Why ’Giving Tuesday Now’ Is Important to ICR’s Mission | The Institute for Creation Research

Why ’Giving Tuesday Now’ Is Important to ICR’s Mission
We’re all walking through a revolutionary and uncertain time. For us here at ICR, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused swift changes to our daily operations and ability to serve our staff, volunteers, community, and faithful friends. In response, we’ve moved more of our ministry online and enhanced our media production efforts—including several daily updates and live virtual events—to provide news and education to a global audience, including Texas, Trinidad, Ireland, Australia, Thailand, and more.1

Many charitable foundations and leading nonprofits have linked arms to create a worldwide initiative called “Giving Tuesday Now” that helps organizations like ICR to persevere in this turbulent economy.2 Giving Tuesday Now is a global day of giving, advocacy, and volunteering.

While ICR depends on funds to fuel its creation science research, education, and outreach, Giving Tuesday Now isn’t just about monetary donations.

“This is about inspiring local unity, action, and generosity. Our community, country and world need our support now more than ever before,” said Dave Scullin, president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas—founder of North Texas Giving Day.2

Due to public health recommendations regarding COVID-19, the ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History had to close its doors on March 16 and will remain closed until further notice.3 But this hasn’t stopped our community from spreading the joy and excitement of our ministry. Here’s a message we received from one kind ICR friend and advocate:

As a family we choose a membership for somewhere every year. It could be the zoo, or other places. We enrolled in the [ICR Discovery Center] Premium Membership and we have never been more happy about any membership….This is our family’s favorite place to be. We are looking forward to it opening again! —Carmen M.

Have you benefitted from ICR’s ministry? We would love for you to join our passionate group of advocates who help families discover the truth about our Creator and Savior.

Here are 3 ways you can help us today:

GIVE! Visit our North Texas Giving Tuesday Now page and make a gift. A donation of any amount will make a difference.
SPREAD THE WORD! Share our giving page via email, social media, and text.
PRAY! Ask the Lord to grant us wisdom during these difficult times and the ongoing resources to continue providing faith-building scientific evidence to people around the world. Plead for physical healing of the sick, protection for those serving on the front lines, and salvation of the lost. Request wisdom from God for our municipal, state, and federal leaders. And give thanks for God’s faithfulness, goodness, and unfailing love.4

Prayer is powerful and honors the Lord.4 We pray and give thanks for you daily. If you have any specific prayer requests or praises, our staff would be delighted to lift them up before the Lord today.5

We hope we can count on you to join our community of generous supporters, advocates, and prayer partners who empower ICR and the ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History to help families, children, and students discover how science confirms the Bible.

References
1. Morse, C. A Silver Lining in the World of Education. COVID-19 News. Posted on ICR.org April 24, 2020, accessed May 5, 2020.
2. ‘NORTH TEXAS GIVING TUESDAY NOW’ LAUNCHES AS LOCAL EFFORT TO RAISE CRITICAL FUNDS FOR COVID-19 RELIEF AND RECOVERY: EFFORT TO BE SPEARHEADED BY DALLAS COWBOYS, COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION OF TEXAS AND UNITED WAY OF METROPOLITAN DALLAS. North Texas Giving Day. Posted on northtexasgivingday.org April 1, 2020, accessed May 5, 2020.
3. Our Statement on the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History.
4. Hansen, M. Take it to the Lord in Prayer. COVID-19 News. Posted on ICR.org April 20, 2020, accessed May 5, 2020.
5. Send your prayer requests and praises via private message on our Facebook page or post as a public comment here.

*Michael Hansen is Digital Marketing Specialist at the Institute for Creation Research.
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