This year marks a landmark in my life. Miracle Distribution Center has turned forty, and I have been here since the very beginning. Throughout this year of celebration, many have asked what made my brother and I start the Center. I think everyone is waiting for a prophetic account, like a burning bush or a bolt of lightning, but it simply came from a desire to be truly helpful.
Forty years ago there was no place to easily find A Course in Miracles, so we made sure we had plenty of copies on hand. We also wanted to study the Course and have others join us in the process, so that led to the study group coordination and listings, which led to conferences, which led to…and the list goes on.
To this day, we continue to meet needs and be truly helpful. The way we accomplish this today looks different than it did forty years ago, but it still is the essence of our work. In some ways, as I look back and forward, I see that the work of the Center may not have come in a burning bush or a bolt of lightning, but it was clearly the essence of what the Course asks us to do: To be here to be truly helpful.
I am so honored that you have joined with me and the Center on this journey. Some of you have been a part of this family ever since we opened our doors in 1978, and for that I am truly grateful. I have tearfully read your miraculous stories and been humbled by how the Course has healed the countless lives drawn to the work of the Center; it has been nothing short of a miracle!
Each year at this time I reach out to you, our wonderful supporters, and ask you to help me keep the message of the Course available to students around the world by being truly helpful to the work of the Center. I pray you will turn within and follow your heart in support of the Center’s continuing service to the world.
In our busy lives, it is often easy to take for granted a place that has been around for forty years. This fast-moving, technological age has led to many organizations closing their doors, and we only realize their value after they are gone. I know so many of you have been blessed by the dedicated and loving service of MDC.
It takes more work than most realize to maintain the Center’s multi-faceted programs. If you have been supported by the outreach of MDC, I hope you will use your financial gifts to support our ongoing work.
We all need to reach out in support of one another, for through that process we learn the fullness of who we are. In the world, this means using our financial gifts to support what we believe in. As we give to what we believe in, it becomes stronger in us. When you give to MDC you become part of its life-giving energy. We can’t just hope someone else will step up; we need to do our part. When each of us does a little, we can move mountains.
I hope you will join with me to keep MDC’s free services available for everyone, now and into the future. Please take a moment to consider a one-time gift, or an ongoing gift by becoming a Holy Helper (those who give monthly to the Center), or if you’re already a Holy Helper, consider increasing your current monthly gift. Ongoing support is critical to allow the Center to plan for the future.
Thank you again for your ongoing love and support. I hope you will not put this letter aside, but rather take a moment right now to help MDC continue to make the practical, healing message of the Course relevant and available into the future. Your gift of any amount is appreciated; all expressions of love are maximal.
Beverly Hutchinson McNeff
PS: If you don’t have the free gift below (the beautiful vinyl cling we sent in our current donation appeal), make sure you request one … or even two or more! It’s the perfect way to remember this truth wherever you are!