04 December 2007

Missionary Care... IDEA #2

Call me crazy… but after prayer and sending a package does anyone have a clue how to support their missionary?

I honesty believe most people DO want to help their missionaries but they DON’T know how…

Idea number #1 was simple… sending a family update can be done in 5-10 minutes without costing a dime… idea #2 is complex… but I believe it could be revolutionary…

Other than Arbon and Creative Memory consultants name another profession that is dependent on family and friends for personal income… now name a profession dependent on family and friends for personal income that has no product to offer to the buyer?

Missionaries

Raising funds is a challenge for most missionaries… most missionaries have little to no marketing or fund-raising skills… family and friends get tired of always hearing then ask for money… when was the last time you received a missions update and deleted it or threw it out before reading it?… and being half-way across the world its difficult sustain long-term support without having people forget about you or choosing to support a new project…

BUT THIS IS A POSITIVE MONTH…

So here is what you can do…

IDEA #2… Be an ambassador

Here is how:

1) Select a missionary or overseas project that you believe in…

2) Talk to the missionary or project manager about their needs… and ask to help!

3a) Offer to speak on their behalf to churches and individuals… or offer to write grant proposals… or offer to search the internet for alternative sources of funding… which do exist!

3b) Or offer to put together some promotional material… update their prayer (ie. Fundraising) cards and send them out… put together a video about the ministry that can be sent to potential donors and distribute them… tell them their updates are boring and offer to collect the monthly info and make it sound better so people are interested in their updates… or build them a website…

3c) Or offer to step up to the plate for a special need or in a time of crisis…

FOR EXAMPLE: My friends Dan and Rosie are incredible missionaries… Dan used to live in mud huts in Northern Kenya with no electricity or running water training pastors and planting churches… now a married man he is Mr. Do-it-All at Uganda Christian University… he is the head of General Studies, teaches in the theology department, oversees the Faith in Learning project for the entire school, puts together every timetable and any other project that the university needs he is there… Rosie is no slacker either, besides running a home and raising 2 kids, she teaches Greek, sits on numerous committees in and out of the school and finds an equal number of projects at the university to help keep the university running at an elite level…

This last month Dan and Rosie have been robbed in their home on the school campus 3 times… they have lost Rosie’s purse, a digital camera, and both laptop computers which included a year of family photos and all of Dan and Rosie’s research for classes and Dan’s PhD work…

Seriously, Dan and Rosie are discouraged and feel lost, depressed and like they have been violated in their own home… they need someone to email everyone they know and say…

“WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE DHL DAN AND ROSIE A NEW DELL LAPTOP COMPUTER...TODAY!”

I just did… and it was easy…

Why?

Because it is easier to ask on behalf of a friend than to ask for yourselves… when you ask for yourself despite how great the cause is you feel awkward, guilty and like you are begging… which is why many missionaries go without instead of fund raising for what they need to accomplish their goals…

But when you ask for someone else you feel like you are a part of their ministry (which you are), you feel you’ve done something good (which you have) and you encourage the missionary (which they need)…

So who do you know overseas that could use and ambassador?

Or what project overseas needs someone to step up to the fund-raising plate?

Call me crazy but wouldn’t it be great if missionaries could come home every 2-4 years to thank their donors, be encouraged and receive a much needed rest… instead of traveling to 60 churches in 40 days to beg for funds?

Call me crazy…

1 comment:

Flo Oakes said...

Those are great ideas.
That sounds like I had nothing else to say, and just said that..but really, I think those are great ideas..I hadn't thought of it that way--when you're here (meaning, the U.S.), you have no idea what you can do, so you tend to think you can only give money, or like...go to the actual mission place and help them build something.

The part about Arbon and Creative Memories made me laugh out loud.
What about Melaleuca? Mmmmm gotta love that Tea Tree oil!