Missionaries understand the necessity of raising funds for their ministry, but are often perplexed by the challenges of communicating their needs.
Knowing How To Ask
Fund raising doesn’t come naturally to most, and many missionaries who are comfortable and passionate preachers stumble when it comes to talking about their ministry’s finances.
The time and energy devoted to fundraising can lead to feelings of frustration when weighed against the needs of the missionary’s primary ministry.
Changes In Support And Need
A missionary’s support status or the types of support available can change, especially during economically tough times. As their ministry evolves and changes, new needs arise that affect their recommended level of financial support.
A missionary returning from an overseas assignment with a limited time frame may find fundraising stressful. The combination of transition, limited time, and the demands of presenting updates to supporters can pile up.
Overcoming Fundraising Challenges
We’re pleased to offer communication and development tools that can assist missionaries. As seasoned counselors we can help meet these challenges through our experience and training.
Tools For You, The Supporter
Knowing how to help a missionary raise and maintain support requires some savvy and understanding of the challenges involved. Here are some resources and links to get you started.
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I love putting this together for you each week, because I know you love missionaries and want to do everything you can to help them flourish on the field. Lots of resources for your own equipping this time, and many that are meant for you to share. Enjoy! LIFE ON...read more
Wow—I’m gone for one week and you get three weeks of material! Such a deal! Seriously, I suggest that you wade through this a little at a time. There are more than three dozen resources here and you won’t want to overlook any of them. LIFE ON THE FIELD Knowing how...read more
(I mention autumn in the title this week so maybe the weather will get the hint!) A quick trip to New Hampshire gave us a chance to interact with a sending church and some of the folks they’ve sent out. So encouraged by their desire to grow in their understanding of...read more
You will not want to miss this exceptionally large batch of resources. Some really good stuff here!
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Every time I interact with a missionary I am reminded how vitally important it is for them to have a solid network of care providers standing with them. You are part of someone’s network. Maximize your potential for helping them thrive with resources like these. LIFE...read more
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Hello from Atlanta, Georgia where we are currently visiting with our daughter and her family. We have some big decisions ahead of us, but I’ll have to report on that subject a little later. Meanwhile, your friends and families on the mission field need your continued...read more
I am writing this week from central Asia, in a place that seems to be the international headquarters for the Amalgamated Exhaustion Corporation. I felt this on my last visit back in November, and I feel it again: I’ve never been in the midst of so much worn-outness...read more
I was out of town last week, partly to attend the MC2 conference in Minneapolis. (My next e-newsletter will be a report on that. If you are not yet a subscriber, contact me and I’ll add you to the mailing list.) This week’s batch of missionary care resources was...read more
As we inch toward Spring around here we find ourselves on a climatic roller coaster. Pushing 70 degrees one day; highs in the 30s the next. One thing remains the same: the needs of missionaries. Encouragement, exhortation, refreshment…these are things that you can...read more
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Wow…where to start? So much good stuff out there this week. I’ve tried to narrow it down a bit for you. Plenty of ways for you to add to your skill and knowledge in caring for missionaries. (Maybe a good way to make use of enforced indoor time due to ice storms and...read more
Few of us are immune to the irrational urges that accompany the turning of the calendar pages from one year to the next. There is something hope-inspiring about a fresh batch of weeks and months in which to pursue our goals. One of my goals for this year is to become...read more
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