2008 Monthly Letter
Last year the IRS chose to investigate 501(c)(3) tax exempt
ministries. Their main targets were the large TV ministries
such as Kenneth Copeland, John Hagee, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer,
Joel Olsteen, etc. However, some smaller ones were also investigated
including UpBuilding Ministries.
The results are in: ALL of the above "passed with
flying colors!'' Praise the Lord!
of my clear goals when the Lord called me to begin UpBuilding
Ministries in 1989 was "financial accountability, integrity,
and responsibility." This is precisely why I invited Don
Grigsby, an attorney with IRS, to be on our original Board!
It was an explicit statement of purpose!
Many of our Board members who have served over these 19 years,
come from sound business, banking, and financial backgrounds
such as Chairperson, Bill Sprague, Sally Alspaugh, Ev Curtis,
Mike Ellison, Mike Kramer, and Jim Miller. Others like Ron
Coffman, Meg Kramer, Char Lindner, Bev Okel, Gary Pies, and
Roger Ruhl have expertise in a variety of diverse areas
needed for the success of a ministry. You and I as partners
in this Ministry are indebted to this diligent team of leaders.
As 2008 comes to a close, we rejoice how the Lord continues
to use UpBuilding Ministries. To date, through your prayers
and financial support, 27 Weekends have been conducted. 1350
decisions to receive Jesus as personal Savior were indicated
by the visual show of hands; multitudes of others too numerous
to obtain an actual count, stood for prayer for individual
needs, to renew their faith, or recommit their lives to the
Lordship of Jesus Christ!
monthly letters continue to give you only samplings of the
many lives that are affected in divinely appointed ways! All
of these are because of you and your loyalty to UpBuilding
Here's one recent example. In Portsmouth, OH, after
the Friday night Family Session, a 61 year old grandmother
revealed that during the teaching from Job 21:21-22 on Dealing
with Past Negative Spoken Words in a Present Positive Way,
the Holy Spirit healed her past memory. Gummy worms are used
to represent the "unkind-negative" words.
She said, "When I was 10 years old, my father said to me,
'You are a little fat girl." For 50 years I have heard
these unkind words repeatedly in my mind and spirit. It has
been like a "curse" to me! Tonight, I spoke the phrase you
taught us to say to refute those words-'I hear those words,
BUT I NOW CHOOSE IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, NOT TO RECEIVE
THEM ANYMORE' as I removed the gummy worms from my ears!'"
the Sunday service she sought me out and exclaimed, "The
Holy Spirit pushed the "backspace" and "delete"
keys in my computer like mind and heart. He pushed the backspace
key by going back to the time my dad spoke those hurtful words,
deleted those words that I had saved for 50
long years, and filled that space with His peace that passes
my understanding. I praise Him for what He has done to me
through you and the funny gummy worms this weekend!"
(Yes, I admit some of my visual aids are a little unusual,
BUT…Praise God for gummy worms!)
you again for your faithful partnership in UpBuilding Ministries.
Our outstanding Board and I appreciate each of you and your
prayers and financial support. We continue to need both as
we enter 2009. So far, 13 Weekends have been scheduled; 2
others that were scheduled have been postponed because of
hurricane damage to their facilities! That is a first!
you are helping to "upbuild men, women, children, and pastors
in practical expressions of their Christian faith." The Scriptures
say, "Unless the Lord builds the house, those who labor, labor
in vain." He is building His House and People upon a strong
foundation (His Eternal Word) through you and your labors
of love for others!
we thank you. Our hope for you in 2009 is expressed in these
words: May your troubles be less, may your blessings be
more, and may nothing but Jesus, come through your door!
yours, The Board of UpBuilding Ministries and Ron.