by Pastor Tim Burt
Greetings from the Burts! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Renee and I have been thinking about you all. Many of you we know, but there are so many of you that we don’t know personally. But, the moment you engaged in reading Fresh Manna, we adopted you into our family of friends and daily prayer. We know that some of you are doing great. Some of you are hurting. Some of you have great needs and some of you need a miracle right now. Some of you are excited about growing in the knowledge and call of Jesus on your life. We’ve been thinking and praying for all of you over Christmas.
As we celebrate God’s gift of Jesus, gift-giving seems to be on most people’s minds. If that’s true, thinking about what we could give to Jesus seem appropriate! First we can give our lives to Him by praying and asking Him to be our Lord and Savior. Second we can purpose to surrender our lives to Him so we can be transformed by His Holy Spirit and become a light to the world. And thirdly, we can purpose to care about the lost as Jesus did and gave His life for them and us.
Look around you! The world is lost and getting darker by the moment. I sincerely believe that the time of Jesus’ return for us is not far away. But, with the population of the earth approaching 8 billion people, there are only about 2.5 billion people saved.
1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV) says this to us: “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…” It is for this very reason I began to put Fresh Manna online—to help people come to know of and learn of Him. And to help Christians navigate this sinful world by growing strong in Him.
Next week on January 1, 2023, I will begin my 23rd year of writing Fresh Manna which started with just 60 people and has now reached millions around the world and in 228 countries (territories and regions which are unofficial countries.) And if you know me, you know I never ask for money (and you can relax because I am not going to now.) The one thing I’ve done is put a donate button on our website which frankly, few ever use. But that’s not a problem and never a deterrent from us doing what we do.
Over the years, without us asking, people have been moved to help us reach the world prayerfully and financially. When we started we started small and did what we could on the mission field. 23 years later, the whole world has become our mission field and the requests for the needs on the mission field never stop growing. And so having said that, I am not asking you for anything. I have personally been bombarded for the request of finances this Christmas just like you have. I refuse to be one more of those numbers to you. But what I will say is this. Renee and I are sold out to reaching as many as the Lord will allow us to, reaching and helping people, supporting missionaries on the ground, and helping destitute in impoverished countries. And doing so by stewarding every dollar toward that goal. We think we do that well! We take no salary and keep our administrative costs small. I spend over 30 hours per week working (in my retirement years) doing what I am doing. And so, if you find God leading you to help finance the gospel with greater effort and sacrifice as a gift for Him, please keep us in your prayers and thoughts. We are here and we will keep doing what we are doing regardless—reaching the world for Christ. You are welcome to help if God so moves you to! Never feel pressure. There is no obligation or expectation. We mean that sincerely! We do ask that you will please pray for us. Nothing is more important to us than our family and the work of God we do!
Have a wonderfully blessed New Year filled with the presence of God’s love and blessing showered upon your life daily!
Proverbs 11:25 (NLT2) “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”
In His love,
Pastor Tim and Renee Burt
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