See the beginning here.
- We understand it’s a sacrifice, we give, too.
A homeland missionary once told a bunch of us newbies how many families he and his wife supported. It was more than a dozen. I don’t even think I have that amount of faith to support that many people. He said something else that day, too. That “the biggest supporters of OMS missionaries are other OMS missionaries.” People in ministry tend to faithfully support others in ministry because they understand what it’s like to rely on giving. And they understand that all money belongs to God, and He takes care of us. They get it because they have to live it every day. And for me, I would not ask someone to do what I wasn’t willing to do myself.
- We care more about the relationships than the monetary amount
I suppose I can’t speak for everyone, because some people who go into ministry only care about the money. They stress over it, and want more and more and more of it. But the majority of people? If they’re truly called to do this ministry, then they want to share with everyone, and they want people who are just as passionate about, say, sharing transformational stories or caring for missionaries’ needs or providing jobs skills so people can climb out of poverty or building relationships with hurting kids, to come alongside and make a financial and prayerful impact. And they also know how beneficial it is for people to give time, energy, and resources to the spread of the Gospel, because they personally grow, and see God work, and store treasures up in heaven. Lastly, missionaries care for their donors. They pray for them, they meet with them, they care about their relationship with God and people. And this doesn’t happen because missionaries go around asking for money. It’s because they build those relationships, they reconnect with old friends, and they trust that God will lay the burden on the right people’s hearts.
- We do have deadlines, so we need the support to come in
This one is a toughie. Raising support can take missionaries several years before they finally see their field. That’s hard, because the need is great, but they simply cannot go until the funds reside in the account. A missionary should never be pushy, but if they call every now and again, to remind you to send in that check, or to try to schedule a meeting with you though you’ve been so busy for the past several weeks, it’s not because they want to be annoying, they just really want the freedom to start the next leg of ministry.
- We don’t see money signs on your forehead
We may know you’re a lawyer or a pharm rep, or that you and your spouse both work good jobs, or that you just paid off your house. But that shouldn’t make us automatically think “they must have a lot of money lying around.” Unless you’ve showed us your budget and where every cent of your money goes, we don’t know your financial situation. We don’t know how much you make a year, how much your house costs, if you have medical bills to pay, how much you already give, what your expenses are. We don’t ask because of $$$, we ask because you’re important part of our lives or have been at some point, and we don’t want you to miss out of being a part of something exciting.