Have you ever felt like God called you to go on a mission trip but you didn't even think it would work because it was so much money? Well, I have too and the Lord taught me a whole lot about His faithfulness.
When God clearly told me to do a Discipleship Training School through YWAM I was filled with doubt. Not only was it 6 months away from my job but it would be around $10,000. That is a lot of money for a poor college student. But the Lord told me to go. I knew that I would need to work hard, save money, and steward the money wisely
He told me in January that I would be going to the September school so that meant I had 9 months to prepare and save. I had three jobs plus side jobs almost every other day. I was housesitting, dogsitting, cleaning, babysitting. I did it all. The Lord blessed my hard work and allowed me to get those jobs that I completed. He gave me all those side jobs so that I could save up the money and learn how to save wisely.
Before I left for Kona, Hawaii (the first part of DTS) I had around $11,000. I was so excited about having the money and felt safe. I felt like it was something that I had control over. But a few months into the program, we had a day where we all prayed and asked the Lord if we were supposed to sponsor any other students. The Lord clearly told me to give everything in my savings account to someone. I was really hesitant because I "worked hard for that money and these other people didn't. They came here with no money so they need to work hard for it too." This was my attitude towards it.
In Matthew 20, the parable of the Workers in the Vineyard talks about this exact topic. In short: workers were picked to work for the whole day to be paid. They show up at 9am and work until around 5pm. Some other workers came right towards the end of the day and got paid the exact amount. They got mad because they had been in the hot sun working all day and some other people came right when they were finishing and got paid the exact amount. In Matthew 20:13-15 it says, “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?"
God provides His money for every single one of His children. But He never says how, when or why. But He does.
I had to lay my entitlements down, my control down and know that this was God's money in the end. It wasn't mine because He's the reason I have the money in the first place. So I asked who I needed to give the money to. He told me a name that I have never heard of, so I went to a school leader and asked who it was. I went over to her and gave what I had because she still needed a lot of money. She then goes, "weird question, do you need shoes? I just got these and feel like I needed to give them away." I was thrown off because just an hour prior, I said a short simple prayer asking God to give me something I didn't necessarily need but something He knew I wanted. It was my size Birkenstocks that I had wanted for two years. C'mon.
So enough about me... Here are a few questions I get a lot...
How do you fundraise?
Get up every day with the expectancy for God to move. Know that if He has called you to something, He will not only provide the money needed but provide an abundance of what you need. He created the whole world...I am pretty sure $2,300 for your mission trip is do-able for Him. ;) He doesn't want you to be worried about the money not coming in, He wants to stretch you during the time of waiting. Of course we want the money in our account immediately but through this time of waiting, it teaches us not only to rely on the Lord for finances but for comfort. The type of comfort that doesn't go away but is lasting and 100% fulfilling. I believe that fundraising is the first part of the growth that happens before the actual mission starts.
Wake up and ask Him how He wants to provide for you. Ask Him what He wants you to do for the money. This process is not how good you are at fundraising, it's about how surrendered and obedient you are to the Lord during the process.
I am not a good fundraiser, I am not wired that way...
LIES LIES LIES.
Let me just start out by saying this... Fundraising has little to do with our abilities and everything to do with God's blessings. He is the one that makes all of this happen and provides all the money. Yes, we have a tiny part in it because we have to be obedient to what He says but it's Him.
So take the pressure off yourself and enjoy the process of growing closer to Him. Allow Him to stretch you in ways you never thought possible because, in the end, you will be a much better Christ follower and you'll be more in love with Him because of it.
It's getting close to my trip and I still have a lot left to raise...
Don't worry. Take a step back and remember the calling. The Lord will not call you to something outside your abilities to just leave you there. He is always with us and working where we can't see it. Mark Batterson says, "When everything is said and done, God isn't going to say, "Well said," "Well thought," or "Well planned." There is one measuring stick: "Well done, good and faithful servant!" Faithfulness is not holding down the fort. Faithfulness is chasing five-hundred-pound lions."
We cannot be the one planning how things are going to happen or turn out but we can trust the one who does. We take life day by day and don't worry about tomorrow. Do not allow the enemy to put doubt into your head because he will if you allow it to. The enemy knows what you are capable of doing and he's scared of that. He will try to get you discouraged and believe the lies that because of finances- YOU CAN'T GO. lie lie lie.
Some lil' tips from me...
You are supported by the creator of the universe so take joy in that. You are able to have peace and walk-in confidence because of whose taking care of you. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Hold TIGHT to the calling.
God's timing is way more perfect than yours.
When God promises something, it's not just to say it. He means it. He will come through on it.
When you are faithful to what He says to do, mighty things will happen. Things beyond your imagination.
Friends, if God is calling you to somewhere that is outside of your abilities, GET EXCITED AND TAKE THE CHALLENGE. Because when He calls you to something that cant be done by you, then His glory will be shown. He will transform your heart, the heart's around you, and provide wild testimonies of His faithfulness.