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December 13, 2000
Thank you for your investment in our ministry in prior years. Without any doubt, year 2000 was our most exciting and productive year by far. Your gifts have enabled us to have a global impact that will continue to bear fruit in the new millennium.
Central to our mission is to encourage the Esthers, Josephs and Daniels who are on the frontlines as advocates for the cause of religious freedom and reconciliation. It can be a very lonely existence. When the prophet Elijah despaired that he was "the only one left" God told him that there were 7,000 others who had remained faithful. I believe that today there are over 7,000 lawyers globally who are faithful to God's call on their lives.
As you will see from our Christmas letter, one of our plans for 2001 is to expand our global network of skilled advocates to over 125 nations. My hope is that by the end of 2001, we will have knitted together through the internet access to 7,000 Christian lawyers in 125 nations. It is an ambitious but doable goal. Once achieved it can be a tremendous resource to the Church.
Your generous year-end gift will enable us to begin immediately our aggressive search for the 7,000 advocates by enlisting our current network, as well as major international ministries, to help in the recruiting. The "directory" can then be used in countless practical ways.
One of the passages in Scripture that drives Advocates International is Isaiah 59: 15-16:
Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.
The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice.
He saw that there was no one,
and he was appalled that there was no one to intercede;
God is appalled --- how can God ever be appalled? --- when there are no intercessors on behalf of those suffering injustice. Again, I thank you for your willingness to be partners with those who intercede for the oppressed. I wish you a joyous Christmas and New Year as we continue...
Living in His-Story,
Samuel E. Ericsson
President & CEO