Sample letter: Prayer ministry fund raising

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Dear friends and family,
     Good News! God has relieved me of an uncomfortable and sometimes difficult task . . . asking for money. But God has challenged me with a ministry opportunity in Bangkok, Thailand and Kathmandu, Nepal.
     I guess you could call me a "missionary", though not in the traditional sense of giving up the comfortable life here to disappear in a remote jungle for 10 or 20 years. Mine will be a short-term journey with a team from First Christian Church from March 28 through April 10.
     Our two-week trip will focus on Hindu and Buddhist cultures in an area of the world that is often referred to as "the heart of darkness", where idol worship is a daily routine, and animal sacrifices are part of the ritual.
     The purpose of our trip is fourfold:

  1. First, we will be allowing God to work in our lives through the exposure and changed perspective that comes from this type of a mission trip.
  2. Second, this is a "Prayer Journey" which will help us focus our individual prayers by traveling to foreign lands to pray "on-site with insight." We will pray for the Hindu and Buddhist people that God may open their eyes and hearts to the message of Jesus.
  3. Third, we will be visiting an "unreached people group" which less than 1% is Christian. First Christian Church has adopted the Newar people in Bhaktapur, Nepal to assist in bringing the gospel to them. We will be working with a number of Newar churches to help them grow in depth in their Christian walk.
  4. Fourth, we will encourage local Christians in Bangkok and Kathmandu. Our presence will bolster their spirits and support their work to spread God's Word. We will visit many small villages in Nepal where we will develop relationships with the Christians there.

We're excited about the opportunity and experience that lies ahead, and hope you see the value in the work that we will accomplish. As you can imagine, funding for a trip like this requires financial support from a number of people. I need to raise $3,000 by March 20th.
     Now, why did we say that God has relieved me of this fund raising effort? Simply because I know I can leave that task in His hands. It's my job to go, and to let you know I'm going, so that if you would like to support this mission financially you have the opportunity to do so.
     When it comes to missions, people can be active in three categories:

  1. "Mobilizers" - These are the people who build the fire in their local church, keeping others informed of the needs and opportunities, and helping them get involved.
  2. "Goers" - These are the ones who feel called to spend time in another culture, live a different kind of life, and minister face to face with the unsaved.
  3. "Senders" - It's hard to say that one of these three groups is more important than any other, but without the "senders" not much will happen. They provide the funds--and more importantly--the prayer support. Prayer is the fuel that will allow us to be successful as we follow God's leading in ministry in these foreign countries. Without prayer nothing will happen.

As I said up-front, God has relieved me of the fund raising responsibility, my job is just to let you know about this opportunity. Maybe you haven't thought of yourself as part of a "missions team" but if you want to become one of the all-important "senders", you can mail a check to: [insert church address here]
     Envelopes are enclosed for your convenience. If you make your check payable to First Christian Church it will be tax-deductible. Just be sure to write "Nepal" and my name on the memo line.
     If you can't be a "sender" financially, that's OK, but please consider being a "sender" in prayer. In fact, the prayer support is so important to the success of this mission, I would like to know if I can count on you in that area. Enclosed is a bookmark that you can put in your Bible, on your bathroom mirror, on the "fridge", or anywhere else you will see it at least once a day. Please pray daily for the areas listed.

     Because they haven't heard,
     (Signed)

Support raising letters

Support letters:   Asian prayer journey  |  Guatemala nursing trip   |  Italy   |  Kenya  |  Mexico   |  Mid-point report   |   Thailand/Nepal   |  Commission Unto Mexico

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