Inspiring and enabling followers of Jesus to live out God’s love for the poor and oppressed,
Dear Members of the EAPE Family,
During this Thanksgiving season when we slow down to give thanks for the blessings we’ve received – of family and friends; the opportunities for education and employment; the means for a safe home and sufficient food to eat; and the peace, love and hope found in Jesus our Lord – I want to take this moment to thank you for the prayers you’ve prayed and the financial gifts you’ve given in support of Tony and EAPE.
In many ways our urban missionaries and teachers become surrogate family members to the children and youth they minister to in the neighborhoods where they live and serve. And your prayers and gifts make you an extended member of the EAPE family, a family bound together in Jesus’ name.
One of our urban missionaries, Jaime Taylor, recently described to me the familial bond she has – and wants each of us to have – with the girls and teens she mentors and disciples:
I want you to love them the way I love them, root for them the way I root for them, and cry with them as I cry with them. I want you to care about whether they have opportunities or graduate or experience loss or success. I want you to cry with our community here and I want you to celebrate with it as well.
And how important your support is for this kind of relational, urban ministry:
I want this because these girls and teens need to be seen and known. I want this because we can’t keep doing our mentoring, small groups and community events without your fervent prayer and your financial support. I want this because I know my community here has God’s love to show you, and you have God’s love to share with them.
You may never meet Jaime or have a Thanksgiving meal with her inner-city “family” in Oakland, but you need to know that along with all the changed lives and smiling faces we see through each of our ministries, all of us at EAPE are incredibly thankful for your support and encouragement, and grateful to be on this journey together… with you… as a family.
As you give thanks and celebrate this month, please take a moment to make as generous a gift as you can to support the work of our urban missionaries and teachers. They’ll need it as they work hard to make this Thanksgiving and Christmas special for all the children, youth and families they love, serve and support in Jesus’ name.
With a thankful heart and hope in Christ,
Managing Director, EAPE Donate now at: http://eape.org/donate/
P.S. Next month you will be asked by us and other charities you support to give – and give generously – during the Christmas season. As you prayerfully consider your Christmas and end-of-year gift to EAPE, we want you to know how your support will make a difference in the lives of the children, youth and families that our urban missionaries and teachers work with every day. Please visit www.EAPE.org/Chrstimas-Year-End-Giving-Guide to learn more.
Under the leadership of Tony and Bart Campolo, EAPE has developed and nurtured elementary and secondary schools, universities, adult and child literacy centers, tutoring programs, orphanages, AIDS hospices, urban youth ministries, summer camps, and long-term Christian service programs in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, in various African countries, and across Canada and the United States. Perhaps more importantly, we have traveled the world preaching a gospel that combines personal discipleship and social justice, and seen countless believers both young and old dedicate their lives to building the Kingdom of God. Look around, explore the wonderful works we are involved with, and join us in the struggle.
Together, we can make a difference, even in the world’s most difficult places. As Tony always puts it, “it may be Friday … but Sunday’s coming!”
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