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Greetings all,

This is a rather difficult letter for me to write. I don’t usually ask for help for myself –I tend to think of myself as offering help to others, not asking for it for myself. But I must admit that this is one of those moments where if I don’t ask for help I will have no one but myself to blame for not getting it.

As you may know people have been asking for prayers on my behalf these last few days. Indeed, I am facing some difficult situations. Perhaps most importantly I have been quite exhausted. I have been working hard for months on the World of Witches Museum here in Salem, and even more so these last few weeks as the October season crested. My health has suffered somewhat from stress and overwork, but I had thought I would be able to rest in November and recover a bit –so far that has not been the case however. Persistent swelling in my legs has left me increasingly dependant upon my cane, and has really raised a question as to whether I may be having cardiac issues in addition to my arthritis and other mobility issues. I simply do not have the energy or stamina I once had, and I need your prayers and am grateful for those I am receiving.

Truly though, I need more than prayers. I have a rather large hurdle ahead of me if I wish to maintain the World of Witches Museum that I have spent these past months building. Although the Museum has done well, it came with a good bit of back debt and I am finding this difficult to overcome. In the immediate future I have a balloon payment due of $2600 and I must make this payment as soon as possible. This is the last of a series of $2600 balloon payments (covering back rent owed from before I became involved here) that I have been making on a weekly basis throughout October –but unfortunately this one has been more than I have been able to manage. This is only one of many financial hurdles I must clear in coming weeks if I wish to survive here, (not least of which is the sudden need for a new place to live) but I believe that with a little help I can overcome all of this and continue on with what I feel is a significant work.

The World of Witches Museum is not only an excellent interface to educate the public about our religion –it is also the only place in the world that celebrates the personalities of the contemporary Pagan movement. Certainly other museums have sections on modern Witchcraft and Paganism –but no museum that I know of has exhibits of contemporary leaders like Selena Fox, Zsuzsanna Budapest, or Oberon Zell. At World of Witches the contemporary Pagan movement is not dealt with as an abstraction, but as a human movement with human faces. I really hope to be able to continue this project to its completion, and see it as a permanent institution.

I find the situation especially frustrating because the Museum has been doing well. If it weren’t for the balloon payments the Museum would have done very well in October. Indeed, one or two more heavy traffic days would have made all the difference in the world –but the heavy traffic days were not nearly as numerous as hoped for this October.

In the future I am hoping to even things out with online sales and special products –like the Witch City Expo DVD I have just completed. I feel that the future for World of Witches is very bright –I just have to get there.

People often tell me that if every Witch School student or Correllian Tradition member would each give $1 that financially we would be in wonderful shape –and that is certainly true. Unfortunately it has never worked that way –I can barely imagine the difference it would make if every person really did give just that $1! Over the years many people have been very generous –and a few have been extremely generous- and I am very grateful for everyone who helps and has helped. Truly your love and support has many times renewed my spirit when times were rough. But if every person actually gave just $1 it would change everything.

The story of the last 20 years of my life has often been one of being “so close and yet so far” but in this instance it is more the case than ever before. If I succeed here I feel that the Museum will be something of a crowning achievement –an educational attraction with a year-round appeal in a city universally connected with Witchcraft in the public mind. But failure here may well leave me unable to move forward in any other direction. It is, in short, a “do or die” situation as I see it.

So I am hopeful that at this time, when in many ways my need is greater than ever, that you will help me. Send that $1. Send what you can. I am grateful for any assistance. Help can be sent to my paypal account (DonLewisHP@yahoo.com) or to me directly at Don Lewis c/o World of Witches Museum at 57 Wharf St, Salem, MA 01970.

Thank you and may you blessed be
Rev. Don

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Comment by Rev.Aphrodite on November 4, 2010 at 11:50pm
May you be blessed and receive all that you need and much much much more!!!
Comment by Magickal Hummingbyrd on November 5, 2010 at 2:44am
♥)O(♥ Profoundly Revered & Cherished & Loved Rev. Don Lewis High~Correll ! ♥)O(♥



I Am Doing Everything In My Power To Alert *Everyone* To Your Currently Dire Situation & Needs In Salem & To Also Alert Them To The Many "Strange & Ominous Persons & Powers" Invoking Harm Towards You! ~~~ My Own Witch School Group Has Your Needs & Situation Well Posted In Discussion & In Many Comments!


Before You Gave Your Personal Donation Info ~ I Donated $50 To You Today ~Through The Front Page Donation
Button On The Left~Side Of The Correllian.Com Site! ~~~ It Concerned Me A Bit To See That My Donation Went To A Mike Neal & Not Directly To YOU! I Wanted To See YOUR Name On My PayPal Receipt! ~~~ You Need About $3000 Dollars By The Monday Deadline Or Else You May Loose The World Of Witches Museum Etc! ~~~
I Hope That Mike Neal Knows This & Sends You My {& Others} Donations To You *Immediately!*


From Now On I Will Send My Monthy Donations Directly To Your Personal PayPal Account Using Your Personal Email: DonLewisHP@yahoo.com ~~~ Please Always Keep This Information Posted In Plain Sight For ALL!


Myself & My Goddesses Are Sending You Prosperity ~ Protection ~ Healing & Joyfull Blessings Your Way! ~~~ Candles Annointed & Enchanted With Healing & Protective & Prosperous Intent For ALL Levels of Your Being & Your LIFE! ~~~ I Cannot Bear To See You Suffer!!! ~~~ Please Always Communicate To Me/Us How You Are Doing & What Your Needs Are! ~~~ ♥ "In Perfect Love & Perfect Trust!" ♥ ~~~ {{{Many Warm Healing HUGZS!}}} ♥



♥Bountiful Ambrosial Divine Honey~Comb Intoxicated Buzzing Blessed Bees Of Goddess Aradia!♥



♥)O(♥ ~~~ Magickal Hummingbyrd ~~~ ♥)O(♥ </:-)
Comment by Aja Moonstone on November 5, 2010 at 10:04am
Thank you Rev Don, We are continually praying for you and sending money and energy to you, may you forever blessed be
Comment by Rune Relic on November 5, 2010 at 10:25am
If I had the money and the means of sending you more than what you'd need I would. Believe me Rev. Don. But for now I sent you $10. I hope it really does help you. And as I wrote, know that all will be well. Blessed be and know you're in my prayers.
Comment by Thundercloud on November 5, 2010 at 10:36am
Rev.Don, we hope our donation will help save the Museum. We donated on the Correllian site, I hope thats okay. Our support, love, energy, and blessings are with you. Thundercloud.
Comment by Aja Moonstone on November 5, 2010 at 12:36pm
I donated to the Correllian site as well with a message that it was for you, and and continuing donations.
Comment by WillowMyst on November 5, 2010 at 1:23pm
I wonder if Witch school ever got the money for those bracelet fundraisers? http://www.witchschool.com/forum/topics/fundraiser-for-wsi?id=27386... That's the link to the page. I know i donated money to that to get a bracelet...still haven't gotten it, but hopefully WS got the money....
Comment by MoonDove Starfyre on November 5, 2010 at 4:41pm
Rev. Don, you are in my thoughts and prayers... I hope that all goes well soon.
Blessed Be,
MoonDove.
Comment by osirus on November 5, 2010 at 8:13pm
perhaps a corporate restructure will help.
Comment by Riana Giammarco on November 5, 2010 at 8:49pm
Once my checks clear and I see exactly how much I have in the bank, I'll be sending a donation-- now, it may actually only be the 1$, because I am a single mom working only part time, but I'll do what I can for you, Rev. Don, as soon as I possibly can. I hope everyone else also steps up. Also I will continue my prayers for you. Blessed Be, Don.

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