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Serving the Kingdom in Southeast Asia

Software for missionaries

This blog is mostly for other missionaries who might be reading this at With the start of the new year, I'm sure many of you ( like myself) are scurrying about trying to get your financial information in order for 2006. Whether it's gathering information from the past year for taxes, or just trying to start fresh with a new budget for the upcoming year, sometimes the task of financial organization can be overwhelming. (Gosh, I really sound like a commercial don't I ?) Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know about a free program that I recently found. Donor Manager is a program written by a missionary for missionaries in order to assist with fundraising and financial tracking. I've just started inputting my information, and it seems very helpful so far (also, very user friendly) and I'm actually excited to sit down and work on finances now! The features are many and I would do the program an injustice by trying to name them all.... So check it out for your self! Hope it helps you as much as it has me!

Since I'm already doing "advertisements", I thought I'd share about e-books as well. We weren't able to bring many books with us when we came overseas, but e-books have allowed us to delve into a good book and escape a little from the pressures of life on the field. With a quick download of Microsoft Reader or Adobe Reader (both free programs) you can read most e-books on your computer or pda. Of course, you can purchase e-books from many sources, but there are thousands of free e-books available from places like let's be honest, who doesn't prefer free?) I've heard people say, "I just couldn't stand reading a book on a screen". I have to admit I used to be one of those people, but I've really become accostomed to it. Just this year I've read Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Little Men, and Jo's Boys in e-book format. Many Christian classics are available in free e-book format as well, like The Confessions of St. Augustine, The Imitation of Christ, and Concerning Christian Liberty to name a few. So give it a try !

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