The Scripture Scout
How On Earth Do I Pay
for this MISSION TRIP???
Show Me The Money!
Some church backgrounds have Mission Boards who support missionaries and mission teams and also screen them before making a decision as to whether or not they will give them funds. Awesome. This is great. But the reality is ... most churches have to raise their own money.
I have a fund-raising handicap….which is good and bad. There are so many people who know my parents or have supported me in the past because of their relationship with them. When I tried to raise money for Cuba I received $750 BY EMAIL within 2 hours and my trip was covered….just because I have known them "forever," they believe me, trust me, and I said I needed help. THIS IS GOOD.
However, I was not able at first to teach my teams how to fund-raise effectively and have suffered the last hour stress of wondering whether or not we were going to be able to do something in our target mission or get off the plane, have a devotional with them, hug them, and get back on! 0_o
That changed after I asked accountant Linda Lindsay to coach me. Linda is amazing at her job and she has a passion for missions plus she also carries the aura of “SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED.” They listen to her, they follow her advice, and ... they get their money raised!
Linda and I got our heads together and put together some tips for YOU, missionary friend! We hope will be invaluable to you in your endeavours to support mission work. But you will be glad you DO THIS ONE THING BEFORE READING ON ... and BEFORE looking through the best ways to raise money for short-term mission trips I am offering for free to you below. That is, stop everything you are doing right now and PRAY.
Pray that the platform won't take the place of the mission, for spiritual preparation, and ... for the needed funds to be in place. I trust that you know the power of prayer, the heart of the Almighty who knows you better than you know yourself and I also trust that you will do it because that's just how you roll. ;-)
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