Mission trip fundraising characters that frustrate me
- Prudence Procrastinator
- Prudence is going to get around sending out prayer letters
tomorrow . . . or at least no later than next week. She's concerned about where she's going to get
funding for her mission trip, but Prudence hasn't asked anyone to pray for her nor has she shared
her vision with anyone.
Solution: Set a series of deadlines for all the steps
you'll need to take. Meet those deadlines.
- Fraidy Freddy
- Freddy is afraid he'll upset people if he talks about his need for financial support for the
mission trip. He has no idea how he'll come up with funds for the trip, but he's frightened that
people will think he just wants them to pay for a great vacation for him.
Solution: Work at getting people committed to
praying for you rather than raising money. Let them know how much money you need and when.
Ask them to commit to help you pray that money in.
- Disconnected Dan
- Right now Dan's got lots of things going on his life. Payment deadlines come and go, but
Dan's not worried because the mission trip seems a long way off. "Count me in. I'm going," he
tells the group leader who worries about how he's going to pay for airline tickets when people
like Dan miss payment deadlines.
Solution: Sit down with a calendar and write in
specific payment deadlines. Set your own deadlines for
communicating your need and vision to friends, family and home church.
- Frenzied Frieda
- Frieda's got all kinds of fund-raisers planned. She dreams of all the money that's going to
come in but she doesn't realize ahead of time how much work each of those events will be.
Sadly, Frieda winds up being so busy working on her fund-raisers that she doesn't spend much
time talking about her vision for the mission trip or recruiting people to be her prayer
Solution: Throttle back on the fund-raisers. They
heighten awareness, but often do not raise as much money as envisioned. Give top priority to
creating a network of prayer partners.
- They-Owe-Me Naomi
- Naomi's approach to fundraising is: "I grew up in that church. They owe me." She
takes the same approach with relatives she thinks have money: "I'm his granddaughter. He
owes this to me." Thelma is looking to people (rather than to the Lord) to provide funds.
Her fundraising theme song is "My hope is built on nothing less than your checkbook."
Solution: Realize that God is the provider of resources. Look to Him. You may be
surprised at the people through whom He chooses to provide your needs.
- Worried Wilbur
- Wilbur didn't listen to the exhortation to create a mailing list of 75 people. He made a
single mailing to a few people he thought would give him money. He didn't get much response.
As payment deadlines loom, Wilbur begins to panic. It didn't sink in that he might have to
cultivate relationships with people and that imparting his vision for the mission trip might take
more than a one-shot deal. Wilbur's not sure what went wrong, but he's about to decide he'll have
to back out from going on the trip.
Solution: Create a plan for doing multiple
mailings and speaking engagements in which you update people on your progress. Include lots
of information about the ministry to which you feel God is calling you.
- Cover-up Kyle
- How's Kyle doing on his fundraising? "Fine," he says. Truth is, not much has come in.
Inwardly Kyle is worried, but he doesn't want to let it show. He's afraid people will think he
doesn't have the faith that God will provide. Because he's making other people think the money
has already come in, none of his friends are lifting his financial needs up in prayer.
Solution: Keep your network of prayer supporters
informed as to the size of your need and the deadlines you're facing.
-- Howard Culbertson
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+ 1 Commissioning
litany Devotional reflections on
volunteering time and talents
Elephant and mouse parable
Getting financial support
Sample prayer cards
Sampmle support-raising letters
Mission trip health tips
Reentry: Coming home
Safe travel tips Ten
commandments for mission trips Training
exercise Mission trip travel
checklist Mission trip
phases Ruining mission trips
10/40 Window explanation and map Seeking
God's will? African martyr's commitment
Nazarene Missions International resources