Question about Funding for missionaries:
"How much money should a missionary raise, and how long should it take?"
Support raising is based on relationships, so the timing is based on how much time you invest in building relationships before hand as well as how many appointments you make to speak to people about support raising. My wife and I met with ninety-six families over a period of four months before we were 100 percent supported. I know others who have done it in ninety days. On the other hand, another person spent a year on it and only reached 65 percent.
Either you or the agency can set a deadline, but both of you should agree to it.
Urgency calls for decisions. When you ask for critically needed funds with established deadlines, it takes your prospective donor or an existing donor out of the, "maybe we will think about helping you sometime" mode to the, "We need to make a decision now" mode, "so we can help our brother or sister in Christ who has been called by the Lord to accomplish this particular vision."
Deadlines can be very powerful and I have watched some amazing things take place as people and ministries set deadlines. Maybe you need to review the vision the Lord has given you and keep in mind that it's really not your vision but the Lord's agenda you need to accomplish.
Editor's note: For reasons to live on less, also read Roger Greenway's classic article Eighteen Barrels and Two Big Crates (on how and why our stuff gets in the way of our witness).
I have had to make unbelievable choices when it comes to money. I have had to decide to provide medical treatment for a child today or feed my children tomorrow. God would bless the "yes" so we would provide medical care for this baby today, and tomorrow the money for food would always come through. He has always provided, often in the most unlikely of ways!
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