In years past GreatControversy.org has been a 501c3 ministry. That entailed considerable record keeping and filling out government forms, and we were led to discontinue the ministry in that formalized mode. All those assets have gone over to Philippians Two Five Publishing, which has better distribution channels than GCO ever did.
NOTE: The work for which the Church employs me is pastoral ministry. All other activities are strictly secondary and must be accomplished in my personal time.
While GreatControversy.org is no longer a non-profit corporation, I am operating the GreatControversy.org website as I did before it was made a formalized ministry, as a personal ministry. Surprise: it still costs us something to keep the site on the internet.
I will be maintaining here a public running total of costs to operate this site along with the amounts of donations received.
My cost for the a year's worth of webhosting + domain name registration is about $9.00 a month. If just 12 people are impressed to provide funding for a month, the blessing can be added to many others.
Current Project: Video Capability
Raising $1998 in private donations. I do not have satisfactory gear to do quality video production. My goal is to have a primitive ability to produce videos. Present emergencies in the church are not likely to lessen. I would like to acquire one or two simple items. If you have expertise in what is best, please use the contact form to reach me. At this time I am seeking this product:
$1699.00. 21.5" iMac with 16G RAM (Avoids keyboard issues with current MacBook Pros).
$1699.00. Bottom-end 13" Apple Macbook Pro (for video editing) with 16G RAM (Memory is soldered onto the motherboard on these and non-upgradeable so you have to get it all up front. Vid loves memory.)
(Actually, any relatively recent Mac with 8 Gig or more memory would be able to run FCP.)
This will be a portable video-creation studio. In this space I will document moneys received and dates when the moneys were received and how those moneys have been spent.
Where to send
We recommend that members of the Seventh-day Adventist church be faithful in tithes and offerings through your local church. We do not solicit or knowingly accept tithe.
If you would like to make a free will offering to GreatControversy.org, make all checks payable to Larry Kirkpatrick or send any products ordered to:
36916 N Grove Rd
Deer Park, WA 99006
Again, GCO is not a non-profit ministry, your gifts are taxable and there will be no receipts.
If you order an item to send me as a gift to use as I've described, send a message so that I can remove the item from the list.