dear wife Norma of 54 years, and our volunteer administrator, that the gifts are coming in.)
I want to thank you in advance for standing with us in this time of crisis, and, by doing so, you will be allowing ANS to continue our Kingdom work. Yours will be a “Gift of Hope,” not only for ANS, but also for those that we serve around the world who are suffering so much for their faith in Jesus Christ.
Our full name is Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times, and your gift will be doing just that. You will be aiding these “Special Saints” in what are the most “Strategic Times” that many of us can remember.
Blessings from Dan and Norma Wooding (www.assistnews.net)
PS. I hope you like this picture of Norma outside our home who, besides administering ASSIST, loves to spend time her spare time tending the roses.