Friday, November 6, 2009

I'm A Missionary - Raising Support

Now we have got to somehow raise support.

The problem is I have no idea how. When we first contemplated applying to GRN the original plan was that our internet business would support us but that has struck some snags and it looks like we will have to look to others to support us, at least for a time.

Even though I have always believed that a good missionary is worthy of being supported and I have been a supporter of missionary societies the idea of having to ask for funds from others has always been something that I struggled with. It wasn't until I read a book call Friend Raising: Building a Missionary Support Team That Lasts
by Betty J. Barnett, that I was able to see that being supported by others is not just about asking people for money.

The other problem is that now I'm more comfortable with the idea I have never been really good at being informative to others about my activities. If I'm going to seek out people to support me that is probably going to have to change.

The final problem to overcome is who to ask. I know a lot of people within our congregation that give very sacrificially to people that they support. The idea of approaching them is too uncomfortable to contemplate just at the moment. That basically covers the whole congregation. So I'm not sure who else to approach at this point.

We did have one person offer support as soon as they heard we had joined so that's a start but as exciting as that it it actually presents one more problem. How do I lock them in.

So I guess I have more questions than answers at the moment.


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