How does the fasted lifestyle play into a missionary life in your mind? For the sake of agreement we will all agree that poverty does not glorify God.
Since I know many who support missionaries read this blog we’d like to hear from you…what moves you to give?
About the Author
Ben spends most of his time working with underprivileged kids in Tijuana, Mexico, encouraging them to continue their education. He’s an unofficial member of Iglesia Bautista Monte Horeb, which runs the elementary school, Centro Pedagógico Didaque.
A couple of missionary blogs I’ve been following over the last year are coming to an end-or at least seem to be. Here’s the scoop:
Missionary Family #1: Appears to have been very well funded. On the mission field, they write about great trips and getaways with frequency. Recently they have permanently returned home for a variety of personal and spiritual reasons. They specifically asked their supporters to continue giving to the very end, as full support would be needed. They took a trip for several weeks on the way home that most Americans will never do or be able to afford. Now in the U.S. for just a month, they’ve purchased a home, picked up full-time, professional employment, and have just received their container of goods from their home overseas-must have been nice stuff to justify the shipping.
Missionary Family #2: Started the fund raising process five years ago. To date they are only at 60 percent. They’ve used up most of their savings and have cut back on expenditures. Due to the frustrations of a half-decade of emotionally trying support raising and the reality of still needing such a large percentage, these missionaries are considering returning to secular vocations. From everything written in their blog, they appear extremely genuine in their desire to continue serving in ministry full-time; yet the money has not come in.
Support raising is a touchy subject, and I try to avoid the conversation. The polar opposites are as follows: 1) Go after supporters with business-marketing techniques, or 2) Trust only in prayer that God will faithfully provide. Biblical arguments can be made for both. But regardless, every long-term mission trip requires funding (whether it’s from self or received from others). At least in the United States, money moves missions. If you’re at full support, you go; if you’re not, you continue the fund raising process.
There are natural salesmen and women, making it only obvious that their support will quickly roll in. But what about those who don’t emotionally stir the congregation? Those who don’t speak well up front or are not well connected in the pews down below? Are they doomed to stay at home? Many will say, “Well, maybe it wasn’t the Lord’s will,” or “Clearly they weren’t called.” But what happens if they just pack up and go without a sending agency or full-support? The same critics will cry, “That’s clearly going it alone,” or “That is not how missions is done.”
What should Missionary Family #2 do? I do not know. But maybe one idea is to send a support letter to Missionary Family #1.