2016 proved to be a very challenging year for our wonderful EPM staff, who had to work creatively when our office was closed a few months due to water damage and renovation. An extraordinary number of our staff, actually most of us, also suffered painful personal losses and serious health problems this past year. When we met together last week, we talked about how our praise and gratitude to God can be all the stronger because of the suffering we’ve walked through.
We pray loads will be lightened in the year to come, but wherever there is still pain and adversity, we know God’s grace will abound, and He will be accomplishing His eternal purposes through our staff individually, and through our ministry. I have sensed some of this is spiritual warfare, attacks from the evil one. We desperately need God’s grace and strength.
Jesus said “Apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Your prayers for Nanci and me and all of our EPM staff in 2017 would be deeply appreciated. We certainly can’t do this work without Him, and we can’t do it without you either.
Hope you enjoy the highlights from EPM’s past year. Thank you so much for serving as members of Christ’s body to partner with us in this eternity-shaping ministry! —Randy Alcorn
Parents: It’s Time to Wake Up About Porn, Sexting and Your Children - “That pornography is ‘harmless’ is a lie from the pit of Hell.”
Should Christians Save for Retirement? – “I’m not saying we can’t use or shouldn’t have a retirement plan. I do. But as God’s children, we need to think differently about them.”
Matt Chandler’s Challenge to Men – “Brothers, let’s not waste our lives and fail our wives and children. Let’s rise to the occasion and man-up, to the glory of Jesus.”
7 Reflections Now That the Election Is Over – “Here are seven perspectives as we seek to think biblically and eternally about not only the upcoming four years, but for the rest of our lives.”
Where Is Heaven, and What Are Some Major Misconceptions About Heaven? - “I’ve found that it’s a common misconception even among Christians that the present Heaven, where Christians go when we die, is the same place we will live forever.”
ACTION Cuba – pastor training
Life International – developing/supporting global prolife ministries
Global Aid Network – emergency medical pallets
John M. Perkins Foundation – summer/school programs for children
World Relief – Southern Africa food crisis
EPM gave $289,195 in book royalties to 58 organizations in 2016 ($7,662,440 lifetime-to-date royalties given).
Donations to EPM’s general fund are what fund our own operating costs and enable Randy and Nanci to continue giving away 100% of the royalties.
Books and Resources: Randy’s devotional 60 Days of Happiness was released this month, and another devotional titled Truth: A Bigger View of God’s Word will be released in May. We also hope to translate many more of our online resources into other languages to grow the worldwide outreach of our website. (We would welcome any donations specifically for this project, which can be given to the “Translation Fund” on our donation page.)
Speaking: Of the nine speaking times scheduled for Randy in 2017, two will involve international trips. For a complete list, see his speaking engagements.