By Ray Gano
I got the following from a very good friend of mine in the ministry.
“I desperately need your alls help sharing these videos. Seriously.
I’m not sure if this will make a difference, as I’ve asked repetitively over the last few months here on my fb for help, and no one seems to notice or care. I’m not sure. Feeling pretty discouraged.
I also don’t get monetization. So basically, I’m doing this full time and not making a dime. I am not sure how much longer I will be able to do this and not receive any support of monetization or support.
I told my youtube partner I may have to quit the youtube and go back in to the ******** industry soon if things do not change. No joke. I don’t want to do that, but it’s starting to look like a reality every day. My PO Box has been mostly empty for weeks and hardly anything coming in from paypal.
Actually, this has gone on for over a year and gets worse and worse.
I just wanted to give you all a heads up that I may have to close down my ministry and do other work if things don’t change soon. So please help in any way you can. I’m getting very worried. I love what I do here, but if I can’t pay my bills, I won’t have internet to do this with or a roof over my head.
So please pray for me and for this ministry.”
Here is another …
“Brother Ray – we have about 2 more months of staying afloat and if something does not give, Jess and I will have to close down our ministry. We don’t know what we are going to do and are horribly concerned.
Why aren’t Christians supporting good ministries like yours and mine? I just don’t get it.
Please keep us in your prayers and we will do so as well with you and yours.”
Several weeks ago, I sent out an email to a number of my friends in the ministry asking “is it just me? Are we doing a horrible job? Where are we missing the target?”
We have been losing support, but also gaining readers in a big way. After a while you tend to take it personally. Am I doing a bad job? Breath stink? Poor spelling? A lot of things run through your mind when the support starts to go down.
I have other emails from several other ministries basically saying the same thing “the majority of Christians no longer care about the small hard-working ministries out there any longer.”
So, the result is that many of these great ministries are having to shut the doors and close down.
Tracye and I were really starting to get back up on our feet, but we got hit with a server hacker attack in October and it has been a very slow recovery.
Back in March 2019 we lost all our data. That is 10+ years of articles and information, all gone.
Talk about being kicked when one is down.
We have over 7000 people who now are getting our emails and when I push my articles out, I figure that I am conservatively getting 80K views, if not more.
Tracye and I have a shortfall of about $900 every month.
I am aware of several ministries who are in the same boat as we are. All of us are out there working hard, sharing the truth and exposing the enemy.
So why is it that there are few Christians willing to support our work?
I mean I get emails all the time from folks saying that they love what we do. In fact, on some of these, I encourage them to please consider becoming a PZ Insider so that we can STAY doing what we are doing.
The answer…. crickets… silence.
So, like my other friend mentioned above, it is super discouraging doing what we know is the right thing to do and exposing the enemy in these last days.
Many Small Ministries Help To Grow People in Their Faith
It is ministries like ours that help people grow further in the faith. The reason is that we tend to “specialize” in topics and can drill down into said topics. This in turn helps the Christian individual grow in the topics and disciplines that the Lord is leading them to grow in.
In the past 2 years since we have been back in the US, I know personally of 7 ministries that have closed their doors. These were really great ministries and all strong watchmen on the wall ministries.
These are ministries that are no longer with us, so not only does the ministry suffer, the people suffer. I know of three occasions where I needed that ministry to help aid another person, but I could not push that person in that direction because the ministry was closed.
Believers Are Called To Help And Be Helped By Each Other
In my email responses that I got, a common theme was that Christians seem to not care anymore or becoming jaded.
When did we lose our ability to show compassion and help others? Yes, the majority of us drop the money in the offering plate and we give our tithe.
But it seems to stop there.
When you are in the ministry like Tracye and I, it is a lot easier placing yourself into the shoes of ministries that are really hurting, because you are somewhat there yourself.
I don’t know where we turned left instead of turning right.
This is the one thing that if I can challenge people in, it would be this.
We need to get back to helping each other again.
Tracye and I tithe almost daily. I give to a dear pastor friend of mine.
At times when I get a nice offering, I try to split up my giving and give to my pastor friend and then I try to give to some of my other ministries that might need a little extra.
We need to start caring about being our brother’s keeper once again.
It seems that many of us (myself included) have hardened our hearts, we need to take the time and ask ourselves why we have allowed it and work at melting and softening our hearts once more.
Believers Are Called To Encourage Each Other To Continue In The Faith
This is another thing that I would challenge those of you who got this far in my article. Let’s work at encouraging each other, especially the small ministries that are out there.
You do not realize how much wind you put in our sails when I get an “atta boy you’re doing a great job” email.
It seems that I get these when I am pretty down and those of you who do send them, they make a world of difference.
There are times that the enemy is really hammering us, I mean really hammering and I will get an encouraging email and at times it brings me to tears.
I often share those with Tracye and they mean a lot to us.
Tracye and I also try to encourage people. I get a lot of emails from people who are hurting out there.
Lots of people contact us via Facebook too and we try to encourage them using that medium as well.
Tracye & I Need Your Help
As I told you earlier, we constantly have about a $900 shortfall every month.
I have taken an outside sales job to try to bring in more, but the negative with sales is that sometimes it is up and sometimes it is down.
We don’t have a buffer because anything extra we have been pouring back into the ministry to get our website up, secure and email running again.
The hacker that took us out last year did a bang-up job and we refuse to give up.
Like many other small ministries, it is the small monthly support that really helps.
I mean $20, so many people allow that to just pass through their fingers without even thinking of it.
Tracye and I believe in what we are doing. We have been reinvesting just about everything to get back on track and put back what the hacker destroyed.
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Let’s work hard to reverse some of this jadedness and start reaching out to others as well as the small ministries that are out there doing incredible work but living hand to mouth every month.
Thing is, when these ministries are gone, well they are gone and the body of Christ loses a great resource that is needed in today’s world.
It is up to us, the body of Christ to stand in the gap and help. Tracye and I do it every day.
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