I am writing with wonderful news! We are launching a nonprofit organization focused on evangelization and discipleship! The time is right; the need could not be greater. As we look around in our parishes, we see fewer and fewer young families. As we look at our families, we see fewer and fewer bothers and sisters, cousins, uncles and aunts who are practicing their faith. And as we look at our post-Christian, secularized culture, we see more and more people choosing to believe in nothing at all. Through all this, we recognize the tremendous need for the Gospel to be brought to people in a powerful, relevant, and practical way and for the faithful in our churches to be helped to both grow in their faith and to become ‘missionary disciples’.
This is why we are launching a new work. You might ask, how can a new organization help with such long term decline and huge social problems? This can be done by presenting the truth, beauty and goodness of our faith with clarity, love and authority, and by helping believers become missionary disciples who can turn around and do the same.
We will use, and teach, the model that Jesus used. He chose a relatively small number of people and spent a significant amount of time investing in their lives. He challenged their perspectives, taught them about the Kingdom of God, role-modeled life as a human being in relationship with the Father, and provided opportunities for them to practice evangelization. He walked them through it all. He taught them to proclaim the Gospel, in relevant ways, to every person and group of people that he could. And that is our plan.
Our focus will be on training and supporting ‘small group leaders’ to facilitate evangelization and discipleship of small groups of people. (Our next newsletter will expound on the vital role small groups can play in changing lives and hearts!) And we will look for and create as many opportunities to proclaim the amazing truth of God’s reality and love as we possibly can.
I am writing today because I want to have as many people helping (and being helped) as possible. There is much work to be done and each and every one of us has a role, a piece of the work especially designed for us to do, that only we can do.
Here is how you can help:
1. Please pray for us! Recognizing that we are engaged on the front front lines of spiritual warfare, we ask for your prayer support. We believe in the power of prayer, and Pope Benedict XVI has said that every New Evangelization effort should be “drenched” in prayer.
2. Spread the Word! Here are our links.
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTKTU9Jv31d9gNvkuHGEuDg
3. Financial support! We need monthly supporters to establish a foundational budget to begin building the work. Even the smallest commitments are most appreciated. It all adds up.
I will keep you posted with our progress!
Don Smith is a "revert" to the Catholic Church. After being a Protestant minister for over 20 years he is happy to be "home."