One of our church elders joked once, “Oh, here’s the missionary, looking for money!” I know he was joking, but over the last month or so I’m becoming more convinced that’s all people hear when we call and ask to share our ministry with them. There are times when I feel envious of Paul and his connection with the Philippian church, and how responsive the church was to his needs and the importance of his ministry in furthering the spread of the gospel.
Philippians 4:14-17 “Nevertheless you have done well that you have shared in my distress. Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.”
I’ll be blunt. Yes, when we call or e-mail or knock on your door, we are looking for financial support. However, we’re not asking for ourselves. We are asking for the missionaries in Papua New Guinea, so that through us, they will have the technological tools to translate Scriptures and evangelize. We are asking for the people in Papua New Guinea, who without missionaries to come preach and teach would never hear of Christ’s salvation, and would never have the opportunity to join us in worshiping our Creator. And, we are asking for you, for, like Paul, we seek the fruit that abounds to your account.
Summer time, I’m told, is usually slow for support raising. Our family has been no exception to this. As we entered July, 54% of the funding was pledged. As we are in the middle of August, 56% has been pledged. At 75% we can purchase plane tickets for Papua New Guinea. 20% to go. Only 20%. That’s 14 people who’d be willing to give $3/day. 14 people who will have the fruit from 40 different tribal works in Papua New Guinea credited to their heavenly accounts. Here, today, is your opportunity.
Prayerfully consider partnering with us. Prayerfully consider partnering with another missionary. Prayerfully consider going yourself!