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Can buying a book really change a life?

Yvonne Heinrichs, Kindred Productions resource project manager, would be the first to tell you it’s not only possible, it’s happening – through the Kindred Spirits Rewards Program (KSRP).

Since its birth in March 2008, KSRP has been supporting various resource development initiatives for local and international church ministries.

Whenever a book or Christian resource is purchased through Kindred Productions, 10 percent of that purchase value is earned as credit which can be allocated to a registered church or a KSRP ministry partner. These credits are kept on reserve to purchase future resources.

“It’s all about relationships between Kindred Productions and the churches/mission agencies,” says Heinrichs.

This partnership is what Heinrichs and her staff find most exciting about the KSRP program. Not only does the buyer receive their product but the designated church/ministry partner receives as well. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved and lives are changed as a result.

The children’s ministry pastor at Fort Garry MB Church, Winnipeg, reaped the benefits of KSRP this past summer. She discovered approximately $450 in KSRP credits that could be used towards the purchase of VBS materials/resources, covering almost half of their costs. She will use future KSRP credits to purchase Gather Round curriculum materials for Fort Garry’s Sunday school programs.

Other KSRP-registered churches have used credits to purchase a variety of resource materials for small group ministries, baptism/communion programs, daughter/sister churches, local outreach ministries, and MBMS International programs.

At press time, KSRP had 43 registered churches and mission agencies, listed at www.kindredproductions.com/kindred_spirits/. Any church or mission agency can register through Kindred Productions to become a KSRP-registered member for a one-time fee of $29.95.

—Canadian Conference of MB Churches

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