Jun12TueJune 12, 2018 By TWR Canada President, Ray Alary
I need your help!
In my years as president, you have never had a letter with an opening quite like that, and we generally don’t use these emails to ask for money, but the fact is that I do need your help. Let me explain.
TWR Canada has experienced unprecedented growth over the last nine years. During that time, the ministry has grown from a handful of countries and ministries to now include projects in over 50 countries and more than 40 languages!
Our head office in London is a rented property and has served us well for many years as we’ve been able to expand as needed. However, we are now at the point of “bursting at the seams,” and we need to move. Last year, our board challenged us to research options for the future. Basically, what it boiled down to was this: should we continue to lease property at a different location, or should we purchase our own property?
I have been down this road before, and I have moved so many times in my life that I kind of liked the idea of just staying right where we are and making it work somehow. However, I realized that this would not be in the best interest of the ministry for the long-term.
With technology changing, new media platforms present exciting opportunities to reach the world for Christ through media. Additional space will allow for natural ministry growth and give us the needed space for a larger audio studio and a new video studio. These studios will be used for the production of new audio and video programs to assist the worldwide Church.
I’m sure you have heard about the competitive Toronto real estate market. As the costs continue to rise in Toronto, people and businesses are moving to London, where better pricing and more options have historically been available. This means the market here is booming, resulting in commercial vacancy rates decreasing. After much prayer, we feel that the time to move forward is now.
We looked at a lot of unsuitable options and were beginning to wonder what our next step should be. Then a piece of property became available that meets our needs. Given the current market, we have made an offer and put a deposit on the property. We have until July 6 to put the financing in place. This is where your help is needed.
Our financing depends on people believing in our ministry and having a part in financially making this happen. We are trusting God, as we have done so many times before, to show us his will and his way in this. I am standing on one of my life verses: “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26 (ESV).
I want to be absolutely clear that if we make this move, it cannot take away from our ministry involvement around the world. Our partners are depending on us; listeners are depending on us, and this is what we are all about. I don’t want a building for the sake of having a building. The focus and the reason for this project is so we can do more ministry more efficiently and cost effectively, allowing us to increase our footprint even further.
The total cost of the proposed property, including expected renovations, is $1,575,000. We have $400,000 of funding in place.
Several generous friends of TWR Canada have also offered to match any donations or pledges you make by July 6, up to $350,000! This means that for every dollar you give or pledge, TWR Canada will receive another dollar, totaling $700,000 if we reach this goal!
We are expecting great things from God, and in this case, there is only a short time for it to happen. No gift is too small, but I would ask you to consider one thing before you make a gift. If you are saying to yourself, “I would love to be a part of this, but I can’t give to the building and give to ministry projects at the same time,” then I would ask you to give to the ministry projects. Our priority is that we continue to share the gospel; it is so important to me that ministry continues to happen.
Would you prayerfully consider what God would have you give? If you are able to make an additional sacrificial gift, you can phone us at 1.888.672.6510 or give securely online at www.twr.ca/projects/expansion. If you would like more information on this project,or would like to pledge to it, please contact us.
I have seen God do the impossible before, and I am expecting that if this is his will, he will do it again. Thank you for your partnership with us. Together, God is allowing us to be part of his work in spreading the gospel. What a privilege!