As Todd and I face the daunting task of raising funds to support our family in Honduras it is a crazy and amazing time in our lives and I want to share some of the struggles and blessings (yes blessings!) we have experienced through fundraising thus far.
As for most missionaries , fundraising is not on the top of the list of my favorite things to do. It is probably the biggest hurdle standing between the missionary and getting to the field. I am sure more people would become missionaries if they didn’t have to raise support. Asking your friends and family and even strangers for money can be awkward and uncomfortable. It seems to go against everything our culture tells us… Be self-sufficient, Be independent, Be in control.
So many of you are being a blessing to me during this time in so many ways that it’s hard to put in words. I am excited to continue passing those blessing on to those who God has called us to serve in Honduras. “The Bible teaches us that we are blessed not just so that we can feel good, not just so we can be happy and comfortable, but so that we will bless others. God told Abraham in Genesis 12:2, “I will bless you … and you will be a blessing” (NIV). This is the first law of blessing: It must flow outwardly.” (A small portion of Rick Warren’s The Four Laws Of God’s Blessing.)
We would gladly skip the fundraising step to go straight to Honduras and get started on the work that God has set before us. I am sure if we could skip it, we would have missed out on so much that God wants to teach us. We are learning so many valuable lessons during our fundraising period that we wouldn’t trade for the world.
If I had to look on the bright side of fundraising and pick the top three things that we are slowly learning they would be as follows:
- We are not in control, we are dependent on God and His timing.
I feel our fundraising journey is preparing us for that kind of dependence. Fundraising is plain uncomfortable. We are still learning how to ask for help from others. But most importantly we are learning to trust and depend on God. It is amazing to see how He is providing for us all in His timing, not ours.
It’s scary to think that when we first move, because of the language and cultural differences, I will need help to do even the simplest of tasks like buying groceries, driving, or just making a friend. It won’t be easy for us to be dependent on others as we adjust as a family. But as God is with us now, He will be in control when all feels out of control.
- Others are also on a journey of obedience with God, and all of our journeys look different.
My faith is certainly growing as I see how God is paving a way for our family to serve Him in Honduras. I have been touched to see and hear how entire families, churches and small groups are praying for us. We have been able to hear how God is working in the lives of our friends and family as we open ourselves up vulnerably to those around us.
We are seeing the sacrifice and obedience others are making to be a part of this team that God is creating. I know there will be days, away from all our ‘normal’, that these intercessory prayers and support will be the only way I make it. And in return I pray for all our supporters each day and know that God has a specific plan for us all.
- God uses this time of fundraising as an affirmation that we are in His will.
God is providing for us in amazing ways. We are humbled as people have opened their hearts to our vision. This journey is now moving so quickly. I never would have imagined that in the first 3 months of fundraising we would have 90% of our monthly needed donations pledged. Any time we fail by questioning the path God has put before us, He is good to quickly provide another person or family that commits to join us in prayer. And those who have already made those commitments keep encouraging us to press onward.
I am sure that the awkwardness of asking for financial support will never go away, no matter how long God keeps us in the field, but I will always have this time of support raising as a reminder of God’s faithful provisions.
I bet in a few years there will be an even bigger picture of how these times are forming our family and our upcoming ministry. You have all been a blessing to us already. I pray that God continues to bless you and that we are good stewards of the blessing that He has given us through you.
If you would like to join our ministry team, please contact us. Thank you all for being a part of our journey!
Be Blessed – Katie