Midwest Christian Outreach, Inc. (MCOI) is a faith ministry. By this we mean that we rely on God working through the prayers and generosity of His people to provide us with the spiritual and financial support we need to fulfill our mission.
Thus the “suggested donation” amounts listed in our Resource Catalogue are just that: suggested donations. We don’t want the cost of a booklet or tape or video to prevent it from reaching someone who truly needs it. If you’re unable to send the suggested total, just include a brief note with your order telling us that. No apology or explanation is necessary.
The same principle applies to all other services MCOI provides. If your church or organization asks us to present a conference or seminar, we’ll advise you concerning the typical costs for these events, and — although we’re not in a position to make guarantees — we’ll endeavor to fulfill your request even if those costs are beyond your means.
We have a very practical reason for following this policy. We spend a lot of time evangelizing and ministering to the victims of cults and spiritually abusive groups. Very often these people have been financially exploited by their former groups, sometimes quite cruelly, and are understandably wary of anyone trying to sell “spiritual truth.” If we charged for our resources and services it would create in these people’s minds an unnecessary obstacle to the biblical truths we present to them.
This is also why we make every effort to keep our fund raising appeals to a minimum. It’s not that we don’t have financial needs, or think it’s more “spiritual” to not talk about them. But current and former cultists (as well as others) observe what we do, and many of them would be stumbled on the path to faith in Christ if they perceived we focused more on money than on ministry.
And yet we’ve also heard from people who’ve requested that we make information on how to give to our ministry easier to find on our web site. Such folks express appreciation for our low-key approach to fund raising, but they don’t want to waste a lot of time trying to figure out how to make a donation. So we also try to accomodate these people by making links to this and other relevant pages widely available. We try to walk a fine line between avoiding unnecessarily offending people, and removing difficulties for people who believe that the Lord is calling them to help support our work.
Your gifts to MCOI help us minister directly to the needs of others who have been hurt by false teachings. They also allow us to provide resources and services to those who would otherwise be unable to afford them.
Furthermore, your gifts can also help extend MCOI’s outreach into this neglected mission field. New spiritual needs present themselves to us almost everyday, and in some cases the only thing that prevents us from meeting them is additional funding.
The Lord has enabled us to accomplish much with the help of faithful volunteers and donated services. Our core of volunteers will always be an important key to the vitality of our ministry, but there are some needs that cannot be effectively met simply by recruiting more volunteers. If you’re interested in learning about how you can help advance the cause of Christ through MCOI, please visit the support page of our site. We thank you for your interest and help.
If you have any further questions about any aspect of MCOI’s finances, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (630) 627-9028
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