Supporting a mission work or volunteer project, either at home or abroad, is always going to be a challenge. For the average missionary it is safe to say that the demands always seem to surpass the resources.
Of course, God has promised to supply all our needs, and, at times, He has been known to
supply them miraculously. However, for the most part He chooses to supply them through the giving of others. One of the reasons He does it that way is because giving is a blessing that works both ways in that the giver and the receiver are blessed.
Missionaries that labor in very poor fields can find fund raising especially difficult. When these missionaries return to their home country to fund raise for their work it can be hard not to get frustrated when people who comparatively have so much balk about giving. It’s not easy to make people aware of the gravity of the need.
Missionaries fund raising need to remember that fundraising, just like any other aspect of their mission, is a work of the Holy Spirit. God has to touch the hearts of the givers to give. Some of the most tried and proven fund raisers are:
- Regular newsletters: out of sight out of mind, so keep people updated with what you are doing.
- Asking for specific requests: don’t just say “we need money,” rather try something like “we need to raise $2,000 for the building of a new computer lab for our school.”
- Visit your supporters: an annual visit to supporters will eventually turn them into close friends, and help them feel connected and accountable to your mission.
- Become a registered charity so that gifts to your work are tax deductable.
- Benefit concerts, charity dinners and raffles can be a fun way to get a community behind your fund raising efforts.
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Some missionaries are also able to set up local businesses that help to support their work such as growing produce, raising chickens or live stock, making crafts, setting up an export business, writing articles for magazines, and other such endeavors. Sometimes missionaries have to get creative, remember that the apostle Paul did make tents for a time. God wants to supply all your needs, and if something is His will, then He will show you the right path for the necessary resources.