The Finance Challenge

In these days of financial uncertainty, it is tempting to trust our favorite news source or the counsel of financial specialists. While they might have some quality insights on how to use money, they are not the sources of our funds. Our employer is not the source of our provision, nor is our government; God alone is our source for all provision.

This “obstacle or challenge,” finances, is really a “benefit.” It focuses our thinking on the key element of trust. It is a faith raising experience.

Dealing with financial partnership turns out to be a great step of faith in our journey with God. (Heb 11:6Without faith, it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is God, and a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him) There are several good resources to assist in fundraising. Check out a few on the MissionNext site. There are also social networking tools that were not available a decade ago that have been used successfully to provide finances and engage partner donors. Some have used crowdfunding options for causes and missionary work to meet funding goals.

One Connecticut teacher that had just finished school resolved to spend a year at a Christian School in Tanzania. For that she needed $8,000 for travel and living expenses. Her local Episcopal church had a fundraising pancake breakfast that raised $11,000. So, she was all set including enough to give a gift to the school.

Asking for resources is a way for others to participate without going. It is a matter of kingdom investing, Great Commission giving, sacrifice, sending, donating, financial partnership. Don’t rob someone of chance to make a difference for eternity because you did not ask.