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Missionary Support Letter Mistakes

When I served as pastor of a large church that supported two dozen missionaries, I was always a cheerleader for missionaries. It was my pleasure to read their missionary support letters (for 21 years), and so I saw the good, the bad, and the ugly.   Normally I write “in the positive,” but just for clarity, […]

So, how do you create a missions support raising Strategy that works? “To fail to plan means to plan to fail,” goes the old saying. One friend of mine counters that “everyone has a plan—the problem is, many people use the “No-Plan Plan.” They plan to have NO plan – and that in itself is […]

What to give a missionary for Christmas

Oh mercy, what do you give as a gift to your friends who live thousands of miles away, or maybe they are local, but they are in that unique and peculiar career field of MISSIONS? Here’s a quick look at the kinds of ways to bless people like this – First, For Those Who Are […]

Hands resting in prayer on a bible

By Dr Jim Hardwicke Pain and suffering, whether it’s physical, emotional, relational, or circumstantial, is bad enough. But when there’s no relief, when it just goes on and on with no end in sight, it tends to drain us of strength and hope. We are tempted to focus on ourselves and our problems, to feel […]

Every person doing missionary work, whether short-term or long-term, whether based in the USA or around the world, has the same desire: to connect with churches so that they would provide mission support to their work. However, this is a dream that is not easily realized! Several challenges present themselves to any missionary asking any […]

For more than two decades, I was privileged to serve as Senior Pastor of a large church that was able to give an amazing 25% of its budget to overseas missions.  Most of the 25 missionaries we supported had some connection to us, so I was reading about 25 different missionary letters regularly.  Most of […]

woman writing notes about mission trip fundraising ideas

Almost all people serving in global missions are directly involved in raising their support. Most of them wish they didn’t have to do this, but the truth is, missionary fundraising is nothing but another form of disciple-making! And that IS our commission…go and make disciples. Once you grasp that, it changes your whole experience. And […]

Missionary nurse helping child

This article is designed for those who believe that God has called them to serve in missions, either part-time or full-time, and either in the USA or abroad.  As the term “missionary” comes from the Latin translation of the Greek “apostello,” meaning, “I send out for a purpose”  the missionary is not “one who goes” […]

As a missionary, gaining support from anyone in your sphere is integral to the success of your fundraising efforts in your mission field. From financial donations to prayers and more, having churches and pastors as ministry partners for your mission is necessary.  How do you do that? Simply put, you make connections, cultivate relationships, and […]

It can be easy to feel like you’re solo on your mission and removed from your supporters as a missionary. But your supporters are there to do just that – support you! Staying connected to those who financially support you, pray for you every day, and those who support your work in other ways is […]