Are you intimidated about asking people to donate?
Raising the money to go on a Global Program or Global Urban Trek can be daunting, or even enough of a barrier to decide not to go! Though many times fundraising is seen as a “necessary evil” to make what you really want possible, fundraising is actually a lavish gift from our generous God. Here are four reasons fundraising can help you grow in faith.
1. Fundraising gives us a clear sense of being sent by our friends, our family, or our church.
It presses us to share what God is doing in our lives, and others get a chance to affirm God’s work in us. When people commit to pray for us or give sacrificially to support us, we are reminded of how many people God has brought into our lives to bless and encourage us.
2. Fundraising gives us a chance to “ask, seek, and knock” and to see our God provide.
For those of us who have struggled to make ends meet and have literally prayed for our next meal, we know the very real provision of God. But for those of us who haven’t had those struggles, fundraising gives us a tangible experience of God providing when we call. It reminds us that God has always been providing for us, whether we’ve realized it or not.
3. Fundraising gives us a chance to interact with God about any fears and anxieties we may have around the issue of money and finances.
Depending on our personal experiences growing up, the thought of fundraising may bring up all kinds of other issues. God is inviting you to bring those past experiences and issues to him in prayer, and to receive the healing and grace you need.
4. Fundraising gives us a chance to share resources as a Christian community.
Many past Global Program and Global Urban Trek participants can testify that God brought in a surplus of funds, much to their surprise. And it just so happened that there were other participants in the program who were not able to fundraise the full amount, despite their faithful efforts and prayers. But in the economy of God’s Kingdom, everyone’s needs were taken care of.
With the right perspective, fundraising can be a gift and not a barrier to your mission experience. We invite you to take the plunge and consider applying today!
Urbana Blog: Asking for Money: A Spirituality of Fundraising Henri Nouwen explores the growth that can come from raising support.