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There is a temptation when in need of funding to look for somewhere, anywhere to get the cash and get on your way. Not every day, but on those hard days, it sounds like a good idea.
One of the most simple and effective tools you can use to present your ministry with conviction to anyone is having a personal vision statement.
Funding should not be what’s keep you from impacting this world for Christ.
If you don't know how to ask for financial partnership, you might find it pretty difficult to get the mission funded.
As a missionary, part of your job is to find the people God has prepared to be a part of this mission with you.
Connect people to the impact already being made.
Hoping you think of communicating to your financial partners day to day won't get this done. Make a plan and stick to it!
You can meet, ask for financial partnership, and then build the relationship; knowing that it's the beginning of a ministry partnership.
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Strengthening the personal relationship will often happen outside of social media, but the advantage of social media is regular ministry updates.
To keep your ministry and financial partners closely connected while you're serving far away from them, using Facebook allows the authenticity your financial partners highly value.
Comparing a specialized Facebook Group for your ministry team and simply posting ministry happenings on your personal Facebook page, is one better than the other?
Utilizing social media as the ultimate tool to communicate how God is causing a change in this world through your shared ministry could be an incredibly inspirational and challenging way to use it for the glory of God.
You have an overwhelming need to communicate the daily ministry to your ministry partners, who are having an impact on people's lives with you.
One of the keys to becoming a missionary who is fully funded is understanding that others have a need to give.
The important task of gathering contact information is something you can do long before you begin the work of fundraising.
The relational actions that take you minimal effort can reap the maximum rewards.
Your monthly newsletter should be less than 300 words. You can even think of it as 1-2 scrolls on your phone. That's all people will read, so that's all you need to write.
There are many times each of us think we want to make a difference in this world, or even be a part of something amazing, impacting others' lives for the better. It's a dream!
After all, you know you're about to leave the country and you may not have a chance to see these new people very often. So, how do you build a relationship?
Nothing else can communicate genuine relationship better than a handwritten thank you note.
When someone commits to financial partnership, the conversation isn't quite over. You still need to reach the finish line.
Making multiple touches with each financial partner is essential to becoming or remaining funded in your mission, including appealing to a church.
Be yourself, have easy conversations with the people sitting in front of you. Even though it sounds simple, sometimes you can still get stuck on an uncomfortable subject.
If you truly have stewarded your current donors well, and definitely need more contacts, then we see much better results with having someone personally introduce you to people in their network.
Becoming a good fundraiser is all about becoming good at helping people. It's a service, a ministry.