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Important Update on Cindy and Our Major Move, July 2016

3d2bde1Below is an important email I sent out to some of our faithful donors and prayer partners last week.  I wanted to expand this message to you, our larger constituency, to let you know what is going on and ask for your special consideration in helping us at this time.

Here is an important update and special call for your financial help at this critical time. As you may know, Cindy is now settled, without the need for oxygen support, at our daughter’s house in Temecula, CA. Her health could not be better and her spirits are high and only dampened by the predictable bittersweet circumstances in leaving our precious family and friends here in Colorado.

I am still here until our home sells—it went on the market officially last Saturday. It is hard not being with Cindy so I am planning on spending most of July there with her. As a result, through prayer and wise Godly counsel, I have decided that our annual golf fundraiser will not happen this year. I simply do not have the bandwidth to put that on with all the other moving parts that have to be managed as part of this major move.

That said, it brings to light our need to find alternative funding sources to help us through the summer months, contribute to our moving costs, retire our short-term debt and pay the final installment for the completion of our MOT Curriculum.

Here is the good news. If we can raise the roughly $30,000.00 necessary to accomplish all of this, we will be able to reset everything when we arrive in California. It will be a clean slate and exciting new beginning of what God is going to unfold there.

support-raisingHERE IS WHERE WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP.

WOULD YOU CONSIDER A MAJOR GIFT AT THIS TIME TO HELP US ACCOMPLISH OUR GOAL? HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER:

If you have participated in our golf tourney in years past and were thinking of signing up for 2016, would you please consider donating at that level for this effort?

The single player fee has always been $250.00 and the foursomes go for $1,000.00 each. I know that some of you in the past have actually sponsored players and even multiple foursomes. Please pray about doing the same again for us this year as a send off for On Target.

For any of you who can contribute at the 250.00 level or above I will include a free annual membership to all of our on line resources including our new curriculum (a $99.00 value)

Here are three ways to contribute:

  • You can send a payment to On Target Ministries at our PO Box 1654, Monument, CO 80132-1654
  • You can send it directly to Cindy in California at below

Kim Butchko (our daughter)
43799 Via Cavalo
Temecula CA 92592

Thank you so much and may God richly bless you,

 

Vince

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IMPORTANT UPDATE On Our Big Transition (June 2016)

images-2Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give hope and a future

Over 30 years ago a great man of God by the name of Dick Mills prayed over Cindy and me during a season where we were teaching our marrieds class at The Church On The Way. He told us that God gave him some verses to share with us—Jeremiah 29:11 was one of them. I cannot tell you how many times this verse has come back to us at significant times of great challenge. It remains a special blessing to us at this important transition time in our life and ministry.

Cindy’s move to California
As I write to you today we are literally packing up Cindy’s car to drive to Temecula this Tuesday May 31st. We should arrive at our daughter Kim’s home sometime Wednesday and the plan is to get Cindy settled in and then I will fly back to Colorado that following Sunday, remaining at our home until it sells. Our son-in-law, Mark McWilliams will be putting the home on the market officially sometime mid June.

Once our home sells we can then more clearly assess our options in Temecula. Needless to say, transitions like this are never easy. I am not looking forward to being without my bride for an extended period—most of you know how lost I am without her.

Let me share briefly a couple of ministry notes and then leave you with a very important list of prayer requests for us. On Tuesday June 7th, Pat McGuire and I head for Jacksonville, Florida where I will be addressing the Association Of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) national conference. My plenary session will be the opening one on Wednesday morning and I am looking forward to what God is going to do. They are expecting around 1,000 delegates, most of them CEO’s from missions throughout North America.

I have spent a lot of time asking God to give me a special message for this precious group of leaders. These men and women are literally the arrow-point of ministry in our nation today and the needs they provide are likely to become even more critical given the direction we are headed. Their theme is, Counter Culture. I believe the Lord is directing me to bring a hybrid message dealing with my title, Real Christianity In An Un-Real World along with a strong call to become serious about our personal spiritual preparedness to lead and serve.

Click on the image here for a video of the Real Christianity message I brought to over 1000 men at the ISI conference several weeks ago in Springfield, IL.

We will be in Florida for two days and then back home to plan a farewell golf event (between July 19—August 16) and work on our garage sale and other logistics associated with the transition. For those of you who have gone through a move like this, you know all that it entails—I’m tired just thinking about it.

 OK, with all that as a backdrop here now is the important stuff—Cindy and my personal call for your intercessory PRAYER. Please take the list below to God in our behalf over this next season:

Prayer for Vince and Cindy and On Target ministries

  • For Cindy to get settled into Temecula and for God to heal her lungs completely
  • For our home to sell quickly and for a fair price that will help us as we scale down and look to get debt free. (Our total retirement is wrapped up in the small amount of equity remaining in our home)
  • For an incredible response to our upcoming farewell golf fundraiser
  • For much needed funds to flow in order to help with our moving costs and pay for the completion of our new curriculum– Here is the link to our web donation page if you would like to help us http://otm.co/donate/.
  • For Pat and I to have a powerful time in Jacksonville as I speak and we together announce our new curriculum to the AGRM
  • For God to show us just the right home to either buy or rent as we transition
  • For God to open new doors of ministry opportunity in the Southern California area

I’ll be sending another update soon to let you know how things are going. Remember that as a financial partner, every person that we minister to is someone that you are ministering to as well.

Cindy and I pray God’s richest blessing upon you and your family.

 

Helping men become Fully Alive—the man God intended,

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BIG NEWS regarding the future for Vince and Cindy and On Target Ministries

wine-countryThere are some major changes on the immediate horizon for Cindy and me and we want to let you know what is going on with that, how On Target Ministries is going to move forward, and how you can help. Before I get too far into all that, please know that we are excited about the future and we truly believe that we can see God’s hand guiding our path. In fact, we see the best days of ministry ahead of us. There are only a hundred or so of you that I am sending this to, so you are really the ones that are “with us” in all that we do. I apologize in advance that there are so many big things in this letter, but if I didn’t share them I’d be leaving things out that are very important.

Cindy’s Health
Cindy is having oxygen level problems with her lungs at this altitude. Around the beginning of April we noticed that Cindy’s oxygen levels were dropping. The doctors put her through extensive testing and numerous visits and concluded that the elevation here in Colorado Springs is having a detrimental affect on her oxygen intake.

The prognosis is that she can live here but will need to be on oxygen assist, but not at sea level. Armed with that news we spent most of May visiting our daughter in Temecula, California. While on this trip we discovered that Cindy was fine—in fact, her oxygen numbers were better than mine. In addition, both the Pulmonary and Cardiology doctors there gave her positive reports. Her lung capacity and pulmonary pressure levels were fine.

So… California – Here we come! The D’Acchioli’s and On Target Ministries are moving!

OTM’s Future
We want you to know that we are seeing God’s wonderful hand in all of this. The difficulty for Cindy and me will come from having to leave our precious family and grandchildren here. I will also miss the wonderful friends and associates who have helped us over this past couple of years to re-launch OTM. I am amazed at the timing of all this. Pat McGuire, our producer has just completed the final taping of the last two volumes of our new curriculum. We also just finished our last session of the live On Target Institute sessions here at the Jericho Center.

Not only is the timing right on this end but let me tell you about what we are seeing God preparing for us on the horizon. The opportunities for us in Southern California are off the charts. With the ministry now poised to go to another level, our TV programs being aired on the NRB Network, and many churches and organizations picking up our curriculum, we are seeing very positive results and wonderful feedback.

While on this trip I had the privilege of speaking at two local churches, a men’s event in San Diego and a wonderful visit to the San Diego Rescue Mission. In all we experienced over 100 precious people give their hearts to the Lord. My dear friend, Pastor Britt, told me that in one service alone 15 people actually filled out the follow up card and registered that they asked Jesus into their heart. WOW! We do not see that very often—these new believers will be invited to a special class and encouraged in their journey.

While On Target Ministries will not miss a beat, we are convinced that additional opportunities to serve, consult, coach and even offer part-time assistance to local organizations and churches will be significant. I have already connected with a couple of possible locations to fire up our local OTI gathering of men and continue our live-stream broadcasts. I am convinced that we could see hundreds of men in the Temecula Valley sign up for this powerful weekly gathering.

Our Request
Having said all of that, and as excited as we are to see the incredible new things God is going to do, we are also mindful that the transition does come with physical, emotional and financial costs. Here is where we can really use your help.

First and foremost—PRAY! Pray that our home sells quickly and for the right price. As we are preparing to send Cindy back to California within the next two weeks, pray for her complete healing and that she gets settled in peacefully. And, oh yes—I will be alone so please pray for this guy as well. Pray for God’s peace to descend upon both of us, and our family, as we navigate this change.

Finally, please pray about helping us financially. Whenever ministries face this kind of transition it is both exciting and disruptive at the same time. Right now we are still planning our annual Golf Fundraiser for this summer. As you may know, this event is very important to the ministry. I believe this year we could see a special turnout for this annual event.

We are also about 6,000 dollars short of meeting our financial obligation for the last two volumes of our curriculum—this is critical. Perhaps you could help us with that. We will also be praying for additional funds to come in for help with the moving costs—as you know they can be substantial when moving this distance.

Next Steps
Thank you for your prayers. Cindy and I can’t tell you how much you mean to us. Please pray about giving into OTM either as a one time gift or, better yet, as a recurring gift. Here is the link to our web donation page http://otm.co/donate/. If you would like to give monthly, then click the PayPal or recurring payment option and there is a box there to check to create automatic giving. Or you can mail a check to OTM at PO Box 1654, Monument, CO 80132-1654.

I’ll be sending an update soon to let you know how things are going. Remember that as a financial partner, every person that we minister to is someone that you are ministering to as well.

Cindy and I pray God’s richest blessing upon you and your family.

Helping men become Fully Alive—the man God intended,

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April 2016 News (Another Incredible Month)

IMG_3688Looking back over the month of March we continue to be amazed and humbled at what God continues to do through On target Ministries. During mid March I was invited to be one of the plenary speakers for the Iron Sharpens Iron (ISI) event in Springfield, IL. There were over 900 men present and the atmosphere was spiritually charged. Because the men were so receptive our time together was one of the most anointed times of ministry I can remember in many years.

My good friend, ministry startup partner and producer, Pat McGuire accompanied me to this event which was a significant blessing to me personally. He had designed our new booth and we were able to set up a graphically excellent video presentation for the maiden launch of our new curriculum. Pat actually had the videos playing on a laptop for men to
see. Because I had two workshops and the privilege of bringing the closing plenary session, there was significant traffic and sales were good.
 
My opening workshop dealt with Cindy’s story of miraculous healing and many men were touched as we shared the secrets to navigating tough times. I am amazed at how many men wanted to attend this session and the number that are experiencing struggles. The second workshop drew hundreds and dealt with The Differences Between Men And Women. The session was geared toward men who are married IMG_3651or in a relationship headed that direction. The response was very positive and could lead to a future couples event in this community.

During my closing plenary session I dealt with Real Christianity In An Un-Real World. Here I talked about the importance of living a life that demands an explanation. My closing illustration dealt with what I call The Secret To Racial Reconciliation. As I closed I felt led to ask men who were ready to open their hearts to Jesus to stand. The response was overwhelming as I took the opportunity to pray for dozens who were on their feet.

As I walked off I noticed many standing with heartfelt appreciation and applause. As I later reflected on what happened I realized that a large percentage of my audience were African Americans and that Springfield is just a short distance from Ferguson where there has been so much racial tension. The response to the racial reconciliation illustration was very emotional and positive. Our prayer is that many left recognizing that we have no hope for easing tensions unless we are willing to be reconciled with the only true peacemaker—Jesus. I reminded them that the two greatest commandments loving God first & our neighbor second, are in that order for a reason—you cannot do the latter without the former.

On Sunday Pat and I went to Koke Mill Christian Church. I had the privilege of speaking at both their Sunday morning services for my friend Pastor Stan Summers. It was such a wonderful experience as I remembered being with this precious congregation several years ago. Stan has been there over 17 years and God has blessed him with a wonderful flock—they are truly a close knit family.

The other momentous thing that happened this month was the culmination of our new Men On Target curriculum package. As you may know, this is now the final exclamation point for over 25 years of work in developing and massaging this content. I have been in studio with Pat for over a year now recording this dynamic content to complete our sixty 12-minute video segments and twelve leadership training sessions. Pat has also taken two segments and turned them into thirty half-hour TV shows being aired on the NRB Network. The official public launch for this took place during our ISI conference.

 Needless to say, this is a huge development for me personally. Knowing that the culmination for 30 years of ministry and development of this message is now memorialized to video is both humbling and spiritually satisfying. It is also exciting to know we are so close to seeing the final editing and authoring processes completed so we can order inventory of the finished product.

 While we are so grateful for the generous donations that have brought us to this point, we are still about $5,800.00 short of our final goal to bring this to that end. As a result I am asking you to prayerfully consider helping us arrive at our target. Please consider a one-time special gift to make this happen. If there were 10-12 people who would consider a sacrificial gift of $500.00 at this time, we could bring all of this home.

Finally, for any of you who have connections, either with your local church, missions organizations or prison ministries, I would be happy to forward a sample of our curriculum for you to share. We are already getting endorsements from many Christian leaders who are saying this may be one of the best disciple-making models available today.

Cindy and I pray God’s richest blessing upon you and your family.

Helping men become Fully Alive—the man God intended,

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March 2016 News (An Incredible Month Of Ministry)

IMG_4650What an incredible month of ministry. It all began as I traveled to West Bend, IL for the No Regrets Conference. I was at one of the Satellite churches for this dynamic conference that went out to over 30,000 men across North America. The theme this year was Take Root and challenged men to go deeper in their walk with God. My two main sessions were Fit For The Master’s Use and Getting To Know Your Very Best Friend. In the first I shared my personal story followed by a teaching on how to have an intimate relationship with God.

On Sunday, Community Church asked me to come share the message Armed…Ready For Battle. As you me know, this message may be one of the most important ones we have ever put together and chronicles the events surrounding Cindy’s incredible journey through her life-threatening illness and miracle recovery. It is amazing to me to see what God is doing with her moving story. So many people were blessed and came up afterward to share how timely it was as they were navigating tough times.

On the 19th I traveled to O’Fallon, IL to speak for my friend Tom Cheshire at his Iron Sharpens Iron (ISI) conference. It was a huge turn out and I had the privilege of sharing twice. The first session was for pastors and leaders and dealt with the importance of their own spiritual preparedness to serve. I have found that so many of us who are in spiritual leadership today often ignore our own need to go deeper with God. The response was excellent as many of the leaders there indicated their need to hear and receive this important word of encouragement.

My second session was a brand new message for me. The title is Godly GrandFathering and comes out of my continued awareness of the importance of being a godly grandfather as I endeavor to be just that to my six precious grandchildren. There is a move on right now around our country being driven by some friends of mine. Ken Canfield, from the National Center For Fathering, Dan Erickson, from People Matter Ministries and Cavin Harper, from the Christian Grandparenting Network are combining to raise awareness for this important topic. They have asked me to help and I am excited to do so.

I will be bringing this session to my OTI group this week and it will be available on our site in the LiveStream area by week’s end. I would encourage you to go there and watch it—it relates to all men whether you are a Grandfather or not. The men appreciated the message and were challenged to go out and make a difference in the lives of young people—it is never too late.

Later this month I travel to Springfield, IL to speak to the ISI conference there. They are expecting upwards of 7-800 men. I will also be speaking at Koke Mill Church on that Sunday for my friend Pastor Stan Summers. For this conference I have been asked to close it out with the main plenary session on the topic, Real Christianity In An Un-real World. This significant message deals with our call to go out and be a light in this darkened world and is a wakeup call for many who struggle with how to make a difference in a world that seems to have gone mad.

As I close let me share some other exciting news. We have just signed a contract with Klik Marketing to help us move our ministry into the growing social media market. Now that our curriculum is nearly completed it is time to go viral, as they say. Please pray about this. While we are starting to get a lot more traction and attention for this resource, there is still much more to do to spread the word. The feedback we are getting from the churches now using this has been wonderful. Many are saying it is the best they have ever encountered and is life-changing.

My friends, all the material we have developed is a culmination of my life’s work over 25 years of full-time ministry. These 60 life-altering sessions have been developed and massaged for probably over 30 years now and represent the very heartbeat of all that God has given me over these years. As I close just a reminder for you of how much we love and appreciate all you do for us. Your prayers and financial help truly are the fuel that keeps us going.

Cindy and I pray God’s richest blessing upon you and your family.

Helping men become Fully Alive—the man God intended,

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February 2016 News

c71afdcf-18c4-4ec2-813b-5525fb6148f6Well, I must say January and the start of this New Year was a bit out-of-the-ordinary. It began with Cindy contracting a cough and some congestion. Whenever that happens to her we of course go into some significant prayer. You may recall that her lungs were seriously compromised back in 2010 due to her life-threatening illness. I am happy to say that it passed and she is doing fine—it did not go far however. She gave it to me.

For me it turned immediately into Pneumonia in my left lung and I have been battling it for the better part of the month. I am happy to report that it looks like I am on the other side now and preparing my first ministry trip coming up on the 5th. For me, though it has been tough, the down time may have been a blessing in disguise. I think sometimes God encourages us to use the inactivity that results as a time to get closer to Him—perhaps to gain a fresh perspective on where He desires to take us. It has been that for me.

On the ministry front three significant things to report. First, through the generous donation of one of our Board members, we entered into a contract with Klik Marketing to take our resources viral. It looks like we have qualified for a huge grant from Google in free software to promote our materials into markets we had never before been able to penetrate. This could be the long awaited answer to prayer we have been seeking. Thank you Pat McGuire for all your hard work in producing and now looking for effective marketing channels for our product.

Next, we are on the home stretch for completing the MOT curriculum sessions and TV programs. I will probably have one or two more full days in studio to complete taping and then, with the final funding needed, we can author and produce the final DVD package. This has been such an exciting process. The completed package is a representation of the core of everything God has given us to share over the past 25 years of ministry. I am overwhelmed to hear from so many around North America who are being blessed by these teachings.

Finally, our event schedule is starting to heat up. I have three significant trips over the next 6 weeks and several more already scheduled into the fall. In addition there are a number of tentative ones we are still negotiating. It looks like our exposure through the TV channels and those now using the curriculum are opening doors for us to do more live events.

In closing let me say again how much Cindy and I appreciate your generous donations to our ministry. We have just signed up for Amazon Smile, which allows all of our supporters to continue giving every time you make an Amazon purchase. All you have to do is click here to be taken to a page that allows you to designate our ministry as your “ministry of choice” to receive a small percentage of everything you purchase. It costs you nothing and if enough people sign up, it could really benefit OTM. Thanks so much for considering this option.

    Cindy and I pray God’s richest blessing upon you and your family.

 

Helping men become Fully Alive—the man God intended,

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Reflections…2015-2016

images2015 was pretty special for On Target Ministries as well as Cindy and I personally. On the personal side we celebrated 25 years of full time ministry and our 50th wedding anniversary.   For the ministry, well, almost too much to report but here are a few of the highlights made possible by your continued support in prayer and giving:

  • Developed all but the final volume of our six volume Men On Target curriculum series
  • Started our second On Target Institute in Monument, Colorado
  • Saw about a dozen new OTI’s spring up throughout the US and in Canada
  • Were blessed by a major endorsement from The Pentecostal Assemblies Of Canada (PAOC) for our new curriculum
  • The National Religious Broadcaster (NRB) channel picked up our On Target TV shows for weekly broadcast

Here is just one of many testimonies from our broadcast:

Your ministry has been a Godsend. I am recently unemployed and your ministry has given me great encouragement during this time. The insights God has gifted you with are life changing and I want to encourage you that your testimony is inspiring, so keep sharing.

I watch the show with my wife and though it is geared to men she gets a lot too. I look forward to sharing these videos with the Men’s ministry in Philly. Thanks for the work you do, and please pray I find employment soon. Be blessed and feel free to contact me. I praise God the NRB has you on!

It has been a good year indeed and all the signs are pointing to an even better one in 2016. We are poised to begin our second curriculum series on Biblical Manhood and begin a strategic marketing initiative that will reach churches throughout North America. We are also encouraged by the growing interest in having us out for live Men’s, Couples and Pastors events.

As we enter this new season I am struck with a profound sense of great excitement mixed with a moderated level of concern. My excitement comes from the awareness that we are children of the living God and He is alive and dwells daily in our midst. My concern stems from the level of frustration with the numbers of Christians who do not experience His presence and are ill-equipped to handle life’s struggles as a result.

It should be clear to everyone that 2016 is an important year for our nation and the body of Christ as well. We are preparing to usher in a new President and numerous important political appointments that will determine the trajectory of our nation for many years, perhaps decades, to come. As Christians entering this important time we MUST have the proper perspective—God’s perspective.

With that in mind I want to close with an important challenge for all of us. Make a determined effort—not resolution—to become the person you know that God is calling you to be. Friends, this is not rocket science. Most of us know full well what God wants us to do but our own stubbornness and the temptations of the world are standing in the way. We MUST NOT allow that to happen—the stakes are too high.

I want you to consider advice from perhaps the wisest person who ever lived—Solomon. He wrote the entire book of Ecclesiastes, whining. He complained about almost every aspect of life and likened it to a chasing after wind. But, at the very end of the book in the last couple of verses he says it all. Please forgive the paraphrase—now that I have done all this whining, everything culminates in these two things. FEAR God…and obey His commands. He then goes on to say, this is the whole duty of man.

Wow! What is he saying? He is calling all of us to FEAR God—that is not cowering in a corner kind of fear—it is a calling to be in AWE of God—to REVERE Him. And then, to simply OBEY His commands. My friend, you can do this but it is going to take two very important commitments on your part to see the fruit.

First—draw near to Him. In James 4:8 it says, draw near to Him…and He will draw near to you. Make a commitment right now to spend more time with God this year. Dedicate yourself and ask Him to help you muster up the discipline you need to read the Word, pray and worship Him every day.

And second, pick an area of obedience to His commands that you are struggling with and determine to conquer it now. We all know the temptations we allow into our lives that are suffocating God’s true purpose. Do not give into the enemy any longer. When Jesus was tempted in that desert His final words to that devil were, Away from me Satan. After saying those words the Bible records that The Devil left Him…and Angels came and attended Him.

My prayer is that you will be committed to these two important ideas and the result will a very blessed and fruitful 2016.

In closing let me say how much Cindy and I appreciate your generous donations to our ministry. We have just signed up for Amazon Smile, which allows all of our supporters to continue giving every time you make an Amazon purchase. All you have to do is click here to be taken to a page that allows you to designate our ministry as your “ministry of choice” to receive a small percentage of everything you purchase. It costs you nothing and if enough people sign up, it could really benefit OTM. Thanks so much for considering this option.

Cindy and I want you to know how much we love and appreciate all you do for our ministry.

            Helping men become Fully Alive—the man God intended,

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December 2015 News (Look What God Did)

FullSizeRenderNovember was one very special month. I do not think Cindy and I have experienced God moving through our ministry this powerfully in a long time. It began on November 6-8 as I had the privilege of ministering in Eureka, California for my friend and soon-to-be new pastor, Jeff Kessenich. I was able to minister to a gathering of local leaders and pastors, a Saturday morning men’s gathering and two Sunday services. God moved powerfully and many lives were greatly impacted for the kingdom.

            Upon arriving back home I had a very quick two-day turn around before Cindy and I left for the NAME Canada national marriage conference in Edmonton, Alberta. That Tuesday before we left I was able to visit some of my old friends from National Coalition of Ministries to Men (NCMM) at their national conference in the Golden area near Denver, Colorado. As many of you may remember, I was one of the original leaders who gathered back in the mid nineties to form this outstanding coalition of men’s ministry leaders from throughout North America.

Though this was a month filled with a strong sense of the presence of God, nothing would compare to what we experienced in Canada.

            This was the third time we were invited to speak at this strategic national conference in Edmonton. Jack and Simone Winnicky, our dear friends and the directors for NAME Canada were our host and what we experienced there was one of the strongest moves of God in our ministry. There were nearly four hundred in attendance and we were able to see 12-15 people come to a saving knowledge of our Lord. One couple actually asked Jesus into their lives together.

            There were also numbers of testimonies of marriages that were ready to dissolve only to see them make renewed commitments to stay together. The atmosphere was electric, the people so needy and the power of God so obviously present. Let me say here that nothing makes you feel so good as to be a part of what God is doing in the lives of others. To know that Cindy and I had some role God allowed us to have in this kind of transformation is so humbling.

            One incredible story was from a man and woman who recently moved to Edmonton but were officially separated. It looked like there was no hope as alcohol had been a major contributor to their apparent breakup. The husband told us he was in his car when a radio announcer mentioned a contest whose prize were two free tickets to this very conference. He told us he pulled over to the side of the road, called in, and he won.        

            Not sure what to do next he decided to call his now estranged wife and—as he put it—give it a shot. Although she was convinced this was over she told us she decided to kick the cat one more time—a Canadian expression I think. Well, they came. Near the end of the conference they approached Cindy and I and told us there story and how God had led them to re-commit to each other. They even stood up to the applause of the audience as we shared their story.

Not sure what to do next he decided to call his now estranged wife and—as he put it—give it a shot. Although she was convinced this was over she told us she decided to kick the cat one more time—a Canadian expression I think

            Dear ones this was just one of many such testimonies we had the privilege to hear. On the Sunday following this three-day conference the host church asked me to speak and I shared Cindy’s story and the miracle healing God brought about back in 2010. There was a man in the audience who had just laid his wife of 38 years to rest a few days earlier. At one point in my message I mentioned that many people have asked me if my take-away from the experience would have been any different had our Lord taken Cindy home. My answer is always the same, NO.

            Well, apparently that remark really ministered to this man as he emailed me shortly after the service to tell me how much my message meant to him. Another example of how God worked so powerfully through our ministry in Canada.

            Now, having shared all of that, I need to tell you that this incredible ministry experience came with a price. I often tell people that ministering from the platform has some unique nuances associated with it. There are times when I have spoken 10-15 times within days with lots of gas left over—and then there are times when I might bring one or two messages and finish an emotional mess. I think I know why this happens. When you speak as often as I do you get a sense for where your audience may be spiritually. The more needy they may be—the more you sense it and tend to run very high on the adrenaline meter.

            This was the case here and it took me days to figure out what was wrong with me. When Cindy and I arrived home I was emotional—I was distant and found myself crying for no reason. Yet, at the same time I also felt very fulfilled after what God had just done. We had an invitation to drive to California to be with our daughter Kim’s family for Thanksgiving but I was unsure if I wanted to go. After going back and forth for what seemed like an eternity, we both decided to pack up the dog and head out.

            I am so glad we did. From the early moments of the morning we left I began to feel so much better. In fact, I am writing this letter to you from their home here in Temecula and am looking forward to our drive back in just a few days. Needless to say, we had an eventful and spiritually dynamic month. As I conclude let me say just a couple of very important things. First, as we head into December please consider helping us with a generous year-end gift. As you may know, December is the month each year where we rely almost totally on year-end giving.

            The good news is that our first quarter of 2016 is beginning to fill up and we are excited about what God is going to bring. And finally, here is an update on the completion of our Men On Target curriculum. We have raised the necessary funds to get about 70% of the project finished. However, we are still in need of some significant major gifts to bring this critical project to the finish line. The good news is that early reports indicate this may be one of the best disciple-making curriculums in our nation today.

            Here is a practical way you may be able to help. Consider that we have about 20 sessions left to complete and package. This would represent the last two of the 6-volume set. It takes about $1,000.00 per session to complete the project minus some miscellaneous expenses. Would you prayerfully consider sponsoring one or more of these?

            In a couple of weeks Cindy will be sending out our Christmas TargetPoint—let me tell you I have read some of what she has so far and really believe it is going to minister to you—be on the lookout.

Cindy and I want you to know how much we love and appreciate all you do for our ministry.

            Helping men become Fully Alive—the man God intended,

            Vince D’Acchioli

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November 2015 News

ThanksgivingCornucopia_BlogPhoto            October was a great month on many fronts. It began with a new start up for On Target Institute in the Monument, Colorado area. My Racquetball buddy and good friend, Pastor Mike Jiles, asked me to do an OTI Tuesday morning gathering to help disciple the men of his church. The River Church has been around for about 7 years now and has always had a vision for reaching the lost. As a result, Mike boasts that about 80% of his congregants did not attend church before. We began with about a dozen guys and so far it has been well received. I am so proud to be a part of what is going on here at The River.

            On the 24th I had the privilege of speaking at a local men’s retreat for Ridgeline Community Church in Castle Rock, Colorado. The event took place at the Ponderosa Campground, which is literally a five-minute drive from my home. We had a great time with this wonderful group of men as I unpacked their theme, Mission Impossible.

            The first session was Mission Family and dealt with a man and his wife and family. Then we brought a strong message on Mission Work dealing with how Christian men need to view work from God’s perspective. After that I dealt with Mission Team unpacking the importance of building lasting friendships and surrounding ourselves with positive role models. The final session was titled Mission Possible and here I helped men understand that without an intimate relationship with God it truly is an impossible mission.

            In October I also had the privilege of taping eight half-hour TV shoes for Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt. Chaps, as they call him, has a half-hour daily show that airs on the NRB Network titles, Praying In Jesus Name. We taped two series. The first was on marriage—click here for a commercial. The second series was titled Real Christianity In An Un-real World and dealt with the struggle we have as Christians trying to influence a world that is rapidly heading in the wrong direction. Both of these series will air sometime after the first of the year. I will keep you posted.

            Finally, I was also able to complete volume five of our six-volume Men On Target video curriculum. We only have one more to go but really need help in raising the rest of the funding to get this completed. To date over half of the funding is in but another 15,000 is needed to wrap it up and get it to market. We now have about a half-dozen churches and men’s groups who have started the series and the early reports are amazing. I am convinced this will become our signature work and is the culmination of over 25 years of ministry development.

            As we head into November we have a very busy schedule. Please pray for me as I head to Eureka, California for a Pastors gathering, Saturday morning men’s event and Sunday services. I get back and have a one-day turnaround before Cindy and I fly to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are expecting 1200 people at this international NAME Canada conference.

            During the turn around I will have an opportunity to visit all my old friends at the NCMM conference taking place here in the Flat Irons area of North Denver. Please pray that these national and international men’s ministry leaders will come and be blessed and recharged for the battles that lie ahead.

Cindy and I want you to know that we love and appreciate all you do for our ministry.

            Helping men become Fully Alive—the man God intended,

 

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October 2105 News

IMG_4274In my last letter to you titled CROSShairs & CROSSroads, I outlined some exciting ministry that is happening and also shared some unique financial challenges that are before us. Cindy and I want to thank you for the positive response from so many who offered to pray for us and for those who were able to help us financially. I have often shared how lonely it can be when you are involved in a ministry like ours but it is so special for us to know that so many of you truly believe in what God is doing through our efforts.
 
As I write to you today Cindy and I are in Temecula, California spending time with our daughter, Kim and her family. There have been a number of meetings and speaking opportunities here and we plan to travel back home around the 6th of October. While here I have had a couple of strategic meetings with local pastors and traveled up to Tehachapi for a city-wide men’s gathering and breakfast meeting with their local men’s ministry leadership team.

They had their biggest gathering ever for this recurring Tuesday night meeting—over 100 men from age 13 to 80. I shared my story and closed with a challenge for them to truly become The Man God Intended. In closing I asked men who had never acknowledged Jesus as their Lord and Savior to do so. There were 14 men who gave their hearts to our Lord.

In closing I asked men who had never acknowledged Jesus as their Lord and Savior to do so. There were 14 men who gave their hearts to our Lord.

On my way back to Temecula I also had the opportunity to meet with our dear friend and former pastor, Danny Carroll, from Water Of Life church. It was wonderful to see the great things God is doing there as they are nearing completion of their new sanctuary. We are also very blessed to hear about the feedback we are getting from their men as they began using our new curriculum series a couple of months ago.

My Grandson Parker had asked me to speak to his high school youth group which took place on the evening of my return. There were about 20 kids in attendance at a neighbor’s back yard. After they had a time of worship and some Bible reading I talked with them about what the Lord has been doing in my life lately drawing me to spend extended quality time with Him early in the morning. I keyed on the importance in their lives of spending private alone time with Him. I also shared on the subject of understanding our motives in our relationships—are we ministering or manipulating? They were very attentive and actually gave me an ovation at the end. Being with these young people eager for Jesus was so encouraging.

Before I left I gave them a final challenge to become the generation that will be known for bridge-building. I encouraged them to not fall into the trap and lie that would have them isolate themselves from older generations and to work hard to understand, appreciate and learn from those that have gone before them. We are desperate for this in our nation today.

Before I left I gave them a final challenge to become the generation that will be known for bridge-building

October/November is really shaping up for us with four key events. First, I have a men’s retreat near the Monument area for Ridgeline Community Church in Castle Rock, Colorado. Then I am headed for Eureka, California for a men’s event and Sunday services. A soon as I return I will be attending the National Coalition for Ministry to Men (NCMM) conference in Denver. Literally the closing day of that event Cindy and I travel to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to be main speakers for the NAME Canada national marrieds’ conference. This will be our third invitation to speak at this wonderful conference hosted by our dear friends, Jack and Simone Winnicky.

On another front, Pat McGuire, our video producer, is working hard at getting more airtime for our TV programs and we are getting a lot more traction with churches and denominations who are interested in adopting our curriculum. I had a very encouraging phone meeting with the general superintendent of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) the other day and he agreed to feature our materials to all of his district leaders at their annual conference in November. This is very important for us as we have had such a close relationship with this denomination going back some 15 plus years.

Finally, more good news out of Canada as an old friend and associate from years ago, Brian Pipe, has volunteered to work for us to further our expansion throughout Canada. Brian was a former Canadian board member for us and also worked with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and PK Canada to bring us up there for pastor conferences ahead of local Promise Keeper events in the past. Please pray that God really blesses Brian’s efforts as he partners with our Canadian board member, Casey Moroschan, in advancing our efforts there.

 

Cindy and I want you to know that we love and appreciate all you do for our ministry.

Helping men become Fully Alive—the man God intended,

Vince D’Acchioli

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CROSShairs & CROSSroads (September News)

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An urgent message from Vince and Cindy

Let me start by saying this may be the most important message in the history of our ministry. It is also at the same time both challenging and exciting. First, the exciting part—while on the phone recently with a regional men’s ministry leader and dear friend, I was sharing some of the difficulties we were facing at OTM. While I am paraphrasing a little here, he said something like this: You know Vince, hardly a day goes by where someone in this area does not come up to me and say, have you seen that last article that Vince sent out? Or, did you watch that new video? Vince, On Target is having more impact today than at any time in your history—you should not be struggling.

When I got off the phone with this dear man—someone I called to coach and encourage—it was obvious he was blessing and encouraging me at a time I needed it most—I actually wept. Then, in the space of less than a week, I had several others say similar things. Also one of our board members encouraged me to find a young person to mentor and possibly pass on the ministry to with the idea that God may want us to prepare for passing the baton rather than just fading into the sunset.

Another leader said that he has never seen a website with as much content as ours, and that the amount of ministry that is already happening as a result is so refreshing. Still others have been indicating the exceptional quality and deep ministry impact of our new video curriculum and leadership training. All these comments and thoughts have touched me deeply. So at this point you might be asking—where is the challenge?

The challenge is the same one that most ministries are facing these days—sustainability. The financial realities for us are making it almost impossible to continue. My sense is that we are experiencing a spiritual battle that is putting us squarely in the enemy’s crosshairs, while at the same time needing to be wise in understanding our future direction at this crossroad season.

If we are following our Lord’s leading here it should not surprise anyone that there is a spiritual battle going on. The enemy has us in his crosshairs and does not like to see men whose lives are being transformed. So, I know there is a spiritual component here and feel confident because we are addressing that before God in prayer. On the other side—the crossroad element is something we need to be wise in understanding and working through as a practical matter.

Let me give you a little back-story here. From 2008 through 2012 we experienced some of the most difficult times in our family and ministry life. Through what we believe was a clear calling from God our ministry, funded primarily through gifts from our family, opened the restaurant and banquet center called The Place. We believed that this important project was going to become a ministry leadership training center funded by a powerful community service business. A year later the financial crunch hit and we literally lost everything including most of our retirement. That was followed by a couple of years of deep trial as we lost Cindy’s mom, one of our closest friends, our dear 15 year old dog, and most severe—the loss of our daughter’s full term baby girl 24 hours before delivery.

On the heels of all that Cindy then contracted the life threatening illness that hospitalized her for five months—most of the time in ICU. You may recall that she was given NO chance to survive yet our gracious Lord chose to save here. That was an incredible journey culminating with an incredible miracle. Then, in 2013 we accepted an invitation from our friend Pastor Danny Carroll, to become Executive Pastor of Water Of Life Church in Fontana California. The thought was to keep the ministry going on a part-time basis while serving in this important assignment.

While we enjoyed the opportunity and being close to our California family, it became evident that God was not through with OTM and we were to move back and re-launch our ministry.

Having rehearsed all of that you now need to hear this very clearly—THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT GOD WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL OF THIS AND HE HAS USED IT TO STRENGTHEN AND PREPARE US FOR THE BATTLE YET TO COME.

So, here is our reality and dilemma—as I look at the years leading up to 2008 I see a financial support level that was ten times what we are bringing in today. I also recognize that on the flip side we are delivering a depth of life-changing ministry that far exceeds what we were doing then. Let me say here that if it were not for the incredible artistry, support and patience of Pat McGuire, our video producer, and Tony Scialdone, our web designer, we would not be here.

Ok, so here is the take away from all this and how you can help. While I recognize the spiritual battle we are in, I am confident that through prayer we will defeat our enemy. However, there are also some very practical reasons why we find ourselves where we are. With all the struggles we experienced over those years the focus upon the ministry was severely compromised. Not cultivating our donor base and the resulting slow down in traveling and ministry exposure has made it difficult to rebound.

Our biggest need right now is to generate more monthly support. We are several thousand dollars under our needed budget for just basic support. Because of some generous major gifts we have been able to keep the video and web projects going but unable to sustain support for Cindy and me.

WE ARE REQUESTING SERIOUSLY BEFORE THE LORD THAT YOU PLEASE CONSIDER COMMITTING TO HELPING US IN TWO WAYS:

  • First, would you consider a monthly donation—no amount is too small—for at least one year? If you are already giving consider helping us by encouraging others to learn more about OTM by visiting our site and becoming a partner.
  • Second, join with us in concerted and sustained prayer to overcome the spiritual battle in which we find ourselves.

Finally, let me say this. I am not a good fundraiser—in fact, I shy away as much as I can—don’t like it. Having said that I can honestly tell you that my reluctance has been completely overcome by the reality of what our ministry efforts are producing in the lives of men, couples and Pastors. I am aware that both CROSShairs and CROSSroads have one thing in common—we can never forget that.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support.

Helping men become Fully Alive—the man God intended,

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August 2015 News (A Special Update From Vince)

MWP            This is the first time in our history that I did not send our regular newsletter out. Last month, because of the historic Supreme Court decision on Gay marriage, I decided to forgo our regular letter in order to write an important article addressing the state of our culture. If you missed the TargetPoint titled God…No God, you can find it on our blog or read it here. The follow up article, Turning Wrongs Into Rights can be found here.

If you missed the TargetPoint titled God…No God, you can find it on our blog or read it here

            As many of you know, last month Cindy and I celebrated our 50th anniversary. Our kids in California treated us to ten days at a beautiful condo in Hawaii on Poi Pou Point earlier in June. We had a wonderful time and the Lord blessed us with some much needed down time and rest. During the last part of June and through July I was able to complete about a dozen in-studio teaching sessions and 6 TV programs for our show now airing on the NRB Network.

            Last month I had the honor of speaking at the Men With A Purpose luncheon here in Colorado Springs for my friend Dwight Johnson. We had a prestigious group of local business and ministry leaders in attendance. The Lord gave me an important message dealing with the recent Supreme Court decision and helping us to better understand where we have been, how we arrived at where we are and what we need to consider as an appropriate response as Christian men in the marketplace.

            I also had the opportunity to meet with the Pastor and men’s leadership team at Ridgeline Community Church in Castle Rock, Colorado for a session on how to develop an effective ministry to men within the local church. I will be the speaker for their men’s retreat in October.

My friend we are living in some exciting times. The changes occurring in our world are happening faster than anyone could anticipate. It is a reminder to me of the critical nature of our call to raise up men who will become all that God intended. I am deeply humbled that God is using OTM to reach out and make a difference in this important season.

The changes occurring in our world are happening faster than anyone could anticipate

            In keeping with this theme and understanding the urgency of our time, I want to share an important link with you to a message given by our pastor last Sunday. You can watch the video here or visit Woodmen Valley Chapel’s website. Pastor Josh did an amazing job of calling all of us—as a church body—to take seriously our responsibility to live out an authentic Christian life before our kids and grandkids. What we do now has tremendous generational implications.

            His message is also right in line with what we are doing with the development of our OTI curriculum. I have never felt a stronger sense of urgency regarding preparing the people of God as I do today. There is a sense in which Christians across our nation almost seem like they are walking in a cloud. We are stuck in a business-as-usual mode and God is calling us out. We can ill afford to miss His call. He is looking for people who are going to get serious about their relationship with Him.

            Dear ones we desperately need a fresh sense of God’s perspective. But, I am reminded of the word He gave to me many years ago—you will never have a better understanding of My perspective until you first experience a greater awareness of My presence. The call for us today is best summed up in James 4:8, Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

You will never have a better understanding of My perspective until you first experience a greater awareness of My presence

            As we move forward let us recommit to God’s call on each of our lives. Ask Him where you fit in His overall plan to reach our dying world and dedicate yourself to whatever it takes to engage with His vision for your life.

            In closing please consider praying for us this month as we have an important board meeting and our annual Golf Tournament event coming up. Thanks to the dedicated and skillful help of our producer, Pat McGuire, we are closing in on the completion of the Men On Target curriculum production. When this is done we will start our next series on The Five C’s Of Biblical Manhood. I am excited but also mindful that we cannot do this without your prayers and financial support.

So please bring these points of prayer to the Lord on our behalf:

  • Pray that our Golf fundraiser will produce the necessary resources to help us through the rest of our summer season.
  • Pray for the 20-30 thousand dollars necessary to complete the Men On Target curriculum—this series is already launched in many churches and producing some amazing results.
  • Pray that our NRB TV program blesses many and leads to more invitations to minister.
  • Although our Fall season is beginning to fill up we still need more bookings for events—pray for our Fall and Winter season to fill in.

            We love and appreciate all you do for our ministry.

            Helping men become Fully Alive—the man God intended,

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June Newsletter 2015

New Web Picture          EXTRA-EXTRA-EXTRA—HUGE NEWS. Our brand new website is officially launching as of this writing. Please know that it is still under construction but most of the important new features are working. Please go to www.otm.co and look around. I would like to ask you to also please pass this link on to everyone you know and encourage them to take a look as well. Especially exciting is our new On Target Institute section showing the new video curriculum now available through on line membership or DVD’s.

            As part of our strategic new On Target Ministries re-launch we knew that our web site needed a fresh new look. Tony Scialdone, our web site designer, has been helping us for many years and the original site still gets lots of compliments. However, he really out did himself on this one. Let me explain just a couple of important and exciting new features, which we believe will have a tremendous impact.

Please subscribe to our new weekly Live Stream under On Target Institute

            First you will notice a whole new look designed to take advantage of how people surf the web differently today. Because so many are doing work on mobile devices, new sites have to be designed for scrolling rather than the old way which involved clicking—may seem like a small thing but mobile users will have a lot more fun with this one.

            Another important change is occurring in our online store where people can now join OTM as members. Membership allows people to have access to our resources at a greatly reduced price as we are now able to move our curriculum into their environments electronically. This is a big step forward for us. Please take some time to visit the new storefront and look around. More important—please encourage others to become members and take advantage of our new resources. They can also purchase memberships and pass them on as gifts to their friends.

Please encourage others to become members and take advantage of our new resources

            In the new Video section we have some of the best messages and promos we have produced over the years for people to experience our ministry. There is also a very powerful half hour Significant Living TV program in the bio area that tells our life story. In addition, there is a place where our new weekly TV programs will be featured.

            Perhaps the biggest change is happening as we feature the On Target Institute—our new OTI curriculum, weekly Live Stream video sessions and downloadable resources for men. As you can tell by now, I am pretty hyped up about all this. In over 20 years of ministry at OTM we have never had this level of quality in our product development and marketing.

            Dear ones please hear my heart—this is legacy stuff for our ministry. What we now have is the ability to take the very best of what God has given us and place it into a format that will live on long after I am gone. Thanks to the incredible and ongoing work of Pat McGuire, our video producer, and Tony Scialdone, our web master, we have some of the very best disciple-making resources out there today for men.

            I also want to again thank Casey and Sharon Moroschan and Frank and Bonnie Martin for their generous contributions which have made this possible. We are now at a total of over 35,000 raised out of a budget of 60,000. So, the point of prayer now is for God to lead us to the resources that will get us to the total package being completed.

We are now at a total of over 35,000 raised out of a budget of 60,000

            I should also note that we are probably only a few months away from resources flowing as the result of churches and others using our products and gaining exposure though the various TV and social media channels that are picking us up. I really believe that we will see a time very soon where these resources will develop a self-sufficient financial base that will allow us to produce and pass on a lot of other exciting resources.

            As I close I want to say again what I said up front—we really need your help—RIGHT NOW—to pass this on. PLEASE CONSIDER PEOPLE, CHURCHES, ORGANIZATIONS, MEN’S GROUPS AND OTHERS YOU KNOW TO FORWARD THIS INFORMATION.

            Remember that word-of-mouth advertising is the very best kind. Your endorsement of what God is doing here is the most precious and cherished gift we have. Cindy and I want you to know how much we love and appreciate you and how much we know God is using your prayers and financial help to make all of this possible.

            Helping men become the Man God Intended…one man at a time,