Financial Supporters Update
|Our Vision is Being Fulfilled|
Our vision is to see men transformed and men transforming the world. It’s awesome to see this reality happening, like in Bronson’s life:
|“[At] Promise Keepers I was set free from the sin of unforgiveness. As a result my marriage that was failing has been restored. I went down on my knees, asked my wife’s forgiveness for not honouring her as I should, for watching movies/TV shows I should not have been watching. I asked forgiveness from my father and mother who live in South Africa, Durban, because I hated them for getting a divorce. This was done straight after Bill spoke on not honouring your parents. [The Event] gave me the hiding of my life! It stripped away Satan’s hold over me. Praise God. I now have reaped the rewards and blessing that our Father in Heaven has set for me. I am on fire for the Lord. I work in [a] prison. I do not let an opportunity go by [without] telling every prisoner that comes in contact with me the truth that Jesus set me free and that Jesus is the way.”|
Wow, how exciting is that! The team in the office is really blessed to hear so many stories like this of men’s lives changing as they encounter God. It is a privilege for us to be part of what God is doing and we really appreciate every one of you who is supporting this ministry and providing the resources and prayer to make it happen!
It takes perseverance, endurance and courage to faithfully walk out the Christian life over many years. We are seeing more and more the importance of discipling men for the long haul. Actively participating in a men’s group is a key to getting (and giving) the constant encouragement that we all need. Promise Keepers is constantly looking at ways to get more men’s groups started and to resource existing groups. We want to provide tools and know-how so that groups are successful.
Increased “Year Round” Activity
Promise Keepers is committed to supporting men with year-round activity. In addition to the annual Men’s Events we are adding to our ongoing communication to encourage and resource men. We have now been producing WiseChoices for five years and are regularly connecting with over 1100 men on a monthly basis as part of our commitment to regular communication and interaction.
People are becoming a lot more visual and using video more as a result of YouTube and Facebook having more influence. We are responding to this trend. In an effort to make training and ideas more accessible we are creating a series of short how-to videos. In the last two months nearly 10 videos have been completed. The team is really pleased with the progress on these.
Promise Keepers has negotiated a very favourable contract with the Rhema Broadcasting Group to advertise our resources and Events on radio year-round. We are reinforcing this with regular emails to men and we are also stepping up our engagement with supporters via social media. We have also started utilising more of our still photographs for social media, such as Facebook, and we are creating other graphics as well.
Here to Help Men’s Ministry
|Men’s Ministry webinars are training multiple groups simultaneously nationwide. A sense of excitement builds as vision is released for Ministry with men in their churches.
We have a new strategy to help Group Leaders be more successful in mobilising men. Some of the new how-to videos relate to that. We are sending leaders regular information and resources so that they are better supported in their essential role. is released for Ministry with Men in their churches.
WiseChoices is Growing
WiseChoices continues to be our premium resource. We appreciate the support of all of you who are subscribers. This has been a powerful way to distribute resources that can empower both individuals and men’s groups.
Every week we get more stories about how WiseChoices is being used to produce results. We are hearing more frequent comments about how it is being used with men's groups. In one church the featured speaker on each DVD is used with every men's group in the church. In the combined groups the men separate to watch the DVD. The pastor says that by doing this he knows that all his men are receiving great content and are on the same page together.
|Sending the Men of Integrity devotionals into prisons is also proving popular with prison chaplains and the men. Promise Keepers has pioneered this work and now more supporters are coming alongside us to help fund it. If you are interested in sponsoring sending WiseChoices to prison we would appreciate your help. Let us know if you can help by phone or email.
I can assure you our guys have devoured these copies with real enthusiasm. We could effectively use 30-50 copies... Thank you for this ministry support.
Peter Savage, Chaplain, Wellington Prison
Stronger Financial Position
|The last 12 months have seen a massive shift in the way Promise Keepers operates. We have introduced a new program format into the main Events. Reducing the number of national level Events from 5 to 3 has allowed resources to be reallocated to new initiatives like the Samoan language Event Tama Tane Malosi and the Refreshed & Released pastors’ conferences. We have also carefully examined all expenditure and managed to make savings that will help with future financial sustainability.
Due to the faithfulness of supporters like you, income has remained steady which has given Promise Keepers a strong platform from which to do ministry.
If you would like to make a contribution to Promise Keepers, one of the ways you can donate is via online banking. Our account details are: ASB Bank 12 3082 0105255 04. Can you please ensure when you do this you include your name, and if you have it your Promise Keepers ID number, on the details to appear on our bank statement. To contribute via credit card or automatic payment, please contact us here>>> or on 09 627 0101 for further details.
Donations to Promise Keepers are tax deductable. Remember the charitable giving rules have changed:
• Since 2008-2009, there is no cap on the amount of donations that are tax deductable up to the amount of your income. Previously the cap was $630.
• Donation refunds are separate from income tax returns. Use form IR526 to get your refund, even if you do not file any income tax returns now. You can now claim refunds back several years.