Special Year-End Matching Opportunity
Dear Friends of SSI,
It should come as no surprise to hear that the Lord has continued to bless our ministry in incredible ways this past year, helping us to overcome many difficult challenges! Through it all, God has enabled us to continue our mission of empowering young people to be Ambassadors for Christ. He has made it possible for us to maintain our testimony of ministry to young people! And that is such a great blessing!
We are writing to you now with an exciting opportunity to be a part of sustaining our ministry here at SSI and help launch us into the next year.
A generous donor has provided $20,000 of matching funds for our Year-End Funding campaign! That means that every gift dated by December 31, 2020 with be doubled.
Please consider joining us and our many partners as we “Say Yes to the Next Generation!” This is an incredible opportunity to support us as we invest eternal truths into the lives of hundreds of young people. We hope you will prayerfully consider making a generous donation to help us continue our mission.
Now more than ever, SSI is needed to equip young people with a Biblical Worldview and clear Godly leadership principles. We need ethical leaders who are rooted in Scripture and motivated to influence this world for Christ and His Kingdom. There are so many SSI alumni in Michigan and throughout the nation who are doing just that! In fact, one of our alumni was just elected to the Michigan House of Representatives and will begin serving in 2021. It brings us great joy to see the seeds planted years ago continuing to bear fruit.
With all that has taken place this year, I wanted to take time to provide an update on our progress and share our plans for 2021!
LEAD Summer Program
Although we were forced to cancel our in-person LEAD Program this summer, in just 7 weeks we pivoted to an interactive, online format with three tracks. The student response was overwhelmingly positive! Here are some examples of what they had to say:
I didn’t know how it was going to be online, but as the days unfolded there were sometimes when I just forgot that I was on screen. I just thought I was there with the people… I learned so much this week, and I’m just really impressed with how well it went, so thanks to everybody. –Alex H.
We had a lot of fun. Devotions were a great start to every day, always putting us on the right track with our thoughts. We might be busy trying to write speeches, but the important thing is that our thoughts, and our actions, and our words are pointing to Christ… what matters is what we learn about leadership and about Christ being our own. –Julia M.
God radically blessed our LEAD Online program. Many students publicly dedicated their lives to Christ and were empowered by the Gospel to be the change they want to see in the world, all while receiving in-depth training in civics, critical thinking, public speaking, and more!
We are now preparing for LEAD 2021 next summer, which we hope will once again be in-person! We cannot wait to provide our amazing real-world experiences in the Legislative, Media, Business, Campaign, and Judicial arenas. Stay tuned for more information!
Although many schools were forced to cancel this year, we are grateful to already have a number of these two-day intensive programs scheduled for the spring! It will be exciting to get back on the road next year as we take our Onsite program throughout Michigan.
The 2020 Ambassador League graduates, once again, exceeded expectations. It is a joy to see these young leaders complete this intensive discipleship course. One of our recent John Quincy Adams Award recipients said,
I learned so much, and the things I learned will benefit me for the rest of my life. –Olivia H.
Our new class of students are truly exceptional, and we look forward to watching them grow and excel in the coming months.
Will you join us and “Say Yes to the Next Generation”?
Friends, it is so rewarding to be fully engaged in God’s will as we continue to reach students for the Kingdom! We are encouraged! Our God is faithful! We are so excited to empower a new generation of leaders for Christ, and we hope you will join us!!
Next year will present as many opportunities as it will challenges, and we are trusting God for the necessary resources to continue touching the lives of hundreds of young people. We are eagerly anticipating this new season of ministry, and we need your support now to launch us into the new year.
In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul calls on the church to “Strive together with me in your prayers to God.” Today, I ask you to “strive with us” through your prayers and generous financial support!
With your help we will continue to equip, empower, and engage young people to be the leaders in their generation. Join us in providing high quality programs at an affordable price, continuing our tradition of ensuring that no one is turned away due to lack of finances.
Your support is a great blessing to us! Please consider a generous contribution today!
Please be sure to post mark your contribution by December 31, 2020 to double your gift!
Every gift is appreciated, and no gift is too small.
Yours for the next generation!
James Muffett, President Joseph Cecil, C.O.O.