As you are all well aware, an economic earthquake has occurred in our country and around the world that has brought great hardship and difficulty to many people. Everyone is feeling the effects of this turmoil. Here at ABR we have experienced a serious and steady decline of financial support that profoundly threatens our ability to carry out our ministry. I do not make this statement lightly or carelessly. ABR is facing a serious problem and I know that those of you who care very deeply about ABR would want to be made aware of this. Please understand that we have already taken strong steps to operate with extraordinary efficiency, and to honor each gift given through careful stewardship.
Due to the fact that so many ministries are struggling in these perilous financial times, we know we are not alone in asking for help. We recognize that it is critical that each of us first takes care of our own local church's needs and that we honor the giving commitments we have already made. In light of those commitments, we are asking those of you who can find your way clear to help us, and that you would respond as generously as you are able and as the Lord directs.
We are encouraged by David in Psalm 112 of important truths we all need to keep in mind at this time: 'Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear….' May the Lord help each of us to walk in security and without fear. And may He help us to continue to be generous in spite of the bad news we hear all around us.
Thank you for allowing me to share this need with you and for any help you can provide at this time. May the Lord direct each of us with wisdom, courage, and generosity as we face the challenges ahead.
For His honor,
Scott Lanser, Director
Associates for Biblical Research