Looking Ahead to 2010 (Spending)
Last week, I outlined the coming shift in our handling of T-shirt sales – a move necessitated by the disproportionate amount of money we've had tied up in inventory. Today I want to talk about the 2010 changes that relate to our general spending. In an effort to get our financial legs under us again after a rather difficult year, we've made two significant cuts. One, we will not be exhibiting at any music festivals this year. Two, we will not be bringing back Jeff Jones as Director of Ministry Outreach. The first decision was a fairly easy one (particularly in light of increasing exhibit fees and decreasing attendance figures). The second decision was much more difficult (and more personal). Coming out of the summer, we knew that if something dramatic didn't change, Jeff's continued employment would not be sustainable. We just weren't getting enough regular income to support two salaries. In response, we shifted Jeff to almost full-time fundraising, prayed diligently, and were as creative as we knew how to be in soliciting donations. After months of contacting churches and pushing 200/$10 by 2010, we have almost nothing to show for it. Just like us, churches and individuals are struggling to stay afloat, and there's not a whole lot to go around.
God, in his abundant mercy, and limitless provision, is often pleased to sanctify us through seasons of want. It reminds us of how frail and vulnerable we – how utterly dependent we are upon him. And these seasons test us to see whether we're living for God or living for his gifts. Jeff has been very gracious in receiving the news and continues to express confidence in the sovereignty of God – believing the changes ahead will ultimately be good for him and his family. Please pray for them as he seeks his next position, and pray for Abort73 as we seek to be faithful stewards of all God has blessed us with. Our 2010 budget will be up shortly. In the meantime, there is still plenty of time to invest in our work this year. Today, as always, we have much to be thankful for, and I have great expectations for the year ahead. As we pull back, may God be pleased to push us forward!
Michael Spielman is the founder and director of Abort73.com. His book, Love the Least (A Lot), is available as a free download. Abort73 is part of Loxafamosity Ministries, a 501c3, Christian education corporation. If you have been helped by the information available at Abort73.com, please consider making a donation.