4 Ways To Support Missions (part 2)
This week I’ll be sharing four ways that we can support our missions partners. Today’s way…
#2 Prayerfully Consider Regular Financial Support
If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? – 1 Corinthians 9:11
Can we be honest for a moment? If you’re anything like me, there have been times when we’ve felt a slight hesitation to engage relationally with a “missionary,” simply because we were afraid that there would be an expectation to start supporting them financially. I mean, what kind of Christian would I be if I didn’t?
Now that we’ve gotten that out into the open, we can recognize the truth:
Missionaries do not expect everyone to support them! They’re people, just like you and I, who have said yes to a particular calling. And I believe for the most part they fully trust God to provide for their financial needs.
That’s why I titled this post “Prayerfully Consider Regular Financial Support.”
Yes, missionaries rely on financial support. And yes, it’s a biblical principle that the people of God financially support those who have been called by God to dedicate their lives to sharing the gospel:
…the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel. 1 Corinthians 9:14
But first and foremost it is a matter of prayer.
Reality Check: Most of us have families to support, and bills to pay, and we cannot support every missionary we hear of. But I believe that if we ask the Lord “who should I support, and how much?” He will answer that prayer.
And further, didn’t Jesus tell us “my yoke is easy, my burden is light” (Matt 11:30)? Oh and let’s not forget the promise we have in Philippians 4:19, that when we give to the kingdom, “…my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
The second thing you might have noticed is that I encouraged “regular financial support”
One time gifts are helpful. There are times when a special need arises in a missionary’s ministry, and God’s people can and should prayerfully consider assisting. But regular support is better. Regular financial support gives the missionary a consistent amount they can count on. Consider how difficult it would be to manage your own household budget if your income fluctuated every month.
That’s why it’s important to not make emotional decisions with regard to missions support. We might hear a great story of how God worked, get excited and commit to a large monthly support, but within a few months have to reduce it. Not only was it not practical, it wasn’t prayerful!
The Bottom Line:
#1 Don’t be afraid to engage with a missionary just because you’re afraid they will expect money. They won’t. They’ll just be blessed to have another friend.
#2 Pray about who the Lord would have you support, and how much, then trust that God will “my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory.”
Why not try it this week? Take a few minutes each day and lift up one of our missions partners. And if God puts it on your heart to start supporting one of them, then trust the Lord and step out! And if not… it’s OK, God can and will supply their needs!
Dennis and Korinne Holt / The Republic of Georgia
Chris and Faith Anderson / Romania
Sara Smith / Romania
Chelsea Ritter / YWAM North Africa
Mahendra Bagh / India
Yahweh Center / Wilmington
We can change the world, one life at a time…