Have you ever heard these words uttered from the lips of your parents when you were complaining about how hard your life was, or am I alone on this? Anyways, I can remember complaining about something and having my mom or dad spatting off this proverbial nonsense like it just happened the day before. But whenever they said it, the corners of their lips would curl up like they were fighting back a smile, and the tone of their voice echoed a type of silent laughter. It almost seemed as though they knew what they were saying was nonsense,` yet they enjoyed saying it anyway. Of course I find myself in the same situation with my own kids…uttering the proverbial nonsense that has been passed down to me. I also now have a better understanding about the joys hidden in saying them.
While I know that the phrase “up hill, both ways, in the snow with bare feet” is kind of a silly way of telling your kids that their lives aren’t really that bad, I sometimes feel the proverb rings true when it comes to fundraising.
Fundraising is that necessary task that all missionaries will find themselves doing through the life of their ministry. Before a missionary ever gets to the field, they find themselves in the full-time task of raising funds. Who would have thought raising money for doing what God has called you to do could be so hard. After all isn’t everybody else as excited about my ministry as me? Doesn’t everybody dream of dragging 7 kids through multiple airports to arrive in a culture in which you know very little about to minister to a people you can’t communicate with. It excites me to no end…”Sign me up! ….Oh, I already am signed up…. Cool!”
I was once told that fundraising would end up being one of the most rewarding experiences of ministry. Although it looks like an impossible task, you will be blessed beyond comprehension by the generosity of others and the unlimited source of God’s provision. I am finding this to be true. While currently we are only at 29% of our monthly needed pledges, the generosity of others has been amazing. We have seen God provide and we are blessed beyond words at every cent that comes in.
Right now I stand looking up at my Mount Everest budget wondering how I will ever make it to the top. But I know that while it is going to take a lot of blood, sweat and tears, once I reach that summit it will truly be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.