Question about Funding for missionaries:
"Is there any way other than begging for support?"
One of the most important components of fundraising for missions is getting people to pray for you. If you're not asking your friends and family for prayer, don't even think about going into missions.
Try to actively work in the local church. Consider staying until you have converted and discipled twelve families. If you're busy, this might take somewhere between two to five years. In that time, you'll practice what you're supposed to do overseas. If you can't do it in America, don't go overseas. "A candle shines the brightest at home."
The second great opportunity opened to us through support raising is the opportunity to depend fully on the Provider rather than depending on our own capacities, knowledge, abilities, and relationships.
Third is the opportunity to see specific prayers clearly answered. For example, I prayed that my supporters would come from one area, which would limit my traveling during furloughs. God graciously granted that.
If "faith missions" is still too uncomfortable, consider your denomination's mission board, which may subsidize missionaries, or tentmaking, in which you may receive a stipend or salary. But first ask God what he intends for you, both in your overseas work and how to fund it.
With this resource you can create a campaign and send request via Facebook or other social media outlets. Start with family and friends, then grow to friends of friends. I hope this venture is as successful as I know it can be.
Editor's note: See also "Can I raise funds for missionary service by doing it mostly online, e.g., through crowdsourcing, GoFundMe, or Facebook?" An article on our sister site, ShortTermMissions.com, also includes descriptions of and links to other tools designed to help with fundraising. See Software and Services.
It may not seem true when you are young, but twenty years goes by quickly. You gain valuable leadership experience. You have the opportunity to travel and live in other cultures. You have the ability to continue your education while off-duty.
If you are (or plan to be) a seminary graduate, consider military chaplaincy.
Partnership development ministry is not about "donors" giving and missionaries receiving. It recognizes that both missionary and financial partner give into the ministry and both receive blessing, joy, and reward in return.
Kingdom Come Training helps missionaries get to full funding by developing authentic partnership. The missionaries we work with get to one hundred percent in an average of six months.
Disclaimer: The following answer has not been reviewed or edited.I have been a missionary with the IMB, fully-supported, and loved every minute of it. I have also been an IMB volunteer, a bivocational “tentmaker"who started a business, hired six rural pastors, 4 local missionaries, and created over 60 jobs all while doing ministry work.
I also loved that. In fact, I felt like I earned more respect by working with my ministry partners, and we were all in this thing together, balancing work and ministry.
In both instances, we saw people saved, baptized, and discipled. I loved both opportunities deeply. The path I took takes a lot of guts, and it’s not for everyone. You have to be able to stomach the risk.
My next goal, as an entrepreneur, is to move back to one of these countries I have eluded to and start a children’s home. I want to support all of the homes initially with my real estate investments.
By July of this year, Lord willing, I have will have purchased 58, rented houses, all within 12 months. This is my side business, not counting my family business. I have purchased almost all of these houses without any of my own money. The Lord has taught me, many times through my mistakes, to strengthen me because I know he has big plans for me.
We can walk the journey together, I love to answer questions. You can visit my (incomplete) website at www.entre-missions.com.
I have done about every business you can think of!
Blessings, and go make it happen.
Disclaimer: The following answer has not been reviewed or edited.Securing financial support is as simple as ABC. Not the ABC of a child’s building blocks, but the ABC of this outline:
A: Motivation: A Matter of the Heart. I know in my heart that this mission is of God.
B: Attitude: A Matter of the Mind.
1. People are not giving money to you; but as you are giving your life to the work of the Lord, they are giving of their finances to the work if the Lord.
2. It is a privilege to be about our Father’s business.
3. Living a lifestyle as equal as possible to the ones you are ministering among.
4. A 100% commitment of personal finances. It’s all yours, Lord!
5. God owns all, yet He is the most frugal economist.
C: Function: A Matter of Action. (Too long to list here. Available from ERI.)
Also, a careful study of Paul’s expression of thanks for the financial gift from the Philippian Church in Philippians 4: 10-19 will help immeasurably!
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