From the Director
My wife Roberta fell (sort of stumbled and belly flopped) digging her chin into the concrete as we were jogging around the block last Tuesday night down in Florida we were both speaking this year at the annual Missions Conference of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. No stitches. She can talk, but for some weeks won't be able to chew or open her mouth more than a half inch.
That was a small flop compared to the catastrophe we face if we do not get some substantial relief by the first of June. Our small gift, vision sharing program is gradually winning America it really is! But it's simply not yet growing fast enough. The only thing that has kept the wolf away from the door is larger gifts we've not asked for.
WE NOW FINALLY FACE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF OUR SHORT 36 MONTH CAREER: THE ACQUISITION OF THE OTHER HALF OF THE CAMPUS THE "OFF CAMPUS HOUSING" WHICH IS ESSENTIAL TO THE USE OF THE CAMPUS.
These essential properties are worth now at least $5.9 million, yet the price to us is only $3.2 million if we can put up the $300,000 down payment by June 15th.
HOWEVER, TO DO THAT WE NEED TO CATCH UP on our March 1st payment we still owe $150,000 and pay the next $175,000 on June 1st. That's a total of 150 + 175 + 300 = $625,000.
We have no financial secrets. We have no hidden resources. We are absolutely dependent upon God to move the hearts of people. If you know people who might be interested, write us or phone us for whatever information you lack. Call me at (213) 791 1324.
Our program is now robust and operationally in the black. (Once the property is paid for we'll be able to operate without donations).
********* We now correspond monthly with thirteen overseas sister centers that are in one stage or another of development.******
We have the second largest graduate program of Teaching English as a Second Language; by fall, perhaps the largest in America.. . the ideal tent making skill today.
****** Three of our staff are just back from mainland China.*****
Dr. Alan Gates' new book, THINK CHINA is off the press send $5 for a postpaid copy.
******We have many things to thank God for: between our 38 member organizations and ourselves we have 120 staff, 273 registered students, and $3 million operational income.******
All this in 36 months. But we are still desperately short of staff. (Our central staff numbers only 35 for both the Center and the University). Can you come and join us? Call Jan Josephson, (213) 794 7155.
But, MOST OF ALL, PRAY. "Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God."