Fundraising for mission trips can seem like a daunting task. You feel God's tug on your heart to go, but how can you possibly afford the sometimes thousands of dollars the trip costs? ...
Here's the good news: with God, anything is possible, including raising more funds than you ever thought possible.
Here are five points to keep in mind when raising funds for your trip.
Prayer is the most powerful thing you can do, and yet it's often the most overlooked tool we as believers have. If God calls you to a task, He will give you what you need to complete that task, but you must ask, so pray, and ask others to pray for you as well.
Matthew 7:7 says, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." And James 4:2 says, "You do not have, because you do not ask." (ESV) Asking God is the first and most crucial thing you can do.
When thinking about fundraising for mission trips, it's only human to think, "How am I going to do this?" and then sit down and start making plans.
There's nothing wrong about having a garage sale to raise funds (I did) or selling baked goods or other fundraisers, but personal experience has taught me it's far better to step aside and let God work.
In his autobiography, Rebel With a Cause, Franklin Graham explains what he calls "God room" as taught to him by Bob Pierce, founder of Samaritan's Purse: 'God room' is when you have seen a need you believe God wants you to meet. You try, but you can't. After you've exhausted all your human effort, there's still a gap. No matter what you do, you just can't humanly bring it about. That's when you pray and leave room for God to work. You watch God close that gap.
If it can be reached by human means, then faith isn't needed and God isn't glorified. It's far better to trust in God and allow Him to provide.
By all means, let people know you are going on a mission trip and ask people to pray that God will raise the funds. Make an announcement in your Sunday school class and prayerfully consider sending out a letter to others (you can see an example here).
God will lay on the hearts of the people He wants to help you, but that will only happen if you get out of the way first.
This is actually an emphasis of Tip Number Three of my tips for fundraising for mission trips, but important enough to state again. Never try to manipulate or harass people into trying to help you. The goal here is to simply let people know what is going on without trying to manipulate or guilt others into providing support.
Okay, I can hear you rolling your eyes at this point, and saying "Easier said than done!" But you know God has called you to this, so trust Him for the outcome. Memorize a scripture promise and then recite it to yourself every time you start to worry. That way you'll keep your focus on God and His wonderful promises for your life.