LETTER TO OUR SUPPORTERS
are living in some exiting times and the pace is very fast. When we started this
ministry in 1973, printed material in the form of Bible studies was our tool to
minister to Godís people and reach out to the unsaved. That was effective and
still is but we could not rely on this one outreach only, so in 1975 we expanded
to the radio, and for the next 30 years this was our main thrust. The price for
air time increased annually and eventually we dropped it because it became too
expensive. Less than three years later we launched into a new outreach program Ė
webcasting. We were broadcasting to some three million people in the various
states with the radio but webcasting allows us to reach the entire world.
As we have
almost finished the first three months of 2011, I have been praying and seeking
the Lord concerning His will for this ministry, He laid upon my heart to do a
financial assessment of what is most pertinent in the times we are now living.
graduated from the seminary in 1973, I worked as a full-time evangelist and had
no thought of becoming a pastor. Since I wanted to have accountability, my wife
and I asked my brother and his wife and three other friends to form an
evangelistic association that would handle all financial matters. This is how
the European-American Evangelistic Crusades, Inc. (EAEC) came into being.
As I traveled and held revival meetings, all the money received was handed over
to the treasurer. The Board of Directors set a salary for me and I was paid as
money came in.
the years, whether as an evangelist or a pastor, my salary was determined by a
Board of Directors and any expenditure over $1,000 had to be approved by the
Board. In 1985 we founded Resurrection Life of Jesus Church in the
Sacramento area and EAECís role as a support organization changed to that of a
mission organization and the church was an outreach of EAEC. Income from the
church is given to EAEC, which then pays the bill and salaries. I mention how I
was paid in these various ministries to show that I have always been salaried
and never took money from the ministry beyond that set amount.
three people who draw a salary from the ministry: first, there is myself as
senior pastor, secondly, Charles Thorell as pastor, and thirdly, Lois Amacher
who has been our editor since 1989 and our former treasurer. Charles and I are
full time while Lois is retired from the phone company and is paid a
building is located in the suburb of Carmichael in Sacramento County. We are
renting the second floor of a small commercial building. It is from here that
our webcast originates. Our congregation meets in these facilities Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday nights and on Sunday mornings for our weekly worship
years we rented space which contained a church facility, a print shop and
offices but in 1999 the Lord impressed upon me that the two facilities should be
separated. It was hard to have Sunday school and keep the children from walking
into the print shop and touching the chemicals that go with printing. It was
also hard to find places to rent, since most nice places for a church did not
want a print shop on their premises.
the Lord led my wife and I to move out of the city and into the country and
purchase some land in a low cost area. The property had a small manufactured
home with a garage. This was our private property paid out of my salary. In
1995, a prophecy was given from a friend in Michigan that we were to build a
print shop on the property, but we did not have the money for it and it didnít
happen. In 1999, the Lord woke me up and gave me a vision of how He wanted it to
be built. Due to the increased value of the property, we refinanced and built a
4,000 square foot building. As our production increased, and we needed more
office space, another 1,500 square foot building was built and later a small
storage building was also added.
There are a
number of volunteers that work with us at the production center and our
production would cease without them. One couple used to live in Central
California, and when they retired from their regular jobs, they sold their home
and moved to Sacramento to work with us.
God has given me is that we should offer solid Bible teaching, using
King James Bibles, good
Christian music and my own
written material. We do not
have much money to purchase inventory, so the decision was made that all profit
from the bookstore would be reinvested to purchase more books, cassettes, CDís,
DVDís and other supplies. During the last five years we have been able to build
up an inventory and carry a number of books. The
bookstore is managed by my brother, Peter, and we are praising the Lord that
sales are picking up. The bookstore supports itself and is getting stronger but
it is not making enough money to generate a profit to be used in the general
years 1973-1975 our ministry was financed by love offerings from meetings held
in churches. From 1975 through 2005, money came from people in the church and
the people who listened to our weekly programs on the different radio stations.
Our support base during this time was approximately 300 persons. When we stopped
the radio programs, 80% of our support from listeners stopped. We were able to
continue the ministry since we did not have a huge outreach cost.
supplied the cost of setting up the webcasting and we launched it on faith. We
have heard from many who have been blessed by the Internet broadcasts. Most
people today on the Internet expect free thing but we have picked up some people
in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia who are supporting us on a
monthly basis and investing in the work of the Lord.
there are only about 60 families who are currently supporting this ministry. The
people in our church tithe but we have a number of people who are out of work
and cannot give. Some webcast viewers are tithing to this ministry since they do
not have a church home but most give a monthly gift.
the statistics, we can see that our viewership numbers are increasing and people
from many nations are viewing us on a regular basis. Our websites in
Spanish and Swedish are doing well and our
material is becoming sought after by more and more people. For this we are
those who want to be part of our end-time outreach, preparing the church for the
difficult times ahead and countering the apostasy so prevalent in the modern
churches by preaching pure doctrine from the King James Bible.
LEADING YOU TO HELP US?
I want to
thank you from the bottom of my heart if you are a regular monthly giver to this
ministry. If you like our ministry, watch our webcast,
or the videos on our website, would you
consider helping us financially? The amount of
money is not important but that you give on a regular basis according to what
God lays upon your heart.
We have a
number of people who give ten dollars every month because that is all they can
afford. We praise the Lord for these faithful individuals who give what they can
afford but we need more people like that who will give regularly to help make
this ministry financially strong.
support group increases, we will be able to do all the things God has planned
for us. It is my prayer that God will move upon you as a friend of the ministry
to help us out so that together we can work in this vineyard that God has given
us. If God is speaking to your heart to help us, would you contact us and let us
YOU EXPECT FROM OUR MINISTRY?
Every week you will get a
Bible centered sermon that will build your
faith and equip you for the daily stresses we all face. You will also have
access to great worship via our webcast that you can enjoy live or subscribe to
DVDs, CDs or cassettes.
Every Thursday night there is a one hour
Bible study that you may watch via the webcast.
I am constantly working on articles, books,
newsletters and up-to-date
prophetic events and they are sent out to all the people on our mailing list as
they become available.
You have access to our websites in
different languages where you will find our latest material and ability to go
back into the archives for sermons and articles dating back a number of years.
You may know people who would benefit from this.
If you have a spiritual problem we have
counselors standing by that will pray with you. This is not a one-time shot; so
if you have a need, they will talk with you as long as it takes to get you the
help you need. This is a free service.
deliverances for people who are
hurting spiritually. Our people work over the phone or you are welcome to come
to Sacramento for a week to get the help you need. We cannot pay for your
lodging and travel costs, but the ministering is free and so is the follow up
program. You only have to pay a nominal cost for the printed materials.
You are more than welcome to come and
be a part of our church in the Sacramento area if you
do not have a church home.
If you donít have any needs but
want to help out financially, then your money will
make it possible for us to do all the things I have just listed.
URGENT NEEDS RIGHT NOW
the amount of money we need and I thank Him for speaking to your heart and know
you will do what you can to help keep these resources available to the lost and
the saints alike. Thank you for reading this letter and I pray that God will
bless and minister to all of your needs.
From the Desk
of John S. Torell