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real answers for real life™ from February 2009 the desk of Bob George Dear Friend, One of the most rewarding aspects of being in ministry is seeing the Word of God come to life in human experience. This past December we had the privilege of watching God powerfully fulfill 2 Corinthians 8:7 through the People to People family: “But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” On December 1st, the financial picture for People to People looked bleak. With a $150,000 deficit in tow and a worldwide recession, we were swimming in unchartered waters and weren’t sure how the year would end. We presented our needs, knowing that in our thirty plus years of ministry God has never let us down. From day one, He has proved His faithfulness over and over. As days and weeks passed, moving us closer to the end of the year, we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the People to People family. When all was said and done, the results were astonishing. Not only was the deficit erased, we ended the year $40,000 in the black. Plus, we retired the debt on our ministry headquarters. Praise and thanksgiving fill our hearts for His goodness! As always, God far exceeded our expectations. When I saw the final numbers, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I felt much like the group assembled at Mary’s house praying for Peter to be released from jail. Peter’s knock on the door was answered by a servant girl. When she told the others that Peter was there, they looked at her and said, “You must be out of your mind.” They finally went downstairs and saw Peter, and the Bible records that they were amazed. We too stand amazed at God’s work, even though the Bible is clear that God will do “infinitely more than we might ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20 NLT). So, with humble hearts we say thank you to all of you who have allowed God to move in your lives to help meet this financial need. It is important, however, to know the real purpose of these gifts, to see the real needs they help to meet. Paul shared with the Corinthians that their gifts were “supplying the needs of God’s people” (2 Corinthians 9:12). Your gifts to People to People are helping to meet the spiritual needs of God’s people around the world. 1 2 2 5 E . Ro s e m e a d e P k w y | C a r r o l l t o n , Te x a s 7 5 0 0 7 | t e l 4 6 9 . 5 4 6 . 6 3 6 0 | f a x 4 6 9 . 5 4 6 . 6 3 9 8 | w w w. re al an s w e r s . n e t People to People Ministries Headquarters m Vision Ce itoriu nter Aud Studio Thanks to Friends Like You, the People to People Headquarters is “Paid In Full” Let me share with you a letter we recently received that deeply touched my heart. I started listening to your broadcast about 8 years ago in the summer of 2000. Like many new listeners I heard myself defensively saying, “What is he talking about?” I felt angry at your counsel because I had been a Christian for 35 years and never heard teaching like I found on People to People: the finality of forgiveness, understanding the Old Covenant and New Covenant time line, the importance of moving forward from the Cross and Christ’s provisions found there and living in the power of His resurrection permanently. These were the hooks that baited my listening ear, but stung because I was hearing them anew … it was familiar yet different. My Christian faith was real and precious to Jesus and He was truly my Savior, and I think that is why my neck bristled when I first started listening. I wanted to protect my mind and heart from what might have been poor counsel. I continued to tune in regularly, and over a 2-3 year listening relationship I experienced “boulders” of confusion fall away from my heart. Stones that I didn’t even know were there were removed and replaced by a new heart of flesh. Clarity was coming because truth was replacing error. I truly believe we would not be married today if not for People to People Ministries and the truth about Christ you teach on a daily basis. We would be another family destroyed from believing the lies of Satan, because he was truly prowling at our front door. Yet we indeed are a family – we are a husband and wife – under one roof, with our door always open to our grown children and young grandchildren to come ‘home’ whenever they can for a visit! What a gift from God we are able to offer! Your gifts are used to pay for radio airtime, utilities and all the necessary expenses to keep the outreach going. But more important, they helped get the message of Jesus Christ to this listener’s ears. A Christian for 35 years, yet this woman was confused about forgiveness, the New Covenant and living in the power of Jesus’ resurrection. His truth broke through her confusion and radically transformed her life and the life of her family. This woman’s struggle seems to be the norm today. People live in confusion and error, wondering why they can’t make sense out of life, or why their relationships aren’t working. Unresolved spiritual issues are the root cause. People need to know that in Christ they are forgiven and that they stand holy and acceptable in His sight. They need to know that Christ has come to live in them to live His life through them. They need to know that in Him there is freedom. People to People delivers this message daily through the radio broadcast, through the internet, and through all our various ministry resources. And when the message of Christ hits receptive hearts, lives are changed. Thank you again for standing with us to meet our financial needs. Your generosity is overwhelming. Thank you for helping bring to life the Word of God in the lives of so many people around the world. The spiritual needs in the world today are great. Together, let’s continue to reach out proclaiming the truth of God’s love and grace. Now that our facility is paid for, we can look forward to many more ministry opportunities to come our way. I get the sense, after thirty years in ministry, that this is a new beginning. God has work to do through the People to People family, so we have exciting days ahead as we continue to lift up the name of Jesus. Please join us in thanksgiving for all that God has done. Your friend in Christ, Bob George In Memory of Janelle Bergquist At home with the Lord January 22, 2009 As Bob and Amy George entered full time ministry in 1972, they enjoyed the friendship of two couples—associates they had met through Bob’s Southern California floor covering business. Along with Bill and Joyce Paterson, Erwin and Janelle Bergquest became the Georges’ beloved first supporters, remaining faithful donors for more than 40 years. This January, during a routine surgical procedure, Janelle passed into the loving arms of Jesus. Though she is missed, we rejoice with Erwin in the fact Janelle & Erwin that Janelle is present with the Lord, at the experiencing the reality of the hope of 2008 Classic Christianity Conference the Gospel message that transformed her life.
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