Becoming a fully funded missionary is attainable, though it may often seem insurmountable at the time. One of the keys of becoming a missionary who is fully funded is to understand that others have a need to give. This is key to a healthy understanding of the financial partnership. What if you began your fundraising believing that a church’s need to give was greater than your need to receive?

Because that is what we see over and over in scripture - the need of the giver is greater than the needs of the receiver.

Here’s a few examples:

Acts 20:35 "...remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'it is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

Luke 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.

Hebrews 13:6 "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."

God says people need to give. And that giving is for the good of the giver!

The first time I learned the idea, “the need of the giver is greater than the need of the receiver” was from a talk by Myles Wilson around 1 Kings 17. There we see a widow who is gathering wood for her final meal with her son because they have only enough flour for one loaf of bread, and no money to buy more. Elijah obeyed God and asked the woman to bring him something to eat first; verse 15 says, “And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days.

The widow could have said no, and Elijah could have easily gone somewhere else to find food. Then it likely would have been her and her son’s final meal. But God did not send Elijah so that he could be fed, he sent Elijah so the widow would have an opportunity to give and be blessed! And she was blessed, beyond what she could have thought, when she agreed to make a simple loaf of bread for this man, this stranger.

Fundraising for missions can be a challenge for even the heartiest of Christian believers. Challenging your resolve, your mission, your transparency, and your faith. It’s okay to be challenged.

Yet, you will never know until you ask. And most people need to be asked. If you’re sharing about your ministry with an individual and you don’t understand why they’re not giving, it’s likely because they didn’t realize they could be a part of meeting your financial need. You need to ask them to join you!

Making excuses about why someone wouldn’t desire to financially give is easy, and we have all been there. Instead, continue to view the giving relationship correctly, their need to give is greater than your need to receive. People need to give, and you can give them that opportunity. You can be a part of God providing for them. It’s true!


Jenny Karr, Director of Training and Coaching Services

My mission is to train, equip, and support people in ministry and as the Director of Training and Coaching Services, I get to do all of those things in one role! When I’m not coaching, training, or writing blogs, I’m enjoying time at home or in the city with my husband, daughter, and friends here in Nashville, TN.