Thank you so much to everyone who rallied to our support over the weekend! Your gifts, sacrifices, prayers and words of encouragement have made a difference! It is a great anniversary gift to us — 24 years on Valentine’s Day — to know that people out there are so supportive of the work we do!
God’s Gift of Hope in Our Present Crisis
I want to share with you something very special that came to us this weekend. It was the correspondence from a special young lady, 17 years old, who ordered books and made a donation! Her name is Hope and she came bearing HOPE to us in this time of crisis in our ministry. Her testimony is very touching and showed me, yet again, how God is using our ministry in ways that I would never expect:
Please know that prayers and thoughts and all things good are headed your family’s way… I wish we could have known sooner to help! Your family is incredible and inspiring, and your books equally so. They change lives…. I remember my mother buying Arms of Love when I was in the sixth grade. She thought I was too young to understand all of the concepts, but I remember begging her to read the book. Once she agreed, we had some great discussions that I will treasure, especially since her passing.
All of us, your readers, are responsible and have a part to play in this work of the Lord that you are continuing. I pray that those “coming out to the vineyard” to help you now aren’t too late. Please keep me posted.
God bless you!
I was so touched by Hope’s email, so I contacted her … I remembered us having corresponded back and forth years ago! It struck me deeply that somehow the Lord had used my books to communicate to her something in her relationship with her mom, now that her mom was gone. This was not the first time a young girl had shared with me how my books had ”filled a spot” in her life in the absence of her mother … a reassurance of her mother’s desires for her … a reminder of conversations past that would be forever in her heart! What an honor!
I contacted Hope and this was her reply:
I am touched that you remember e-mails from me. I think that at the time I was thirteen and in the eighth grade, if I remember correctly. I am now seventeen years old and a senior in high school. My mother and baby brother Peter passed away in June 2009. Mom had a heart condition that we had no idea about (neither did the doctors). At the time she was 26 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby Peter… and it is a blessing that he was born that night, after my mother’s death, and lived long enough to be baptized by one of our diocesan priests. My mom was incredible- she actually heard about your books from a friend and then convinced our diocesan bookstore to start stocking your books. She’s the sole reason a whole bunch of moms (as well as friends of mine!) have read your books.
Please feel free to use quotes or anything else to help your ministry. Like I said, it may be a ministry started by your family, but all of your readers have a part to play- especially now.I will certainly keep praying for your ministry and your family. Let me know if I can do anything else to help! I sent out a plea on facebook to a bunch of friends…. Please keep me posted on how people are responding and how all of you are doing.
Hope for us all!
Isn’t this an impressive thing to hear from a seventeen-year-old who has faced her own serious trials in life? Her words, her sacrificial giving, her commitment to purity and to supporting a ministry that impacted her own life personally — it all speaks volumes! As I wrote to her:
[Hope] you are a sign of “hope” to me in our present struggles! Satan has been whispering every possible message of discouragement in my ear, in order to derail us in our mission, ever since we sent out this plea for financial help to continue our ministry work! In the midst of his “seductive” voice and his lies came the sweet, loving, and supportive voice of Hope! You are truly a gift to me in my life right now in this present crisis!
Hope is a sign of HOPE, not just for me — but for everyone of us — of what God is doing in this generation of young Catholics to build His Kingdom!
Let us never underestimate the potential of young people to be courageous models of faith in our world! Set your expectations high for youth in living PURE lives, and they WILL rise up. They will soar above the lies of our world, above the emptiness of impurity and lust, above the deceptive lures of materialism, and will do great things! Build them in Purity in their lives. It is the path that will lead them through every trial to God … for it is the virtue that keeps their eyes focused on Him!
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!
Please remember Hope, her family, her mother and baby brother Peter in your prayers! Please pray for all of our youth to have the courage to be such amazing Pure Witnesses of their faith in our world!
Beyond the Value of Money!
Please also remember that when you share these books you are giving a gift that is so beyond the value of money! I cannot tell you how many times over the years people have shared life-changing, souls-saving testimonies with us … but it is the reason that we have persevered, against all odds, in this work!
Just One Day More for our Crazy 70% Discount!
We are happy to continue our
CRAZY sale of 70% OFF
Buy 10 for $50
for one day more!
THE SALE ENDS TOMORROW
Wednesday February 16th
Obviously we can’t afford to continue at those prices … they are barely meeting our costs of production! After all, we still have a large family to feed! However, we need to get books out to the world, so that hopefully others will get these books, pass them around, souls will be reached and lives changed!
We’re still trying to help you evangelize!
We will continue our still exceptional sale price of
$9.95 per book
until the end of this month!
Please encourage friends and family to buy!
Moving from a business model of ministry to a donation-based ministry!
Our original goal in our ministry was: Sell lots of books, earn enough money to support our family and then be able to provide ministry for free to the world! Obviously this wasn’t God’s plan for our ministry! God is showing us that He is not wishing for us to be philanthropists — rather, beggars and fools for the Kingdom!
I am learning much in having to “beg” for our living … but I realize that we are in good company of many saints … St. Francis of Assisi was the Joyful Beggar, just to mention one! Lord, teach us to be joyful as we grow in humility! Open the hearts of those you have chosen to support this work … may they come forward soon – with sacrificial love – to help prosper this work of God!
We are so very thankful for all the donations we have received! We are now able to catch up on a few past due bills. There are more we can’t yet meet. We will hopefully keep the wolf away from our door for one more month! Praise God! There’s still time to turn Set Our Sails for the deep!
One man, who made a donation, wrote to us:
“Thank you for letting us know of your situation.
Your ministry needs to continue.”
Others also shared similar words of encouragement!
Book Three — Coming Soon?
Over the years many have asked me when I would be writing my third book. The answer:
“The book is written in my heart — in fact, the whole series is sitting there (about five books long) — but I need to find the time to write and the funding while I am taking time off to write and the capital to allow us to go to print with projects.”
In other words, we need MONTHLY SUPPORT and Benefactors!
Monthly Support … to promote Purity?
What would your support be going toward?
The production (writing and publishing) of books that promote purity — in a world gone crazy with lust and immorality! Amazingly, these simple novels cut through to the heart and help to protect so many from the lies of our culture that come to them daily! That’s HUGE!
The work we do daily responding to emails and phone calls, plus the personal contact I have with young people to encourage them and address their issues and concerns. I can’t “charge” a kid for my time to email and help them sort out problems in their life! But with monthly support, that time is “covered”, our family is being fed and our bills are getting paid, and there is much less stress in our home! My husband is at home, to support this work: he takes many of the calls himself, manages the orders and takes care of customer needs, then helps out making meals and taking care of the needs of our family while I work. People sometimes suggest that he goes back to a “real job” … his IS a real job, and without him here doing it — this ministry will fold!
The work we do now and the vision we have to do more in providing internet resources and support, free materials, local training for youth in leadership, etc. We cannot do more, if we have to pull back to go to other jobs to support our family.
The question remains:
Is the value of Purity
– challenging Catholics
to become Pure Witnesses of their Faith,
by setting Christ at the heart of their lives –
important enough for you to offer monthly support?
If it is …
… please consider adding us to your monthly tithe!
Even $10, $20, $50 a month. It all adds up, when enough people do it! So far we’ve raised a commitment of $400 per month, along with one-time donations. Our needs monthly run upwards toward $10,000 (which includes a modest wage for our graphic designer, web developer … who has patiently waited for over a year for a raise! God bless his sacrifices for the Kingdom!)
Please prayerfully consider giving monthly-support! We appreciate that everyone is hit hard in these tough times. What we need to ask is where and how we are to invest what money we have? Investing our time, talents, and money into building the Kingdom is essential! These are the things eternal!
What is the value of a soul?
How many souls can be reached by these books?
Arms of Love and Surrender, have over and over again touched hearts in an intimate way … through the power of fiction!
A life-changing book like Fullness of Purpose can transform any Catholic at any stage in their journey!
The Parish Picnicis a beautiful way to set children’s hearts for the Kingdom, self-sacrifice, and to foster a love for our Catholic faith!
The effects of these books have a huge impact on eternity!
Getting the Message of Purity Out There!
How many souls can be reached? Many! We just have to connect with them! Presently we have 2200 emails on our list, but only about 500 of them get opened. Many end up in spam filters.
By forwarding our emails on to friends and families, you are helping us to reach thousands more than we could on our own! Please help us in this way!
Limited Time Offer
Act now! Our sale ends tomorrow …
Wednesday February 16th
on the 10 for $50 deal
… but we will continue the
$9.95 price for the rest of this month
– still 41% off the regular price!
So please let family and friends know!
May God bless you for your generous support!
Together, we can bring HOPE to many lives with this message of PURITY … and in the process bring many souls to heaven! There are souls out there who would not get this message except for the efforts and sacrifices that you make to help in this work. You may not know them now in this life — but you will in the next!
Eternity with our God is what it is all about …
the goal of our lives and
the promise of the Pure in Heart!
Blessings, with humble gratitude!
Carmen and James Marcoux