How Your Donations Are Used
I hope one of the reasons you are reading this is because you have been blessed by my devotions I call 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. I have written four times a week for the past 16 years. Until the beginning of 2016, 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. And let me quickly get to the bottom line if you don’t have time to read all this! We don’t take a penny for ourselves of what it given!
I am a Pastor, and reaching people all the way around the world (and it has,) has been a way for me to reach beyond the four walls of the church. reach the world with the gospel, and to touch the heart of others with the teaching, love, and grace of Jesus Christ. When I first started writing, 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 16 years. I began using Twitter in 2008, to again increase reaching more people with the love of Jesus, and I now have over 145,000 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 5 million people virally on a daily basis. Those who follow me on Twitter also communicate with me and often ask for prayer or guidance or how to receive Jesus into their heart. 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 reach people, there have been increasing expenses which I have always paid for out of my pocket. As we reach more and more people in different ways, expenses have also increased. For this reason, we finally begin to accept donations. 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 are and always will be free to Fresh Manna readers. Your donations will also help cover very small administrative fees such as PayPal and WordPress. I take no salary of any kind for Renee or myself. To to expand the reach of Fresh Manna will be the primary focus of your donations.
We now have children on the mission field: my daughter Stephanie, her husband Daniel Gutierrez, and my two granddaughters Madeline and Macy! They live in the developing third world country of Peru and we hope to do more to support them in their amazing work. They are helping lead a missionary church of thousands, and reaching to the lost and impoverished continuously and in a variety of ways. They also work at and help support an orphanage in Peru that takes in abandoned fully disabled children who cannot care for themselves. They would most likely die if they were not cared for here.
Missionaries in some countries are not allowed to make a wage in that country. That is the case in Peru. Their missionary work survives solely by the donations that help them do their work. As the donation base increases through Fresh Manna, we hope to one day use a portion of them for these outreaches. If you would like to read more about this work, please read the post An Inspiring Work of God!
I pray that my posts been a blessing to you. Thousands of you have personally written me testifying how Fresh Manna has helped you. I give the Lord the glory for that and thank you for letting it touch your heart. Many people over all 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. It was for that reason and the Lord’s instruction, that I finally decided to give place to donations.
If you would like to donate to our efforts, just click on the donate button on my home page. It’s very simple to give and Paypal gives you easy-to-use options in how you can give. You will immediately be emailed a receipt for your giving. Tim&Renee Burt ministries is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry and for U.S citizens, tax deductible. I assure you that no gift is too small or too big! Renee and I 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.”
And here is a link to our latest update! Tim and Renee’s Ministry Update December 2016
In His Love,
Pastor Tim and Renee Burt