We’ve got to stop saying “no” for people!

Yes, just prior to needing to make a decision on whether or not to reach out to our entire network to see if they wanted to partner with us, I heard the message “we’ve got to stop saying ‘no’ for people“.  I actually heard this the week prior in a couple different context.

First was in the context of making a sales call.  How often have you disqualified a prospective client prior to even giving them a chance to say “no”?  Secondly, was during the high school ministry teaching where the message was focused toward inviting people to attend student ministry.  How many times do we think to invite someone to join us at church, however, don’t ask because we come up with some reason why they wouldn’t want to attend?

Adding to this, I had heard a few messages on “robbing people of the blessing of giving”.  While many may have the personal finances to support traveling on a mission trip, we need to recognize that their are others who truly experience the blessing of their generosity and would be disappointed to find out after the fact that they could have contributed to your trip.

To date, I can honestly say that I have been humbled by numerous people I would have never thought to ask partnering with us.  I can tell you that this same story is being heard from numerous others on our team and we are extremely thankful for this support.  So, this is the background on why you’ve likely received a couple other invitations to join us and are receiving this final invite.

In the event you didn’t see our prior updates.  In September, Kandice Richey, my sister, and I have an exciting opportunity to share Christ’s love with the people in Nairobi, Kenya on a mission’s trip sponsored by my church, Traders Point Christian Church (TPCC). We will be traveling with a team from TPCC to participate in this trip September 6-19, 2013.

If you’d like to see more of the details regarding our trip, please go to our blog post to learn more which is linked:  Would you consider helping?


One of the ways you can help us get ready for this amazing trip is to pray for Kandice, myself, my team members, and the overall trip. We cannot do this trip without your prayer support.


Another way you can help me is to support Kandice and I is financially. The cost of this trip is $2,700 per person which each team member is responsible to raise on their own. To date, we have 70% of the funds raised and we’re very grateful to those who have contributed. Please prayerfully consider supporting us financially for this trip. God always provides and is faithful to His servants.


All funds going toward TPCC mission trip costs are considered tax-deductible contributions to the extent allowed by law. They are accepted with the understanding that TPCC has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds. These donated funds are non-refundable. All contributions towards our mission trip costs may be submitted though TPCC’s online giving. Please visit our website, www.tpcc.org and look for the online giving link near the bottom of the home page. Once logged in, you will see a selection for Mission Trips.  Follow the process selecting Kenya-Sept 6-19 and Chris Arnold. Then follow the instructions to complete the rest of the process.


Some prefer to not do online giving.  You can still make a contribution in a few different ways.  One would be simply to send Kandice or I your check directly.  Please contact me directly for our address.  In order to insure your contribution is tax-deductible, please make the check out to Traders Point Christian Church.  Additionally, you can mail the check directly to the church via the information on the website.  Simply insure you note that these funds are to be used for Short Term Mission-Kenya, Chris Arnold or Kandice Richey, and September 2013.  For your benefit, Kandice and I are combining funds, so it doesn’t matter which account your contributions are directed. 

Again, thank you for your continued support and encouragement.  Have a fantastic Day!

Blessings, Chris

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