Creating the future

Oct 27, 2016 | Missionary Care, New Wine: The future, Thriving

So yesterday I posted Roni Pruitt’s recap of the 2016 Mission Nexus conference.

She said that “how to finance missions will require creative thinking in the future.”

 

This is a topic of particular interest to me.

We have coached and encouraged quite a few prospective missionaries as they have endeavored to raise support.

Very rarely have they been upbeat.

Very rarely have they been completely optimistic.

Very rarely have they seen their support come in quickly and abundantly.

 

I know what some of you are thinking.

They need better tools…

better coaches…

better attitudes.

 

I think they need something other than support.What I think they actually need is invested partners.

 

People who own the task.

People who are committed to contributing

considerable effort…

and time…

and money…

toward accomplishing the goal.

 

People who have just as much a stake in the outcome

as those who will be responsible “on the ground.”

 

Not supporters.

 

Not people who make it possible for someone else to do the work.

People who are doing the work.

People who take as much responsibility for funding the project

with those who they are sending to implement the program.

 

People with sanctified imaginations…

who will trust God to guide them into new paradigms.

 

That’s what I think.

What do you think?

2 Comments

  1. Richard L Morey

    I agree with your statement, however some will say it is just a matter of semantics, The problem lies in a lack of understanding on the part of those of us who are the ” investors”, as well as a lack of understanding on the part of the ones going to carry out the mission. Let me explain, an investor sees the mission as something they not only give financial support to, but also spend much time in prayer to our Father to see that the mission is on tract for success. If this is to be accomplished, they need frequent reports on the progress of the mission, as well as the pitfalls that are being encountered. To make the financial investment and not expect and receive those reports hinders the investors ability to pray intelligently for the mission. If we give only and do not follow our giving with intelligent prayer we are short sighted and have not fulfilled our responsibility, On the other hand if we do not receive adequate information, how can we pray.

  2. Dave

    Good thoughts, Richard. Thank you. Investor does indeed come a bit closer to the concept I have in mind. A true partner has a concern for the person doing the work on the field as well as for the work itself. Prayer is an absolutely necessary part of the equation.

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