Dear friends, acquaintances, and supporters,

As you may or may not know, I returned to active full time ministry at the beginning of the year. After I spent 23 years trying to build a financial base to support myself in the ministry, I finally had to admit failure. Over the years, I tried very hard, started 3 companies, worked long hours, and prayed as hard as I could for success. It was difficult to admit failure, but I think the real failure was in leaving the ministry in 1984. My faith that God would provide failed, and I tried to provide for myself. I bear a huge burden for the lost years.

This time around I am trying things I did not want to do before. This is a request for help, pure and simple.  I have been back on the road now for over ten months.  That is a minuscule amount of time when compared to the faithfulness of those with whom I share the preaching ministry.  I had hoped that I would be able to line up some churches, some speaking engagements, and that the response to my journal would have been better.

I realize that most of the names on my list were from people who knew people who knew people who knew people.....  For that I apologize.    In all honesty, to get started, I sifted through all the email that was sent to me and extracted a base mailing list.  I am not the least bit surprised at the response I am getting.  For all I know, most of you simply delete my journals when they come in.  Since I get an average of 500-600 spam emails a DAY, I can really understand that and am not the least bit upset.

Over the course of the last year, I have run up a seizable balance on my credit card.  I have to humble myself and ask for your help.  It is not something I have done much in my ministry and I don't know if I am even doing it right.  I realize that times are tough all over, and that with the large influx of new preachers, perhaps the resources are running a little low.  Again I apologize, but If only 10% of those on my list could send me $12/week I could make this work.  If everybody on my mailing list sent me $20/month, I would be able to continue.  In all honesty, though, I can't hope for that high a response rate.

If nothing changes I will be out of money before the end of the year.  I have taken what measures I could take, but I find I am hedged in.  Barring a miracle from way out in left field, I may have to once again leave the ministry to keep from losing my home.  I put one property up for sale but the market isn't real healthy, and it isn't moving.  My stock portfolio, which was my first backup position, has plunged from $120,000 to a little over $3,000 in the past few weeks.  Not a whole lot of safety net left there.  The cash I had saved up from my last work contract is almost gone, and in a couple of weeks my unemployment runs out.  If I can hold out I can retire at age 62 in May, and draw on Social Security.  But that is a long way off.  I am at the point where I am making plans for handling foreclosure on my primary residence.  I am hedged in.  Wherever I turn I seem to find a wall.

Jas 4:2c have not, because ye ask not.

I am asking. Please consider supporting my ministry. If you could just consistently send me $20/month, it would help more than you know. I am committed to going all the way. Please help me to forestall foreclosure on my home. If you can't support me yourself, would you be able to give me any contacts you have of churches that might be open to my ministry? Any help you could offer would be much appreciated.    

Bro Cope
3598 N Atherton St, Apt 1
Port Matilda, PA 16870

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