The Parable of the Starfish
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The Parable of the Starfish

by Inspiration Ministries

Perhaps you’ve heard the story of the young girl walking along the seashore, who noticed hundreds of starfish that had washed up along the beach with the incoming tide. Knowing they would soon dry out in the hot sun and die, she quickly started picking them up and throwing them back into the sea. One by one, the starfish were returned to safety.

“What are you doing?” inquired a nearby fisherman.

“I’m saving the starfish,” the girl replied proudly. “If they don’t make it back into the water, they will die.”

The fisherman, shaking his head, looked at the girl and said, “You can’t possibly save all these starfish . . . there are so many you can’t even count them!” And then he asked, “What difference can you possibly make?”

The spunky girl, looking down at the sand, picked up another starfish and tossed it into the ocean. “It made a difference to that one!” she exclaimed.

I love this story, because the fisherman’s question is one we each must ask ourselves:

“What difference can you possibly make?”

If you are an Inspiration Partner, you are joining us in our mission “to impact lives for Christ worldwide through media.” Inspiration Ministries and our partners have a passion to change the world, one life at a time, through television and other forms of electronic media.

Through our evangelistic outreaches, we are seeing an ever-greater harvest of souls.

Thanks to partners like you, Inspiration Ministries is sending the Good News of Christ all over the world—even to countries where it’s illegal to preach the Gospel by conventional means. Our ultimate quest is to help fulfill the powerful words of Habakkuk 2:14: “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”

The United Nations lists 196 different countries in the world. Last year alone, Inspiration Ministries heard from people in 181 of those countries — all because of your partnership. In the last year, more than 2.5 million people asked Jesus to be their Lord and Savior through the outreach of Inspiration Ministries!

But reaching the world with the Gospel is a lot like rescuing starfish. No matter how many lives God enables us to touch, there is still an overwhelming need to do more. While we endeavor to make a positive difference in people’s values, beliefs, and behavior, our greatest passion is to see lost people brought into a right relationship with God.

Aren’t you glad your mission in life includes a concern for making a difference in the lives of others? Someday you’ll be greeted in Heaven by countless people thanking you for your partnership in soul-winning through Inspiration Ministries.

“We’re here in Heaven because YOU cared and because you sowed financial seeds to send us the Gospel!”

I’d Like to Sow a Financial Seed

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