Question about Funding for missionaries:
"Do missionaries continue to tithe? If so, do they take that out of the money given by others to support their ministry?"
I think the Levites are a good example of this in the Bible. They received the tithe from the whole of Israel and then were commanded to tithe on their tithe. Most importantly, God is looking at the heart. Tithing is a way to show that we depend on him and are willing to give.
From the conversations I've had with with others workers, I believe most missionaries, like pastors and other Christian workers, DO tithe and/or give offerings both to the churches they are part of (whether "back home" or on the field) and to support other ministries as they are able, e.g., local work or other missionaries.
If you sit down with someone in a mission agency's HR department to talk about setting up a budget, chances are they will encourage you to consider what you want to budget for tithes and offerings. This also shows up in online sample budgets for missionaries.
Just as waiters and waitresses are likely to be good tippers, missionaries may be more likely to give... they are aware of how much it costs to support Christian work and workers and what life is like when the money does not come in. Missionaries may also be more aware of needs and giving opportunities to give than others might be.
Legally, keep in mind that the money that is given to support a missionary generally belongs to the sending organization... and out of those funds they cover ministry expenses, taxes and benefits, and provide a salary. A missionary would not have the right to give directly from the organizational funds to give tithes and offerings to another ministry; those funds belong to the organization to which the donors gave them and can usually only be used to support work connected to that organization (e.g., you can raise more than you need and transfer it to help support a co-worker or project). If they give "tithes and offerings," it will be from their salary.
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