Support Raising Tips
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The first thing to do is to change your view of support raising.
What it is not:
1. Getting people to help you pay for something you can’t afford
What it is:
- Providing people an opportunity to serve God
- Allowing people a chance to be involved in reaching Japanese people
- A way to challenge people in their mission thinking
- A blessing for people to be able to give and help others (Luke 6:38, Mal 3:10, Phil 4:17-20)
- A opportunity for you to see God provide and care for you
- A way to challenge people in their giving
People have a need to give, to be involved in good things. They don’t want to be left out of something exciting or meaningful. Many Christians would love to be directly involved in world missions but are unable to travel. Many do not have the opportunity or availability to go themselves. Giving to you enables them to be directly involved in reaching and ministering to the Japanese people without ever leaving home.
Support raising is a biblical concept:
- Numbers 18:21 and Ch. 35 point out the Israelites responsibility to use their tithes to fund the work of the Levites
- Leviticus 27:30, Malachi 3:10 reiterate the Old Testament mandate setting aside one-tenth of all Israel’s wealth for the Lord’s work.
- Philippians 4 – the church supported Paul financially.
- II Corth. 8 & 9 teaches that those who do the Lord’s work should be provided for financially. (Verse 9:8 “have all you need”)
- Job 41:11 Everything already belongs to God
***Remember, people are more willing to give then we are to ask!!! God will richly bless their giving. It is for their benefit as well as yours. Don’t deny them the opportunity to be involved!!
- First, explain the opportunity that you have. Give specifics on what you will be doing and what you hope to see happen. Give them a vision for the trip. They need to see your heart.
- Tell them that you want to give them the opportunity to be a part of this mission trip. It is through teamwork that the gospel is shared with the world. We can’t do it alone. It’s the body of Christ
- Tell them specifically what you need (the trip cost)
- Ask them for a specific amount. Remember to boldly ask knowing that people want to give more than you want to ask. “Would you be able to give a gift of $50 or $100 or $250?” People need to know what you expect of them.
- Tell them that their gift will make a difference because….
- Tell them how to respond. “Make your checks payable to “Impact Japan” and send the checks to my address.” (be sure to include your address)
Who to ask:
God already has people prepared. Believe it or not, many are waiting for you to ask them.
- Don’t say “no” for people. You’ll find the most unlikely people give the most.
- Brainstorm on a list. Think of Christians that you know in all areas of your life.
-Clubs (don’t forget your kids sports groups also)
-Parents of your friends (or of your children’s friends)
-School acquaintances (PTA, carpool, old college friends)
-Friends in others cities and states
-Friends from previous churches you have attended
-Former employers or customers
Be sure to keep track of who has given what amount. Remember to thank those who support you. A simple thank you note is sufficient when you receive the gift. Then, when you return, write a letter telling them what you were able to do on the trip that they were a part of. Let them know of the things God accomplished on the trip that wouldn’t have happened without their generosity and the generosity of others.