Fund Your Mission

It usually happens like this. You open your mailbox and find a letter from a mature teenage boy or girl from your church, neighborhood or circle of friends. They are going on a mission to some oversees destination and are asking you to consider making a donation. After all, they are going to be serving those that are less fortunate and need your help.

Don’t misunderstand, I don’t think there is anything wrong with this method of fundraising. I just wonder if these students have considered any other ways to raise the money. For example, I have a farmer friend who has offered to pay students like this $20 per hour to come pick rocks on his farm. Hard work, but a pretty sweet wage for a student. To this day, no one has taken him up on his offer. Maybe it’s easier to send letters…

So the other day I was on Facebook, and saw a post from a family friend. He completed his trade school degree as a carpenter and spent a few months in Alaska helping to build a seminary. He was preparing to go on a mission with YWAM and needed a little help to raise the remaining funds.

What was refreshing about his post was that he was not asking for money, he was asking people to come to a rustic furniture and craft sale. He had created some beautiful items, using his skills as a carpenter. While I could not attend, I later learned that he raised around $1000 that day. That sale put him over his goal. How cool is that!

So if you are planning to go on a mission of some kind, I have some ideas…and some questions.

Are you REALLY Willing to do What it Takes?

What I mean is, are you willing to earn every dime of the cost yourself? Are you only willing to do this thing if God sends you the money through the gifts of generous people? There is nothing wrong with asking for people to contribute to your mission. Many are willing and able to do so. However, is this the only way?

I wonder how many young people would go on a mission if they had to come up with the money themselves…

Send a Different Kind of Letter

Instead of asking people to donate and pray, how about just asking them to pray. Ask them to pray that God would give you the ability to raise the money you need, through inspiration and hard work. A letter like this gives the recipient a different kind of feeling. Instead of the guilt that is usually associated with not being able to contribute, there is a feeling of admiration. Trust me, it is impressive and inspiring when a young person wants to fund their own mission!

Funding Your Own Mission Could Teach you as Much as the Mission

I think this part of the process is extremely valuable. It is important to learn dependence on God to provide the way. However, I think we only give God one way to provide when we just ask for money donations. Learning what you have to offer people through your gifts and abilities is empowering and gives you clarity.

The need to raise money makes you think. It makes you ask yourself what you could do to make something happen. It puts you in touch with what you have and what you are able to do. It makes you ask God for different things. I think it’s healthy and good.

Let me be clear. I am not beating up on you if you have only asked for donations in the past. My goal is to help us all find another way. It can be done. I have seen it with my own eyes and I was impressed!

I would love to hear from you on this. Even if you don’t agree! Leave a comment below. Let’s connect on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks for Reading!

 

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!