Volume 1 Issue 15
T h e M c C o l l u m Fa m i l y
M E R RY C H R I S T M A S PRAISE & PETITION Praise • Christmas: The Infant Reigns as King! • God is still encouraging us! • New prayer and financial partners! • Michael finished another Bible class at Moody. • The kids are all feeling pretty settled right now.
Petition • Pray for the salvation of many Croatians! • Pray that many more individuals and churches would join our financial partnership team so that we can get to Croatia soon. • Pray that our children would adjust well to the many changes that are taking place now and in the near future. Monthly Pledges
MERRY CHRISTMAS! This is the season when we frantically pursue the giving and receiving of presents, soberly pursue the birth of Jesus, or like us, do some of both. Our prayer for you is that you will take time to reflect on what Christmas is truly about. So...what is Christmas truly about? Who is Jesus and what makes his birthday so special? For that matter, what makes him so special? Not very many people celebrate my birthday or yours. He is special and his birthday is special because he is God. He created you and me. He created the entire world. How could he have created the world if he was only born during the time of the Roman Empire? Hmm. Good question. God took on human form so that he could dwell among us, live a perfect life, die for our sins, and be raised again. Huh? Why would he do that? Why would he die for my sins? I’m not a bad person. That’s another good question. Would you like to sit down and talk about it sometime? If so, please call, write, or send us an email so we can discuss this. There is nothing we would like better than to share with you what Christmas really means!
May God bless each one of you this Christmas and in the year to come.
SUPPORT UPDATE If you are paying close attention or if you happen to be referencing last month’s update while reading this one, you may wonder why we dropped from 79% of our support pledged to 77%. It would seem that after such a strong appeal for support, we would not expect to see a reduction. A Financial Requirements Chart (FRC) represents the amount of money that SEND needs to have received on our behalf for outgoing expenses and the amount they need pledged for monthly support. Periodically SEND updates the amount that each missionary needs to stay on the field. The home office in Michigan and the council for a mission area (ours is South Central Europe) work together to determine what it costs to live and do ministry. They do this in conjunction with an outside firm that provides the research to project what it will cost over a four year period. Many things, like local cost of living, inflation, and exchange rates are considered. The FRC is then set at the midpoint estimate. It’s a little high when a missionary gets to the field and a little low when they come back for home service (furlough). The goal is that on average it works. Shortly after we sent our last newsletter, our FRC was changed. Ours had been set in March 2005 and was based on a September 2006 departure. We did not make that schedule which necessitated the change. Our FRC reflects a $438/month increase. Most of that comes from increased health insurance premiums. If you would like to see the details of What it Would Be our FRC, we will gladly provide that to anyone who requests it. To all of you who have provided outgoing support or are providing monthly support, we say, “thank you.” To those of you who are thinking and praying about it we say, “please.” We need 100% for both before we can leave for Croatia. Remember, God is faithful to His plans for us...and YOU!
A faith promise form is included with all mailings. If you are already supporting this ministry, thank you. If you are not and would like to, please use the form or contact us directly if it is missing. As contributions are tax-deductible, they are sought with the understanding that SEND International has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds. If you would rather not receive this newsletter, please tell us so we can honor your desire.
Michael & Brenda McCollum 6918 Wilton Drive NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-1450 952-223-4859 firstname.lastname@example.org
Read SEND International News... http://mccollum.sendcroatia.org SEND International P.O. Box 513 Farmington, MI 48332 248-477-4210 www.send.org
SCHEDULE Most of the Time Living with Michael’s parents in Iowa. December 22-26 Minnesota for Christmas. December 26-28 Illinois for Christmas. December 30-31 Sharing FaithStory at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, MN.
LILY I’m six and a half. I love playing with baby dolls. And my Oma teaches me school. And I’m in 1st grade. I love my brothers. We are best friends, me and my sister. Her name is Ariél. We love each other so much. And we love each other and we’re best friend. I used to live in an apartment. Now I don’t. I live at my Oma and Papa’s. I have three baby dolls, two stuffed animals of Pooh, and a kitty what’s a stuffed animal of course. I sleep with my baby blanket and my baby pillow. I love my mommy and daddy. We love each other, my whole family. Love, Lily A faith promise form is included with all mailings. If you are already supporting this ministry, thank you. If you are not and would like to, please use the form or contact us directly if it is missing. As contributions are tax-deductible, they are sought with the understanding that SEND International has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds. If you would rather not receive this newsletter, please tell us so we can honor your desire.
SEND Direct Please complete the following information:
I feel God is leading me to support the ministry of Michael & Brenda McCollum in Croatia as marked below. Prayer Partner I commit to pray regularly. Please keep me informed on how I can pray for you. Financial Partner I’d like to partner with you by giving: $ __________ per month, or $ __________ per quarter, or $ __________ per year, to begin on ______________ 200 ___ *Make checks payable to SEND International I would like my funds automatically deducted from my bank account. See other column. (monthly only) Enclosed is a special contribution of $ _________ for your ministry.
Thank You for Considering Prayer or Financial Partnership!
I’d like to partner with Michael & Brenda McCollum.
I hereby authorize SEND International to arrange automatic deductions from my bank account on the 12th day of each month in the amount of:
$ _________beginning ____________ (month, year)
Signature as required on check Signed _________________________ Date: _____/_____/_____
Please attach a voided check Name __________________________ Address_________________________ City/State/Zip ____________________ Phone Number ___________________ E-Mail Address ___________________ Please send your completed form to: *SEND Direct users don’t forget the voided check.
SEND International PO Box 513 Farmington, MI 48332 800-SEND-808 email@example.com
City, State, Zip Phone Number
Appointee Number 168877
* As contributions are tax-deductible, they are sought with the understanding that SEND International has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds.
Published on Dec 31, 2006
Published on Dec 31, 2006
• Pray for the salvation of many Croatians! • Pray that many more individuals and churches would join our financial partnership team so that...