Hank HanegraaffDear Partner,

Like you, I’ve seen good times and hard times. But I frankly can’t recall anything quite like these times.

Trust me. I’m no end-times alarmist. Far from it. But you’d have to be deaf to not hear the multiple alarms going off around us.

As just one case in point, the national and global ravages of the coronavirus pandemic have been shocking. Not just to those precious families who have lost loved ones. But to millions who have lost jobs and have suffered the devastating consequences.

And tragically, we haven’t begun to see the full extent of the devastation globally. Especially in the developing world.

In fact, BBC recently reported that the world is facing multiple famines of ‘biblical proportions,’ as the coronavirus pandemic will push an additional 115 million people to the verge of starvation. Tragically, the World Food Programme (WFP) has reported that 55 countries now at risk of famine have fragile healthcare systems that will be unable to cope with the impact of the  virus. Its annual report states,

“These countries may face an excruciating trade-off between saving lives or livelihoods, or in a worst-case scenario, saving people from the coronavirus to have them die of hunger.”

When on top of the pandemic you consider the worst desert locust invasion in Africa in 25 years — with one swarm of billions of locusts spanning an incredible 37 miles long and 25 miles wide — you can’t help but wonder at this conflagration of events. For millions already at risk of starvation, the term “apocalyptic” hardly seems an exaggeration.

It’s in times like this that people understandably look for answers and hope. And it’s in times like this that CRI’s work becomes more important than ever…

The simple truth is that the flimsy frameworks of secular, materialistic, and nihilistic worldviews just aren’t suffi cient to withstand the gale force winds of life’s truly great catastrophes. In such times, people desperately need hope and courage.

That’s why I think K. P. Yohannan’s book Never Give Up: The Story of a Broken Man Impacting a Generation is a wonderful and timely read. One I’ve read cover to cover several times (click here select excerpts under the description section). Because of its potent message, I’d like to send you a copy to say thanks for your support this month, always one of the most critical months of the year financially for CRI.

Very briefly, Dr. Yohannan is the head of one of the largest missions agencies in the world. The scope of his work is nothing short of inspiring, as is his story of surviving a withering multiyear “forest fire” of trials, tribulations, and testing.

What’s more, his deeply moving account of how his faith was purified and deepened during this time can speak to all of us as we endure our own times of testing.

Because all of CRI’s outreaches are increasingly critical to believers and seekers alike during these challenging times, and because this month will crucially determine our financial health and strength going into the fi scal year ahead, I hope I can hear from you right away.

You see, in this crucial month, although large and even sacrificial gifts will be needed, every gift is important regardless of size.

Your generous gift today can help ensure that CRI’s far-reaching, mind-shaping, and life-changing ministries — from our broadcasts to podcasts and from the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL to CRI’s vast website resources accessed by users from Alaska to Zimbabwe — continue to provide not only hope but vital equipping resources to fellow believers at home and abroad.

For all that your partnership means at this critical time as we strive to stand courageously for life and truth, I’m profoundly grateful!

…because Life and Truth matter,

Host, Bible Answer Man Broadcast

My deepest thanks for standing with me during this vitally important month. Your partnership is a tremendous blessing to many more than you’ll ever know.