Question about Funding for missionaries:
"On average, how many people does it take to support a long-term missionary? Is it 30-60 people? 100 people?"
Over the years, of course, people have dropped off due to death, economic hardship, and divorce in families, along with a change of interest in missions. Churches have dropped off due to declining attendance/budget cuts or closings. The Lord has graciously brought new contacts and new regular supporters just when we have needed it.
A very important key is to keep in good contact with your support team. In churches, we have found that to be “adopted” by a small group is key to good communication with that church. For individuals, they receive our quarterly prayer letter, and four “touches” per year from us—Thanksgiving and Easter cards, personalized, and a phone call (even if it’s just a voicemail) two other times. In addition, if they give a gift to a special need, like medical or transfer fund or a personal gift, we write a personal thank-you note.
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