September 28, 2016
Dear Friends and Champions of CrossLife Ministries
- “Without your help, I don’t know where our marriage would be!”
- “Thank you for providing this ministry…your counseling helped guide me back to a Christ-centered life!”
- “Words cannot express my appreciation for you and your ministry…it is nice to find a place where you can find love, acceptance, safety and most of all truth.”
- “Because God directed you to help me, I now see God the way He wants to be seen, not thru the eyes of hurt and pain.”
These are only a few of the many comments we have received from clients. It has been our mission and purpose to provide Biblically-based, Christ-centered counseling from professionally trained counselors to those who struggle with personal, marital and family issues. We believe that all the answers to life’s difficulties and struggles are found in the person of Jesus Christ and through the precepts and principles of the Word of God. Therefore, we believe that Biblical counseling is superior to other forms of counseling for providing healing, hope and direction. For over twenty three years we have met with over 14,500 people totaling over 55,000 counseling hours. In addition to providing Biblical counseling, I have been training Biblical counselors here at CrossLife, with approximately forty five people who have completed graduate-level internships with us to hone their skills.
We have also travelled overseas to provide Biblical counseling to “on the field workers” and foreign nationals throughout Central Asia with another trip scheduled for January 2917. I have provided training for the member care teams and continue to encourage and coach them in the work they do on the field. The International Mission Board in Richmond, Virginia refers workers from various parts of the world to me when they need to come back to the States for personal issues. We have done all of this, counseling here in Raleigh and internationally, totally on a donation basis. We do not charge a fee for counseling or training.
Our budget for 2016 is $252,432.00, unchanged since 2008. We need revenues each month of $21,036.00 to meet that budget. Our counselors and staff are paid modest salaries and we guard the stewardship of the money that the Lord provides. We are seeing that 48% of those who come in for counseling can’t donate what is needed to keep the office open. Approximately 25% give little to nothing. As of August 31st, our budget needs were $168,288.00. We have only spent $160,437.10 and we have received $136,467.25 leaving us $31,820.75 below budget. We have worked to keep expenditures as low as we can.
As one who has supported CrossLife Ministries, I am asking that you join with us as a champion of Biblical counseling by doing three things. We need for you to pray for us because the enemy does not want us to do this work. Second, we need you to tell others about Biblical counseling and CrossLife Ministries and third, we ask for your continued financial support to help us operate and expand this ministry.
God’s Word says in Colossians 2:8 “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” We believe that Christ is the answer to our salvation and in Him we have the answers for living life daily and healing hurting hearts. If the Lord leads you to give a one-time gift or a commitment to become a monthly supporter, your tax-deductible donation will enable us to continue providing Biblically-based counseling to those in need.
We have updated the look of our website and it is now possible to donate through our website. Visit us at www.crosslifeministries.org to see the changes. CrossLife Ministries is also partnered with the National Christian Foundation to handle all donations of stock, mutual funds, restricted securities and other asset based giving. NCF is the largest Christian Community Foundation in the country and facilitates all stock donations for us at no cost. Giving stock to support CrossLife Ministries is now easier than ever before! You may also donate cash through their web site. Their link is on the web site.
Finally, we’d like to invite you to follow us on Facebook. If you appreciate what we are doing, Like us and leave a comment. This would be an easy way for you to get the word out about what we are doing. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us directly to discuss them.
In HIS Service,
Archie L. Bost, Ph.D., NCC, BCC
Founder and Executive Director