God has clearly called you and you’ve been serving the Lord for years on the mission field. You are thankful for God’s provision to you through the Body of Christ.
One day you wake up and realize that your support account is in the negative. You need more financial support. What? More change? You begin to sweat. You realize that the amount of sweat is more than the usual sweat you already sweat because of the humid climate you live in.
What do you do now? You need some cash, the eternal kind of currency.
The first thing to do is don’t panic.
Next, figure out why you are under-supported. Did some supporters stop giving? Which ones? Do some key partners give periodically? Maybe a big gift is around the corner. Whatever you do, keep trusting in God’s provision.
The Lord has not given up on you and He never will. He will continue to provide for your needs.
Sometimes though He changes the way He works. I’ve seen Him use money in the lives of missionaries to get their attention, to say, “hi, I’m still here and we need to chat.”
Other times the circumstances of your partners have simply changed and you need to find additional partners who are willing to join your journey. It’s time to roll up the sleeves, develop a strategy, and pray.
In the coming months we’ll hammer on this topic until we are tired of it – and then we’ll say a little bit more. Get your ideas to share and your questions to ask ready.
For now do this:
1) Pray for the Lord to meet your needs
2) Create a realistic plan
3) Start contacting current and potential partners to share your need
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