By Michael Edgar Myers
I'm writing while reflecting on "Giving Tuesday," the designated Tuesday after Thanksgiving when not-for-profit organizations concentrate on requesting financial donations. It's a laudable period of end-of-the-year generosity, even if a tad overwhelming.
No doubt you have received many "Giving Tuesday" email requests in recent days. If you're like me, you may feel a twinge of pressure to try giving to everyone, as if #GivingTuesday is a do-it-or-lose it competition with leftovers from Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For us, "Giving Tuesday" isn't a landing site, it's a launching pad of Yes, And... Y
So, to be transparent, yes, this IS a request to give...AND it is not. Yes, we would be thankful if you gave financially to Kingdom Impact Theater Ministries (today, even), AND I want to let you know there's a deeper reason I'm writing. It's to thank you for the intangible gifts you have given us already so that we may give to others.
What You Have Given
1. You've given us encouragement. By continuing to open our emails -- even if you haven't clicked on a link -- you've encouraged us because we know we're connecting with SOMEONE.
2. You've given us sharper ministry focus and personal purpose. KIT Ministries essentially began as a part-time Mom and Pop performance opportunity for Vikki and me. Since the pandemic, those opportunities have grown beyond Mom and Pop's living room, as have the number of people and tools to fulfill those opportunities.
Sharper Ministry Focus
The sharper ministry focus has enabled us to create new material to address the needs and concerns of churches and viewers online. As the next year embarks, we want to be available to take those scenes to facilitate conversations of faith to address difficult topics crossing all ethnicities and generations in 21st century America. Among them: mental health, immigration, interpersonal relationships, racial reconciliation, human sexuality, gender identity.
As we have resumed public performing and expanded connections to non-church people through our monthly online program, "An Evening with Kingdom Impact Theater," audiences have given us confidence that the shows, concerts and workshops we offer are beneficial and desired by established churches, church plants, businesses, and especially schools -- public AND private.
Personal Purpose & Prayer
My sharper personal purpose is preparing other generations and servants to carry on what I have discovered and developed in my decades as a pastor and professional performer. It's akin to the relationships of Moses: with his father-in-law, Jethro; and his successor, Joshua.
For my wife, who is telling me this letter is too long, I wish bring her along side as a more full-time helpmate, and get her back in the music studio.
These "likes" are also prayer requests. They are also discoveries of gifts from you.
How You May Give Now
Should you be moved to give financially, we're looking for 100 people to commit monthly what your budget will allow. Your gift will strengthen our present foundation.
We are also thankful that if monthly isn't an option, you're moved to give once, quarterly, or annually as some of our present partners do. You may give this Tuesday or any....Wednesday, Thursday, or any day.
Here is how you may present your gift or honor your commitment through our parent 501(c)(3) organization, Artists in Christian Testimony Intl.
And As I Close (This Year)...
Besides funds, we have need of volunteers in media and for our roster of musicians. We also have administrative personnel and equipment needs. You may view those needs here, or let's set up a time to talk in person or online.
Whatever your next choice, I appreciate you taking time to read this and our other correspondence. You help us stay inspired to fulfill our foundational verse, the command of Jesus to His followers, recorded in the Gospel of Mark, "Go into the world and proclaim the gospel."
Thanks for going with us.
The KIT 'n' Kaboodle Blog
The essays here are culled from our travels, conversations, worship experiences and discoveries.
Many are reprints from our newsletter, The KIT 'n' Kaboodle, or Facebook notes over time.
They're written by our ensemble, Garlan Garner, Michael Edgar Myers or Vikki J. Myers -- solo, or collectively.