Over the past few weeks, I've felt the urgency of support raising in a time crunch. I have had a month and a half to raise funds and support to send myself into the work that God is already doing in Galway.
Many of you know the story and the thrill of Gods call on your life but the hardest part is the physical means in which we execute the call. Money. It's always a touchy subject and it is always difficult to comment on. But I'm going to do my very best to explain why those who go to do mission work "support raise".
Let's start with the phrase. Support raising. Those who are going into the field are not going alone. The have an army of people who are praying, encouraging, and financially supporting them on this trip. Support raising is not begging for money. But it is an invitation to be a vital part of the sending process.
My favorite quote by an important mentor of mine is, "some will go. Some will stay. But all are called". This sums up the support raising process in a beautiful way. Not everyone can go. Not everyone can make the commitment in dropping this comfort for a few weeks to go abroad, and that's OK! We, who are physically going, are carrying the prayers of those who sent us and leaning heavily on the monetary provision who made it physically possible for us to go.
As I prepare to go to Ireland there is some stuff that is done outwardly: fundraisers, support pages, online promotion. But for those who haven't gone before, it's a lot behind the scenes work as well. It's hours spent in meditation and surrender at the feet of Jesus. It's accountability by prayer teams that you've formed. It's encouragement from those in our closer circles. It's all of that rolled into one chaotic but beautiful experience, all for the Kingdom of God.
One thing that we do, as an outreach team, when we train students is we do a support raising workshop where we go through the scary part and try to make it not so scary. One thing that is said every year, but never ceases to make a difference, is that if we can pay for it all, or our family can, or we have a rich aunt or grandma who can cover the whole cost of the trip that we should graciously suggest something else. Because a trip like this isn't one or two individuals who are going alone. It is a small army of senders who are getting the amazing opportunity to take part of this short term trip. If the cost is covered in whole by one person, we are denying the opportunity for potential supporters to take part in this global mission, no matter what form that support takes.
On that note I am creating an email chain that I will be sending out with specific prayer requests and encouraging stories from abroad (more in depth and intimate than my average blog posts). So if you would like to be included in this chain, please comment or message me somehow so I have your personal email!