To reach £4 500/month in committed monthly support.
As of 6th July 2016, we currently have:
£2 006.83 committed/month.
1.Faith & Partnership
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart… and he will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5-6
(Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 22:14; Luke 8:3; 2 Corinthians 9:7)
We believe in a God of unlimited resources, to whom we have pledged total obedience. The God who has commissioned us as missionaries is the same God who commissioned Abraham, and revealed himself as Jehovah Jireh, the God who Provides. We are committed to stepping out in faith even if it is not immediately obvious where the money will come from, trusting that God will never let us down.
Like Jesus, our financial supply usually comes through people who know us and believe in God’s calling upon our lives. Because we trust that they are just as able to hear God’s voice as we are, we invite people to pray for us and give in obedience to what and whether they feel God speaking to them. We are completely uninterested in manipulating people to give us funds, knowing that committed Christian partnership is a much richer thing than can be expressed with mere money.
Above all we are grateful to God for his innumerable gifts, of which the greatest is the gift of salvation accomplished by Christ upon the cross. We want our whole lives to be responses of gratitude. And as we invite others to give to our ministry, we want to ourselves be giving generously and unashamedly to the ministries of others, making the most of the privilege we have as full-time missionaries to see an abundant variety of opportunities to give to worthy causes.
Though we are unpaid volunteers, we are nevertheless full-time workers. We seek to be good stewards of our time, energy and resources, expecting great things from God, and attempting great things for Him.
4.Contentment & Thrift
“But godliness with contentment is great gain” 1 Timothy 6:6
(Psalm 73:25-26; Philippians 4:11-13; Proverbs 30:8-9 Psalm 37:16)
It is a strange way of life where you have no fixed salary but simply have to decide how much you need to live and then can invite people to help you raise the decided amount. In order to stay sane in the midst of this, we must learn the secret of being content “in plenty and in want”–and the secret is that our fundamental desire is ultimately and essentially for God alone.
In the midst of the shifting seasons of more and of less, we aim to be thrifty without being bound by a miserly poverty mentality: cutting costs wherever we can effectively do so, while recognising that there are some things that are worth paying for.
Our God is a God who wants the saints to be “fully equipped for the work of ministry”. We are therefore not ashamed to spend money on equipment that is helpful to our ministry, making the most of the capabilities created by laptops and smartphones to communicate more effectively and on a wider scale. We seek to be well equipped so that we can do excellent work–but are nevertheless frequently reminded that God’s power is made perfect in weakness, and that while technological equipment might produce superficial excellence, this is no replacement for the excellence of heart and character that money cannot buy.
6.Accountability & Transparency
“And he called him, and said unto him, ‘How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship…’ “ Luke 16:2a
(Romans 14:12; 2 Corinthians 6:3,11; 2 Kings 22:7)
We meet up each year with an Accountability Group made up of six trusted friends, with whom we share our financial situation, and who ask us probing questions. We are eager to be open and accountable–but I am yet unsure of whether a thorough auditing of our every financial transaction is required or even desired by our partners. If you would appreciate more information as to how your gifts are being spent, then please ask and we will endeavour to give you a full account.
7.Sustainability & Teachability
“Run in such a way as to win the prize” 1 Corinthians 9:24
(Hebrews 12:1; Luke 14:28; Deuteronomy 20:19-20; Proverbs 13:1)
We are in this for the long haul, and therefore need not support that will not merely allow us to survive through the next year or two, but will help us to thrive for decades in the ministry God has called us to. As such we do need adequate financial support, but even more important we need a rich and wide network of deep relationships, and abundant wisdom. We want to always be eager to learn and grow in understanding.
Partner with us
Please would you pause and pray right now, and ask God how you might be able to partner with us. Maybe you will feel led to give, maybe you will feel led to pray. Maybe there are others you know who would be interested in supporting our ministry. Do “whatever you have decided in your heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”