Paying it Forward
When we offer our New Life workshops (Healing is a Choice, Every Man’s Battle, Women in the Battle, Marriage Solution Weekend, Lose It For Life) we hire the counselors to facilitate the groups, we hire the speakers (other than myself) to come speak, we bring staff with us to coordinate all that happens at the weekends, we pay for staff, speakers and counselors to travel to the workshop, we put them up in the workshop hotel for two/three nights, we pay for meals for staff and speakers, and at a couple of the workshops we pay for meals for the attendees. We arrange for the meeting rooms, we ship Audio/Visual and other equipment back and forth, we print program books, we create and pay to air commercials and radio time to promote the workshops . . . in short, there’re a lot of expenses to make a workshop happen. This is why we charge a registration fee for someone to attend.
Because the registration fee can be out of reach for some folks, and we don’t want money to be a reason someone can’t come to one of our weekend workshops, we created a “Scholarship Fund.” That fund is a general scholarship fund that reaches across to all our workshops.
When someone requests a scholarship, we ask for the potential recipient to complete a scholarship application so we can understand and document the need. On a rare occasion, if the need isn’t there, we may decline a request, but in the vast majority of cases, the need is affirmed and we do what we can to offer assistance.
And, we always ask the applicant what they can afford to pay towards the workshop. We like to see some sort of investment from a scholarship recipient, whatever the recipient feels he/she can afford–$50 . . . $100 . . . or maybe more.
I’m telling you all this because it’s a great thing that we’ve started—both the workshops and the Scholarship Fund!
Last year, we granted $134,621 in scholarships for hurting folks who were looking for healing and restoration. Why, just last month at our Lose it for Life workshop, 20 attendees received some form of scholarship from New Life. Twenty individuals who were hurting and looking for help found it, because someone like you was willing to financially support New Life’s Scholarship Fund. Donate to our scholarship fund TODAY! And several of those folks stood up on Sunday morning and shared what the weekend meant to them with comments like, “This weekend saved my life,” “I came here down and depressed only to prove I was beyond hope, but I leave here full of hope, connection and a renewed relationship with God!”, expressing gratitude for those who made it possible for them to attend through their gifts to the Scholarship Fund. Read about what some scholarship recipients wrote about their experience at our most recent workshop! We are a gracious people at New Life, and have instructed those who review and approve Scholarships to be generous in so doing. We believe it’s what God would desire, and we believe that God’s Spirit will move your heart to give towards our Scholarship Fund so we can help more people than ever before find life transformation—the “Renewing of your mind,” that Paul writes of in Romans 12:2.
Nothing you can do is as direct a gift to the hurting and often desperate individual looking for that renewed mind, than a gift to New Life’s Scholarship Fund.
If you are sensing God’s nudging and can give joyfully, I ask you to make a gift to our Scholarship Fund today. Thank you in advance for your generous financial support.