My request for your prayers for the NFPI apostolate is not just pious window dressing for a fund appeal. The battle is spiritual. Bishops and priests have been either misled or cowed into ignoring the elephant in the sanctuary. Please pray for them generically and by name. If you have a speaking relationship with them, ask them to make the NFPI course part of their New Evangelization effort. Pray for them to call or write us. We provide an excellent service, but the bishops and their priests have to create the demand. In any diocese, the judicious use of the NFPI Home Study program could make our service immediately available to every parish no matter how remote. And, of course, I would be most happy to share our goals and efforts with seminarians.
I am sure that many of you realize that what NFPI really needs is someone younger to take over its leadership. To accomplish that, we need to raise our level of funding enough to fund a small staff plus office and travel expenses. So Sheila and I ask your prayers for the wisdom & prudence and the manpower & the money to make NFPI a long term service to our Church and culture. Please include these needs of NFPI in your Mass and Rosary intentions.
Is there anything else you can do? Here’s a short list. Perhaps you could become NFP teachers with us if your pastor will make the course a normal part of preparation for marriage. . . We want to advertise the Home Study Course, and we could use your help. Can you suggest any magazines that are read by young people? . . . Perhaps you could sign up for Google Alerts on Natural Family Planning or Ecological Breastfeeding, and then provide informed commentary. . . . Also, become familiar with the NFPI website and the many articles posted there including several dealing with the sexual revolution. These might be helpful in your discussions with others or letter writing. There’s also a recent article on NFP as an agent of evangelization, and there will be more.
Please support NFP International. It very definitely IS an agent of the New Evangelization—just read or reread Chapter 1 of our users manual, Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach. Admittedly, NFPI is very small but we are making a difference here and around the world. In our fiscal year ending September 30, we had 4,644 registrations to download the NFPI manual. Of those, 4097 were from the States, and 547 were from 102 different countries around the world. That’s an average of 387 per month, and tabulating the day’s registrations is frequently the bright spot of my NFPI day.
A major donor is eager to match all gifts received during the month of December up to a total of $10,000. So please take advantage of stretching the power of your donation. Thanks very much for whatever you can do.
In His service,
John F. Kippley
NFP International is a 501-c-3 non-profit charity. All gifts are tax deductible.