We’ve discovered that focusing on what God is doing and the opportunity to join him in that removes the discomfort of ‘asking for money’. When you invite people to come on this partnership journey with you, you’re no longer asking for money to cover your needs (ie begging!) but you’re asking your friends to be involved in building God’s kingdom, together with you and the work that you’ll be doing.
People will catch your passion and support you as a person, not just the work you do. We’ve moved to different teams and countries, and changed roles along the way, and people keep saying they support us in our ministry with Wycliffe, not just to a specific country.
Hannah* joined Wycliffe over 20 years ago and is now involved in people care for a team in Asia
It’s not some kind of magic, though. God doesn’t give when you ‘get it right’ and hold back resources when you’re wrong, because it’s not about earning it in the first place! That’s why the journey metaphor is helpful. We’re ‘fellow labourers’ together with our partners, and parts of the road may be rocky or steep, as well as the bits running through green pastures. There’s God’s part, and there’s ours – communication with our partners about what’s going on, about what God is doing, and drawing them in to journey with us. But through it all, the message from history and from years of Wycliffe’s story is ‘God can be trusted’.
Sometimes I think it’s about the journey with God. He has your attention: what is it he is trying to say? This is not always the case; sometimes it’s just hard.
It’s as much a spiritual journey as a financial one – it can increase your trust and prayer life!
Keith Robinson, Director for Special Projects in the UK
Wycliffe begins the conversation with you right from the start about what developing this personal partnership team looks like for you. Using our own training resources or recommending other books and events, and keeping in touch as you look around you for the people God has given you, we will help you present to others, and live out, a biblical model of finance for ministry. When you’re on a difficult bit of the journey, we’re there to share encouragement and ideas with you and keep you on track. And all for his glory and so that everyone may have the opportunity to hear God speak to them in the way and the language that speaks to them best.
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