I am writing you today rejoicing that we get to celebrate such an amazing event this Christmas. We’ve been given the gift of Jesus, born to us, to be the Savior of the world. What a blessing to remember all that we’ve been blessed with this year. I can’t believe 2010 has almost passed and we are standing at the doorway of 2011. More reasons to love, celebrate and live life following the words Jesus spoke to us to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15 NIV)
In 2007, I started a journey. I’ll be honest, I had no idea how big God was going to use a simple collection of songs I call “Little Praise Party”. This music is a little different than what most of you might be familiar with when you think of Yancy. These songs are for preschoolers. I produced a CD of songs that included remakes of Sunday School Classics and new songs I wrote thinking of these little ones vocabulary and attention spans. I have been blown away at the emails, testimonies and even videos that have been sent in about how the music has impacted kids, families and churches. In January 2009, I went on to release a DVD that was filled with animated cartoon style music videos for the songs which has been used by thousands of churches and family minivans!
I was leading worship at a conference in April 2008 when God laid on my heart to give away the money that “Little Praise Party” makes. I felt it was my way of giving back and giving to a group of kids that can’t pay me back. I am happy to say I’ve donated those profits over the past few years to two ministries. The first, Romanian Evangelistic Medical Mission, a ministry that I got to see in action first hand when I visited their orphanages in Romania www.remm-ministry.org. The other is Embassy of Hope and their Kids Helping Kids program www.embassyofhope.org. This missions family has been a part of my life since I was born and I’ve so enjoyed helping fulfill their son’s vision to impact kids through orphanages in India.
All throughout this year I’ve been asked “when is the next ‘Little Praise Party’ coming?” I’ve heard from church leaders how they need more resources like this for preschoolers. As time and funds were available this year I’ve recorded new songs. I’m happy to say the recording is two-thirds of the way done. Once the recordings are done we can proceed with the next step, a new animated cartoon DVD, which, as you may know, is not a low cost project.
MY MISSION FIELD
I’ve realized that “Little Praise Party” is my mission field. The impact has been huge! I’ve been able to provide a needed music resource that is relevant to these precious little ones as they learn to praise our great God. These preschoolers don’t have an allowance or send in love offerings to thank me for my contribution to their life. I’ve responded to God’s leading to give away the money this resource brings in and, I’ll be honest, God has always provided for every need we have.
Yancy Ministries, Inc. is a non-profit ministry dedicated to sharing the Gospel through music to kids and families. We are able to raise most of our funding through opportunities to minister at churches, camps and conferences. Also, by families and churches ordering our music resources and devotionals. You may know that I’m pregnant, giving birth to my firstborn early March. Since I normally tour year round and these live events all involve me being there live in the flesh, this will be impossible for a few months of 2011. As I prepare to give birth and welcome my own little one, I’ll have to take some time off from the road. I’m excited to invite my baby boy to join in the “Little Praise Party”. I want to share with you one of my favorite Bible verses pertaining to kids’ worship. Psalm 8:1&2. “God, brilliant Lord, Yours is a household name. Nursing infants gurgle choruses about You; toddlers shout the songs that drown out enemy talk, and silence atheist babble.” (MSG) A child that knows how to worship His creator is powerful stuff! So, this is where we arrive at the present need.
Here at YMI we are coming off the release of a new preteen CD/DVD resource “Stars, Guitars & Megaphone Dreams”. We have funds still tied up in the promotion and cost of this project that prevent us from being able to move forward on the next “Little Praise Party”. Here are our needs for this project:
· To finish the CD recording
· Create the accompanying animated singalong DVD
· Design, package and duplicate the CD and DVD
· Properly promote and get the word out there that this resource is available.
· Give away a substantial amount of these CD’s and DVD’s to churches and families to help them plant seeds of God’s word in their preschooler’s hearts.
· Have this release no later than summer 2011.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You may ask how much will this cost? $50,000.00. Is that a big number? Absolutely. But I believe we serve a big God and He has called us to do some big things in the days ahead.
I would like to invite you to prayerfully consider what you can give. As 2010 comes to a close and you consider year-end giving or even continued support throughout 2011, please consider giving funds to this project. I know thousands of kids will thank you in Heaven for your contribution. You may know of someone else that would be interested in giving towards this. Please pass this opportunity on to them or contact our office with their information. Your church or business may want to consider giving as well.
For every gift of $50 or more we’ll send you one of these CD/DVD sets when it’s completed. Some of you can give a larger gift of $100-$500. As our way of saying thanks we’ll send you the LPP CD/DVD and also our newest music and devotional for preteens. You may be able to give $1,000 or even more. If that’s you, we’ll send you a bundle of our devotional/music but also enter your church to receive a Yancy family concert in 2011. (Date to be mutually agreed upon and travel costs not included. Only one concert to be given.) Remember, for year end giving we must receive by December 31st to give you 2010 tax credit. You can give online at www.yancynotnancy.com/contact/ click on the “Make a donation” button or you can mail a check to us at:
Yancy Ministries, Inc.
2441-Q Old Fort Pkwy #354
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you for your support, prayers and love. We are impacting generations of Christ followers together! May you and yours have a very blessed Christmas!