CommentaryFri Jun 20, 2014 - 4:48 pm EST
A crazy, crazy week!
I’m tired. But that’s hardly surprising when I look back over this crazy, crazy week!
Monday morning, our website development team and I were up until after 4:00 a.m. Tuesday night it was after 2:00 a.m., and on Wednesday I didn't make it to bed until nearly 5:00 a.m., only to wake up a couple hours later.
And things haven’t slowed down much since.
Honestly, I haven’t kept this kind of schedule since I was in college, during exams week!
But it has all been worth it! Why?
Because all these crazy days and nights were dedicated to launching our new website, which was designed to provide our readers with the best, most comprehensive, feature-rich life-and-family resource on the Internet, bar none!
At the same time we have also launched our unique and very exciting summer fundraising campaign.
Until June 27, your donation goes even further (read further down to find out more about this amazing opportunity)!
We've been dreaming about this new website for years. And after being given the responsibility to oversee the development of this project, I've dedicated the past six months of my life to finally making it a reality.
To see the first phase go live, and to hear all the positive comments from our readers and supporters, has been unbelievably affirming, and confirmed to us that there is a need for such a professional resource.
One of the most exciting things about the website are the various tools that allow individual readers like you to customize the new site based upon your personal interests and preferences - allowing you to keep up to date on the topics that you care the most about.
There’s no doubt in my mind that this has only been possible thanks to the support of readers like you...
Indeed, every opportunity has been given to help you become a more participating member of the LifeSite community. These are the empowering advantages that the modern Internet provides.
In this way, it is very much your personal life-and-family resource.
It goes without saying this redesign wasn't just some exercise in vanity. Rather it is based upon our conviction that our responsibility to our readers – and, much more importantly, to the TRUTH! – is to be the absolute best at everything we do.
We already know that we have truth on our side. We know abortion is murder; that traditional marriage is the only true marriage; that euthanasia is an inhuman response to suffering, and so forth.
That’s the easy part.
The difficult part now is to figure out how to reach our despairing, nihilistic, post-Christian civilization with these life and hope-giving truths.
We believe that one important way to do that is to beat the anti-life, anti-family mainstream media at their own game – to be even better journalists, better researchers, better marketers, better strategists, better technologists than they are.
Combine this dedication to professional excellence with a humble submission to truth, and a prayerful trust in Divine Providence, and the result can be unbelievably powerful.
Indeed, if there’s anything that the past 17 years have taught us, it’s that this attitude can transform the world in astonishing ways.
It continually shocks us that our comparatively small staff, on a budget a fraction of what most media organizations function on, has been able to have the impact that LifeSite has had.
As we often say, we have punch far beyond our weight!
There’s no doubt in my mind that this has only been possible thanks to the support of readers like you, who take our news reports and turn them into concrete action, and provide us with the financial means we need to stay afloat!
And honestly, our summer fundraising campaign is almost as exciting as the new website!
A generous LifeSite family has offered to make your donation go even further by pledging to donate an additional $50,000 to the campaign, if at least 5,000 other LifeSite readers donate ANY AMOUNT to the campaign by June 27.
I have to give it to them, this is a brilliant idea! This family knows if even just 1% of our millions of readers donated even just a few dollars, we’d be in a position not just to cover our expenses, but to significantly expand our coverage and our reach. That’s why they have issued this challenge to you.
Since Wednesday evening over 400 people have donated to our summer campaign. This is a great start.
However, if we’re going to reach our goal by next Friday, we’re going to have to do some dramatic catch-up over the next several days
That extra $50,000, in addition to 5,000 donations from readers like you, are funds needed to offset the cost for this massive website project, and to pay the many necessary LifeSite operating expenses until the next quarter.
Though it will be challenging, I know that reaching the goal of 5,000 donations is possible.
Last summer well over 4000 people donated to our campaign. That means we just need to do just a little bit better this year.
So please, make a donation today. And once you have done that, please share the news of our campaign with friends and family and encourage them to contribute as well.
Until June 27, EVERY DONATION COUNTS, no matter how large or small!
You can also make a donation by phone by calling our office toll-free:
888-678-6008 ext. 0
Thank you so much for your support, and God bless!