I just read a post from a popular gossip column. Apparently, a reality star couple was asking for financial support from their fans. They are missionaries in Central America. The website ripped them up and down for asking for support.
I personally felt my stomach turn as I read the article. Gossip columns are meant to sensationalize, and that is what happened. I find myself very thankful that I am not a reality TV star.
EMM and CTEN, our biggest mission is now fundraising. When people even hear it they feel for us. Fundraising seems to evoke many feelings, mostly because it has to do with money. EMM gave us a book as we first started with them called the Spirituality of Fundraising. It was so important to look at fundraising from God's perspective.
We recognize that through our own efforts, we are unable to provide for ourselves in Belize. We have to depend on others to come alongside of us. People who believe in what God is doing in the Deaf community in Orange Walk.
We are also aware that we have to put effort into it. One lecture at our CTEN orientation was entitled "The Big Ask". We were taught that statistically, the best way to raise support is to ask individually. This was a challenging, yet important thing to discuss. When we were speaking at Finland, Pastor Chris taught an important sermon about all money being God's. How timely for us to remember.
So is our house quiet? Nathanael has been spending every spare moment contacting people. He is using facebook, texting, email and face to face. I have been working at thank you notes to those who supported the work on our internship.
Fundraising has been a learning journey for both of us. I can tell you went into it green, expecting, and dreading. This being our second time at this, I can truly say this is a part of our journey. God has taught us so much through it. Is it our favorite thing? Not really. At the same time, God has guided, encouraged and surprised us. We are thankful to him and to you for where we are.
If you haven't heard from Nathanael (or I) don't worry, you will :). Thank you for being our friends and for supporting us on this journey. Every little bit counts. We are so thankful for the support.