Our fiscal year at No Greater Joy Ministries (NGJ) ended on June 30, 2014. Our total income for the year was $1,226,603 (unaudited) of which $470,136 were contributions. Contributions were down $140,216 and our total income was down $282,179. Our royalty income increased significantly over last year as our overseas sales are well more than our domestic sales. Our annual independent CPA firm audit started on September 23, 2014.
We are continuing to minister full steam ahead. Despite the diminishing contributions and overall sales, we have not slowed our global ministry—actually increased it. We thank you for your continued support of our Ministry through purchases and more importantly your contributions. Due to the technological evolution of how people access information, we have reduced our staff. So much is now downloaded or sold through Amazon and other distributors that in-house orders, packing, and shipping are diminishing rapidly. While maintaining our ministry focus, we are continuing to reduce staffing and overall expenses. We have the fulltime equivalent of less than 6 staff members.
We now have 44 languages of Good & Evil available on our site, which is 8 more than last year at this time. We have also had reprints in many of the translated languages due to the overwhelming demand for the books. NGJ funds this work entirely from your donations. Our iMissionary program is expanding each month, and we literally are reaching other language groups through the world on a daily basis. Good and Evil has a separate website: http://goodandevilbook.com. It is being developed to provide access to translation tools that almost any family will be able to work with. Future languages will be translated and available for download at a much faster pace than the first 44 languages were.
Families often contact us about sponsoring a language. In September someone contacted us about purchasing 500 copies each of the Nepalese and Urdu Good & Evil to have delivered to missionaries in Nepal and Pakistan. In order to achieve an economy of scale, we printed 2,500 of each and are sending the balance of 2,000 copies each to the missionaries already distributing Good and Evil in Nepal and Pakistan. Situations like this happen fairly regularly through our worldwide outreach.
This is the first year since 2006 we have not exhibited at the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS). Over the last few years there has been a steady decline in attendance and enthusiasm at these trade shows, and we did not feel the expense and the time away from the office was worthwhile. The brick-and-mortar Christian Bookstores are diminishing in market share as digital sales escalate, whereas Amazon (about 35 million print books on their site) and other online retailers’ sales have increased exponentially. Unfortunately NGJ does not make as much profit on an Amazon sale, but we are expanding our base as families who have never heard of us are accessing our books and experiencing transformation in their marriages and families. The publishing business is changing at a very fast pace and we are changing with it.
More and more of our communication is happening through Social Media and Social Networking. We continue to expand our presence there to reach the tech-savvy generation (plus a few grandparents).
The funds to print the newly translated languages are not available. We need your help! NGJ does not take an administrative fee on any donation; 100% of all Good and Evil donations go into funding the translation, printing, and distribution of Good and Evil books. Any gift postmarked by December 31, 2014 will be receipted for 2014. You can phone in your donations through 5:00 p.m. Central Time on December 31st.
The stock market has been good to many people this year. If you have stocks or mutual funds that have experienced a large capital gain in 2014, turn that gain into Good & Evil Illustrated Bible Storybooks. By donating the stock to NGJ before December 31, 2014, you avoid the capital gain on your sale and you also receive a tax deduction. Make an eternal impact on God’s Kingdom! Email me (Mel) for more information at
[email protected] or call me directly at 931-593-2484.
Every available dollar we receive goes to Ministry once our overhead is accounted for. We again thank you for supporting No Greater Joy and may the Lord bless all of your endeavors.
“With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding. With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.”