“I think God may be calling me to be a missionary, but I’ll have to wait till I’m independently wealthy. Raising support isn’t something I could do; I could never ask people for money!”
I can understand your reluctance since we felt the same way when we first considered God’s call to missions. However, as we began to delve into the topic of raising support, we realized that we needed to learn God’s perspective. For example, we were not only seeking finances, but we were attempting to educate and encourage others with Biblical principles and the stories of how God was working throughout the world for His glory. One of those Biblical principles is found in Romans 12:4-8. This passage states that God has given each member of His church different gifts that they are expected to use. We know some who have the gift of serving [Rom 12:7] or leading [Rom. 12:8], and we are usually eager to encourage people in those roles. Part of verse 8 also says, “…if it is giving, then give generously…” If someone has been given the gift of giving, we should present the opportunity to them.
But wait! Jesus was not independently wealthy, was He?
Some resources to Help with Raising Support
- A podcast by John Piper offers some excellent insights from I Corinthians 8 and 9 on the concept of going by faith alone. Listen Here.
- This site offers some creative ideas for supporting your work in the location to which God is calling you. Of course, there may be local laws that could prohibit some of these ideas.
- Here you will find some practical helps in fundraising as well as a link to some good suggestions for writing your fundraising letter.
By the way, you will find it interesting that the people you feel have the most resources may not necessarily be your greatest supporters. Those who have financial challenges may be some of your most generous supporters! God is the judge; we issue the call and provide accurate information, then let God do the rest. After all, He is the one who owns the cattle on a thousand hills!
If He is calling, He will provide.