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September 2017 Update

Here we are at the end of September and here in our part of the world it feels like the middle of July!  Boy is Sherri glad we got the air conditioner fixed in her car!  She almost put it off because the weather was cooling off and fall was coming.

Another thing we are very glad about is that Rolf did not go back to China as planned. Actually it is a huge PRAISE!!  He had to have surgery a couple of weeks ago for a ruptured hernia. Unfortunately the news doesn’t get any better.  Unrelated he also has a blockage at the base of his bladder which hopefully surgery will be able to correct.  This involves a catheter until surgery, and a string of doctor appointments.  Meanwhile he has developed a bladder infection which has put everything on hold until that clears up. Needless to say he is very uncomfortable and not very happy.  Please we need your PRAYERS for good results and healing. 

“I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” Philemon 1:6.

We have some good news to pass along from China.  “Faith or Fiction” classes are continuing on!  Anna’s class of 14 from this summer is finished and all 14 are now brothers and sisters in Christ!!  She is a teacher and has recruited 6 of her students from this new school year to join a new Faith or Fiction” class.  Jennifer is starting a class with 8 from her work place and neighborhood.  Martha has a class of 9 from the church.  Lisa is taking a sabbatical as she is starting a new business but she “cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:20) and is doing a Bible study with 3 people from her new business! So the word of God spreads. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly,” (In this case Dalian China!) Act 6:7.  PRAISE God with us!

And more good news and an answer to prayer, we have been put in contact with someone who works for the type of housing that we are planning on moving to.  She has been able to answer some of our questions and has told us to call her as soon as we get the application and she will help us complete it.  Her words were, “we will get you in!”  Not that she has pull but that she knows what is needed and how to get it filled in correctly.  We are so relieved and grateful!  Of course this is not a guarantee so keep praying please!

We are so grateful for all your prayers and we are so excited to share how God is and has answered them.  Thank you for holding us and this ministry up before the Throne.  You make a difference.

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About Amazon Smile

“Amazon Smile” is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization “China-In His image” every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as at Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at Amazon Smile?

To shop at “Amazon Smile” simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at “Amazon Smile.”

Which products on “Amazon Smile” are eligible for charitable donations?  

Tens of millions of products on “Amazon Smile” are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for Amazon Smile Donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on “Amazon Smile”?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and “Amazon Smile.” Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on “Amazon Smile”?

On your first visit to “Amazon Smile” (smile.amazon.com), you need to select your charitable organization “International Ambassadors for Christ” to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping.

How to Set it up:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com from your web browser.
  2. In the Bottom Right corner, search for “International Ambassadors for Christ”
  3. Click “select”
  4. You’re finished! Now it’s time to Shop!.

Amazon Smile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

Can I change my charity?

Yes, you can change your charity any time. Your “Amazon Smile” purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. To change your charity, sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”

What charities can I choose from?

You can choose from almost one million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations. 

What if my selected charity has been removed to participate in the “Amazon Smile” program or becomes ineligible?  

If your selected charity becomes ineligible, or requests to be removed from the program, you will have a chance to select a different charity to receive the accrued donations that have not yet been disbursed to your charity. If you do not select a different charity, the accrued donations will be distributed to other organizations receiving donations.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?

The “Amazon Smile Foundation” will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible “Amazon Smile” purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on “Amazon Smile”?

Donations are made by the “Amazon Smile Foundation” and are not tax deductible by you.

Your charitable contributions to “International Ambassadors for Christ”  however are income tax deductible and are made with the understanding that “IAfC” has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds.  No goods or services were provided by the ministry for these contributions.  We will receipt annually all gift donations.  If we offer books, tapes, or other materials for a suggested donation, we will receipt the amount given above the retail price of the product, plus shipping and handling costs.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has determined that “International Ambassadors for Christ” is tax exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) as a publicly supported nonprofit mission organization incorporated in the State of Illinois.

Thank you…for your support of “International Ambassadors for Christ”. Through your investment, prayers and partnership you are helping to reach men and women in leadership positions here in Chicago and in China with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  It is an honor and a privilege to work in a ripe and ready harvest with you.

“I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields!  They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35

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