5 Things to Know When Raising Support for a Short-Term Mission Trip

This is a guest post by Phil Bartuska. Phil is a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina and is in the process of obtaining a M.Div in International Church Planting. He and his wife, Becca, have one child, Mark. You can follow him on Twitter at @phil_bartuska.

Do you have some reservations about going on a short-term mission trip?

Maybe your pastor has told you that you should consider going on a short-term mission trip as a step of obedience to following Jesus. But you think, “I just don’t have the time right now,” or “I don’t have $2,000 laying around.” These feelings are understandable, but many times the excuses just fall short.

So, you finally commit to going on your first short-term mission trip with your church. Now that you’re going, how are you going to raise the $2,000?

Here are five things to know when raising support for a short-term mission trip:

  1. Trust the Lord to provide a way. Before ever telling anyone about your trip or your needs, get alone with the Father and rest in knowing that He knows your all of your needs. Ask Him to give you faith when you start to doubt. Trust in the Lord to provide a way.
  2. Understand that many people find joy in giving. This is something that many people have a hard time understanding. God has allowed us to be stewards of His resources, and people that understand this find great joy in giving towards advancing His kingdom.
  3. Write a support letter and ask. This a difficult for many people to do. But remember that many people will give joyfully to the work of the Lord. So, make a list of all of your friends and family. Write a letter updating them on your life and that God is leading you go on a short-term mission trip. Share a few details of the trip and that you need to raise support. Be clear, concise, and very appreciative.
  4. Post your progress on social media. These days, people use social media for a number of reasons, and few if any are positive. Share with your friends on social media how God is leading you to go on a short-term mission trip. This is a great opportunity to explain why you would want to do something like that, and provide a way for people to give toward your trip. You never know, some people may give that you wouldn’t have thought about.
  5. Inform people how they can pray. As you start to receive financial support, don’t end the communication. Make sure you send each of these people a thank you note, and a way for them to keep up-to-date on what is happening on the trip. Many times, those that invest financial support will also invest great prayer support.

For many people, saying “yes” to going on a short-term mission trip is a big step. Don’t let the fear of raising support keep you from walking in faith. If God is leading you to go on a short-term mission trip, you can trust Him to provide a way.

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