Sample Letter A

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Dear __________________,

I am writing to let you know how God has decided to use me this summer.

But first let me share a bit of background. Last summer, I attended InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Chapter Camp in Colorado with our chapter's leaders. While we were there, God confronted us with the idea of missionary service this summer. One by one, God led us through our prayers, and on January 15, I applied to Inter­Varsity's Global Program in Brazil. A month later, I was accepted to go on the program.

What is this program? The Global Program is InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's way of giving college students first‑hand experience living in a different culture and serving the urban poor. We will have a time of orientation in Miami before our departure for Sao Paulo on June 15. The next four weeks in Sao Paulo will be devoted to partnering with local inner-city churches and building relationships with the children in the community.

What do I expect to gain? First, I will be (and already have been) learning more about God's plan for reaching His people with the message of salvation. Second, I will learn what it is like to live in another culture and relate to people with a different perspective in life. I also hope that you will learn more about world missions as you are involved in it through my experiences.

How can you get involved? First, pray for me. I feel this is the most important aspect of learning from my experience. God can change things by His will as you and I pray. You can also help by giving financially to the Global Program in my name. I am responsible for raising $2,690 plus my airfare to Miami through gifts from friends, family and churches before I go. Would you consider giving $25, $50, or $100 towards this ministry? Please give and pray toward my goal, as God leads you.

I will be calling you to answer any questions you may have in the next few weeks. Thank you for your consideration.


[Your name and address]

P.S. Please use the envelope enclosed to send financial gifts to me. I will then send the gift to InterVarsity’s national office. All checks should be made out to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in order to be tax-deductible.

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