In my experience the number one
obstacle people feel when considering missions is money (unless you are
Southern Baptist and want to plant churches). I have met many who feel a
great passion for missions, but when reality sets in and the idea of asking
friends for money. a heavy burden lands on their soul.
For those of you who are
struggling, let me offer a few encouragements.
Some of these you know, but maybe have yet to experience.
- God owns everything and if He is calling you to missions, He
will provide. This is just a simple truth
that can anchor you when you doubt whether you should go. I have believed this with all my heart since
TLI started, and guess what – God has always provided what we needed.
- The network of friendships God gives you is important. If you are the kind of person that does not
keep in touch with people, I promise that if you go to them after not speaking
for 5 years, they will not support you. There
are typically two kinds of donors – one that supports you and ones that are passionate about what you are doing. The
majority of your supporters will be people who love you.
- Look at your request to people as an opportunity for them to
invest in an important ministry. You are
not taking their money, but giving them an opportunity to be blessed by
investing into what you are doing.
- You need a home church that will write the check for a
significant portion of your funding.
Most people heading overseas have 2-3 churches giving more than $500 a
month to serve as a steady base of support.
- You can not just write a letter.
I once read a study that showed that 10% of people respond with support to
a letter while 90% of people will support you if you meet face to face.
- There is help. We
recommend this boot camp, which gives people practical training on how to ask
Hope this helps.
Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International. As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.