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Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking with one of our members on the phone and was completely humbled by her story. She told me that even though she does not visit Atheist Nexus as much as she used to, she wanted me to know that her life was forever changed by us.
A few years ago, she acknowledged her nonbelief and left the church she attended nearly her entire life. As many of you know, this is quite traumatic, and she felt all alone.
By searching Google, she discovered there were online social networks and joined them all. In particular, she thanked me for keeping Nexus for nontheists only and appreciated how we demand civility (something rare online). She told me that our members did not make her feel stupid for asking questions we have all heard dozens of times. She said that we filled the void left by her friends and family. We all helped her become comfortable in her new life, and she was happy to discover that other Nexus members lived nearby. It could have been hyperbole, but she said we saved her life. Like I said, I was very humbled.
Next, she apologized for not visiting Nexus as much as she did in the past, and I told her that I understood. One of Nexus' greatest strengths has been our greatest weakness. We help many people recover from their pasts life of religion, and then when they learn to walk, they do not need us as much. So, I completely understood.
Assuming that our conversation was coming to a close, I thanked her again for being so kind. However, before she would let me go, she chewed me out. She said that she feared I was getting too comfortable. Hundreds of new people join Nexus every year who are in her same situation. Whether I was aware or not, we are still changing peoples' life. She told me that it was irresponsible of me to not request financial support for Nexus as often as I should. I started to explain that since I used to be a minister, I always feel uncomfortable asking for money, but she cut me off. She said, and I quote, "Get the hell over it. People need Atheist Nexus."
So with all due respect, here I am, hat in hand. There are three ways you can help Nexus.
1. GoFundMe Campaign
We have now passed 40% in our GoFundMe campaign without me having to hassle you about it. Please donate and help us reach our goal.
2. Membership Upgrades
No matter what, basic membership at Atheist Nexus will always remain free. To help me do that, please consider upgrading your Atheist Nexus membership. You can do so for as little as $3 a month.
3. Amazon Purchases
Here’s a free way you can help out. Every time you make a purchase at Amazon, please use this link. Nexus will get a small percentage, and it will not cost you a penny more.
Thank you so much,
PS. When I ask the woman discussed above if I could communicate her story, she gave me her permission with two conditions. First, she did not want me to mention her name. Second, she wanted me to tell you that she works in a service industry and struggles to pay her own bills. She is not wealthy and has never donated more than $50 to Atheist Nexus. I would like to add that this is true with nearly everyone who has ever given to Nexus. And that my friends, is also very humbling.
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