When Missionaries start raising support, and asking people to give to their particular mission, they undoubtedly run across someone who says, “Why are you asking? You should do what George Muller did and simply pray in your funds.”
Of course, this often ‘conflicts’ the conscience, creates confusion, saps enthusiasm for getting out there and going after money, and punches perseverance in the gut.
How should a Missionary raise funds? Or more specifically, How should you personally raise funds? Do you have your fundraising philosophy clear in your mind and heart?
In my free Fundraising Philosophy Paper, “What’s Your Fundraising Philosophy,?” I suggest that a missionary must decide how they will ‘partner’ with God in the fundraising process. Know the options and make a clear decision. Then press forward with faith and confidence.
Fundraising is difficult enough without being conflicted internally about how to do it.
In this excellent article in the April 2017 issue of EMQ by Trevor Johnson, “Don’t George Muller Me: A Missionary’s Plea for Understanding,” Johnson gives us an excellent historical perspective on George Muller and his approach to raising millions for orphan funding.
He then applies these insights to missionary funding today — how should this go for you and I in the 21st century? What are the upsides and downsides.
Very insightful. Equip yourself! This is a ‘must read’ article, if you are . . .
- living on support and must keep it up,
- raising money for specific ministry projects,
- starting out on the road of support raising, or
- a leader helping missionaries raise funds
Here is Trevor Johnston’s article: “There are enough strains and stresses on the mission field without adding extra measures which may increase one’s challenges. We sympathize with missionaries who catch tropical diseases, but our sympathies would dwindle if a missionary was afforded the means of alleviating his or her suffering, but refused those legitimate means.
In like manner, those who suffer needless financial deprivation on the mission field and lack the means to care for their own families or initiate new projects due to an extra-biblical conviction about not reporting those very needs are not somehow more praiseworthy because they are suffering more. Rather, their suffering can be linked (at least in part) to their needless convictions. . .” (Read More . . .)