Dear Victory City Church Family:
I love this time of year – Christmas trees, holiday parties, hot chocolate, and the spirit of generosity that seems to swell up in our society. There is something about peace on earth and goodwill towards men that makes us think about other people a little bit more than usual.
Over the next several weeks, I invite everyone to participate in our GIFT FOR THE KING CHRISTMAS OFFERING. Stores will begin to fill with busy shoppers excited to find the perfect gift as the spirit of generosity fills the air. I know one of my favorite traditions is giving gifts to my loved ones at Christmas and being a blessing to my family and friends.
Several years ago, the Lord reminded me of Matthew 2:11 and spoke to me through the story of the wise men coming into the house where Jesus was. The Bible says the wise men fell to the floor and worshiped Him… and it didn’t stop there. The scripture says that as they adored Him, they opened their treasure chests and presented Him with gifts. After reading that story in Matthew, I heard the still, small voice ask me, "What gift will you give Me this Christmas?" At that moment, I realized that for so many Christmases, I left Jesus out and did not give HIM anything.
So, my wife and I came into an agreement that every year, out of all the gifts we give, the BEST gift we offer is to THE KING OF KINGS, JESUS.
Over the last eighty-four years, we have seen our church grow from just a handful of people to a thriving and growing church. Along the way, we have done all we can to "help people grow in faith to experience VICTORY." With this Special Christmas Offering, we can increase our impact on our city, deepen our ministry to our attendees, and multiply our efforts to reach those around the world who do not know Jesus. I have heard it quoted, "If you are going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can't be erased." Remember, what we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others remains.
God has a plan for everyone and everything. That includes you, and it includes Victory City Church. Our church leadership has been praying and listening for clarity and is excited to announce our latest church projects. We now have the opportunity to invest in our mission's strategic partners in a way that will impact future generations.
We cannot pull this off without your support. Whether you give to the church regularly or attend on occasion, we ask you to consider contributing prayerfully to this massive undertaking. It is something we need our entire church community to help with.
Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Let me add this, “And where there are no resources, the vision perishes.”
Would you join my wife and me in partnering with us this Christmas season by giving a sacrificial financial gift to help us fund these projects? Every donation will help us accomplish the vision and allow us to move further, farther, and faster with this project.
We aim to raise $100,000 in the Gift for the King Offering.
Remember, no amount given is too small! Every dollar given will make an impact on eternity because of your generosity.
The question is, will you be a part of the miracle that will take place? We hope and pray you will partner with us!
From the bottom of our hearts, we want to say… Thank you in advance for giving over and above to make Victory City Church a solution-providing church! We declare that OUR BEST DAYS are AHEAD OF US!
My wife and I, and our daughters, Ruthie, and Vera, wish you and your family the most magnificent Christmas season as we partner together to help people grow in faith to experience victory!
Blessed to be your pastors,
Rusty and Victoria Railey