I don’t know a missionary that likes to talk about finances. In fact, I have had many conversations with people that have been thinking about going out into the mission who have been hesitant to take the step simply because they were afraid to ask people to support them financially.
I get it. It’s hard to put yourself out there and tell people that you feel called to go to serve somewhere, but to do that you need their money. I don’t like it either, but I do believe that it’s a Biblical mandate for the Church to support those who “go out”. You read about it over and over again in the New Testament. It was the responsibility of the Church to send. Sometimes that was through encouragement, sometimes through prayer, and sometimes by helping meet the physical needs of those going.
When I was getting ready to move to Haiti I had some very wise people tell me that it wasn’t my job to worry about asking for finances, or even to worry about where they would come from. My job was simply to be obedient and to step out, and along the way let people know of my needs. The rest, is God’s job. It’s his job to put those needs on peoples hearts. It’s his job to open ears to hear those needs. Not mine. I was also told it was a blessing for others to be able to support and that it wasn’t my job to decide ahead of time whether people would participate. Doing so could rob them of an opportunity to be doing what God wanted them to be doing.
We don’t often, or in fact hardly ever talk about our financial needs, especially not here on the blog. But, that said, we’re seeing things taper off. We know a great part of this is that we haven’t been home to be visible to people for a long time. Let’s face it. Everyone is busy and living life and if you don’t see familiar faces and hear familiar voices you just disconnect. It’s never intentional, it just happens. Chris and I have seen ourselves disconnect from people simply because we live here and sometimes we just run out of things that we have in common with people. Not being present is a problem. That’s one of the reasons we so desperately want to go home. We want to be in the presence of those who are our support base.
We need help financially. There, I said it. I’m putting that need out there and leaving it there. Many of you have been praying for the processing of our adoption. Because we are getting to the end of things there are a lot more adoption fees that we need to pay. It’s a bit of a drain, especially when there isn’t much coming in. Also, when we think about taking a sabbatical (because that’s really what it is) we know we will need finances in place to make some of that possible.
If you would like to know more about how you can be supporting our family through prayer, please visit our PRAY FOR US page.
If you would like to know how you can be financially helping us do what we do, please visit the SUPPORT US page. All the info for where donations can be sent is there, and all donations are tax deductible.
Thanks for loving us on this crazy journey!
~Leslie, Chris & Olivia