Includes ministry highlights, reader testimonials, a financial snapshot, and prayer requests.
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Quarterly Ministry Update
Dear Friend,

After six months of tireless work behind the scenes, we are excited to announce the release of our brand new ministry website at

This project ended up taking more time and tenacity than we could have ever anticipated, yet we are confident that it has been well worth the effort.

Our website is now operating on a fully optimized and secure server, which means that our load-times should improve. Faster loading webpages means people will stay on our site longer and enjoy our free content without frustration.

Not only is our new website pretty to look at, but it's also built on one of the fastest, most lightweight themes available. On top of that, we've customized our layout for mobile use and utilized some of the most cutting-edge design tools available.

And finally, we migrated all of our Bible Studies to a new e-mail delivery system.

The company we are working with has some of the best e-mail delivery rates in the industry, and we are excited to know that more of our free Bible study e-mails will be landing in inboxes (rather than spam folders).

This new e-mail system will allow us to better track our e-mails, understand our subscribers, and customize our Bible studies to meet the needs of our community.

And this huge system upgrade would not have been possible without the consistent giving of our monthly donors. It is because of your faithful support that we have the confidence to invest in systems that will improve the quality of what we can offer to our readers.

For the past several years, I've felt like we were building mansions out of toothpicks making the most of the limited resources we had available to us.

Now, for the first time, I feel like we have a solid foundation of good technology to streamline and optimize the process of delivering digital content to our readers.

Revelation 21:6b says, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty, I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life." (NIV)

Give without cost from the spring of living waters! That’s our mission at Living by Design Ministries.

We exist to offer free online resources to anyone and everyone who desires to draw nearer to God through personal Bible study.

And I am totally geeking out at all the growth potential we now have as a ministry equipped to share our uplifting, biblical message with internet users.

Praise the Lord for His abundant provision!

I look forward to sharing ministry highlights, reader testimonials, a financial snapshot, and prayer requests with you in this quarterly newsletter.

If you have any questions or would like more information on any of the topics discussed in this e-mail, please don't hesitate to contact our team at

Sarah Koontz
President, Living by Design Ministries

Reader Testimonial
This ministry is an amazing outreach to women of all walks of life. It is all beautifully done with passion and love for women and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Sarah Koontz pours her heart and soul into this ministry that provides Bible studies for free so that all women who desire to know Jesus on a personal level can access to them.

There isn’t anything I wouldn’t recommend about Living by Design Ministries!

Their free resources are just so well doneput together with a goal of helping all women have a closer walk with God.

Thank you, Sarah Koontz and everyone who is a part of this ministry.

You are all amazing and beautiful people with hearts for Jesus and every aspect of this ministry shows just how passionate and sincere you are!

It is a blessing to be a part of something so awesome.

- Charlee

Prayer Requests for Living by Design Ministries
Website Relaunch: Please pray that the transition continues to go smoothly and ask for divine protection from any technology glitches and/or website crashes. Also, pray that the great amount of effort our team has put into reworking the website has measurable benefits when it comes to site speed, navigation, and usability.

Shop for a Good Cause Fundraiser: It's nearly time for our fall fundraiser! Our team fully recognizes that God is our provider and trust Him to lead and direct all our fundraising efforts. He knows our financial needs and has already provided a way for us to accomplish all that He has asked of us (and will continue to ask of us in 2020). Please pray for endurance, wisdom, and humility as we seek to honor God, not just in our service, but also in the way we invite others to partner with us in this great work.

Guest Post Submissions: We will be inviting guest writers to submit articles for consideration from November 1-15. We will then be reading through the articles and prayerfully considering which ones to publish on the Living by Design blog in early 2020. Please ask God to help our team spread the word about this opportunity and lead the right people to write and submit articles. God is the only One who intimately knows the needs of our readers, and we are asking Him to guide and direct this process.

Winter Bible Study: Pray for Sarah Koontz as she continues researching and writing our next free Bible study. Ask God to protect her physically, emotionally, and spiritually throughout this process. The next few months will be very demanding for Sarah as we relaunch the website, organize and run a major fundraiser, complete her current seminary class, and prepare our next study for release in January 2020. Pray for insight, wisdom, and direction as she studies the Word and compiles the truths she learns into helpful resources for our community. Also pray for discernment as she seeks to honor God with her time, talents, and treasures.

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