A Special Message from Me to You!
I would like to share with you a change I am making regarding Fresh Manna. If you appreciate my efforts in writing to you for all these years, then please do me this one favor. Read this and keep an open heart! Thank you in advance for that.
I hope one of the reasons you are reading this is because you have been blessed by my Fresh Manna. If you don’t know who I am or much about me, I encourage you to read my “About Me” page. I have been writing this blog since the year 2000. As of December 2015, I will have written four times a week for the past 15 years. In all that time, I have never had a donate button on my site nor have I ever asked for a penny. To the contrary, I have not wanted to receive anything, but only to give.
I am a Pastor, and this was a way for me to reach beyond the four walls of the church and to touch the heart of others with the teaching, love, and grace of Jesus Christ. I had no idea that it would evolve to the point it has today. For the past three years, Fresh Manna has been read in over 196 countries. I have people write me daily with their thanks, their kind words and their problems. I’ve responded to almost every one in the past 15 years. I began using Twitter in 2008, to again increase reaching more people with the love of Jesus, and I now have over 112,000 followers who each have their own follower base. My tweets on Twitter, which are almost exclusively about the love of God, are re-tweeted (re-sent out by others) thereby reaching 2 to 4 million people virally. Those who follow me on Twitter also communicate with me and often ask for prayer or guidance. I also respond to almost every one of those people. Needless to say, this has become a labor of love which I have adjusted my life to accommodate. I gave up Marathon running to free up hours of daily running so that I could do this. It has been well worth it.
As I continue to find ways to reach people, there have been increasing expenses which I have always paid for. Your donation will continue to help me write and expand the publication of Fresh Manna on the web. It will also pay for the cost of sending the email subscriptions that currently are and always will be free to Fresh Manna readers.
We now have children on the mission field in the third world country of Peru and want to do more to support them in their amazing work. They are impacting thousands there in a variety of impacting ways. They also help an orphanage in Peru that takes in fully disabled children of parents who don’t know how nor have the resources to care for them. The donations that come into our ministry will be used for these outreaches. I will take no salary of any kind for myself and will only cover the nominal costs of the fees for this blog, PayPal, and other very small administrative fees. The rest will be fully used on the mission field.
I pray that my posts been a blessing to you. I know they are to many which is the reason this blog has grown to the level it has. Many people over the years have asked if they could donate. Some have said they didn’t have a home church to tithe to and wanted to send it to me. Others wanted to send in donations to help further my work of getting Fresh Manna to the world. So after 15 years of kindly thanking them but turning all but a few down (who just mailed it to me without asking), I will no longer do so. I will receive and put to work the donations you would like to send in. This is a non-profit ministry, and your donations are tax-deductible according to the laws of your country.
The Christmas Season is here and if you do end-of-the-year giving and would like to donate to our efforts, just click on the donate button on my home page. It’s very simple to do. You will immediately be emailed a receipt for your giving. We want to sincerely thank you for any gift you may make. Please know that God’s Word promises that even the smallest effort from the heart, to touch and bless the life of another, will not go unrewarded. Thank you and God bless you.
Matthew 10:42 (NKJV) “And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim and Renee Burt