I’ve been asked over the years, “Why don’t you fund Eternal Perspective Ministries through the book royalties, and not receive donations?” It’s a reasonable question, and there are two main answers.
First, God has blessed the sales and impact of the books, and I believe that’s partly because we determined to give the Lord all the royalties, to help the poor and support strategic mission efforts all over the world. (God uses the books to further His kingdom, but He also uses the funds they generate.)
Second, EPM benefits tremendously from having financial supporters because of their partnership through prayer and accountability. If we used the royalties to fund our ministry, we wouldn’t have to rely on anyone else. That self-reliance would be a great loss to us, and a loss to our ministry partners too.
Jesus said that where we put our treasures is where our hearts will go. None of our supporters would have a heart for our ministry had we been self-supported. When people give they’re much more likely to pray. I can’t convey the depth of my gratitude to those who regularly give to EPM, and the three thousand people who receive our prayer updates! (You can sign up here if you’d like to join our prayer team.)
Paul told his readers that their prayers were a vital part of his ministry and outreach in spreading the Gospel (Romans 15:30-32, 2 Corinthians 1:10-11). Likewise, your prayers for this ministry are an eternal investment. Prayer isn’t the least you can do for us; it’s the most.
Your partnership through prayer, giving, or both, is making a difference:
For those who have chosen to partner with us in supporting our ministry by giving, I want you to know that we deeply appreciate each gift and seek to be good stewards with what God has provided. When you give to our general fund you’re actually partnering with us in two ways:
1) Supporting our monthly operating expenses, including the wages of our thirteen employees (most of those part-time),
2) allowing us to continue using the royalties to support many worthy Christian ministries. So, in effect, you’re supporting those ministries as well.
If you'd like to make a year-end, tax-deductible donation to EPM, please note that donations postmarked no later than December 31, or received online by 11:59 p.m. PT on December 31, will be included on this year’s tax receipts.
With great gratitude to God and personal appreciation of you, and on behalf of the EPM staff and board,