This was written by a fellow global worker and I thought it put into words well the feelings around fundraising. To be perfectly honest, it has been a part of our lives that I do not relish. I have been anxious about what people think of us; hesitant to ask. But actually being here has changed my perspective somewhat. I see firsthand the need; I see how God is actually using us to reach people and I see that the funds given have a purpose. It’s still not easy to ask. I still worry about what people think. But this IS bigger than us and….it’s worth it. It’s worth the asking.
People MUST get tired of missionary petitions, because WE get tired of asking. It’s embarrassing. It’s humbling. It makes us feel like a needy child instead of responsible adults.
But missionaries ask. It’s part of our job description. We ask because…
• this job we’ve chosen is WAY BIGGER than us. So we ask you to join us in prayer, in dreaming, in completing the mission.
• working overseas strips us of the usual framework that allows us to be independent. So we ask you to support us.
• we commit to a mission without available resources to complete it. So we ask you to contribute.
• our kids LOVE chocolate chip cookies, so we ask you to treat us
• It’s when missionaries QUIT asking that others should be concerned. It happens when we grow weary of feeling like the needy child. The problem is that when we quit asking, it means that WE HAVE QUIT DREAMING. We have limited the reach of God’s work through us to our own resources. And the kingdom of God is far too big for that.