I don’t know about you but I have been bombarded by major non-profit organizations vying for my donations. Red Cross. YMCA. American Cancer Society. I have even seen a few mission organizations campaigning for these coveted donations (oops, maybe wrong adjective).
I have not seen a single missionary yet doing their own #GivingTuesday campaign.
I wanted to take a moment to give a defense for why you should consider giving directly to missionaries instead of these top-level organizations.
Giving and supporting a missionary or missionary family is like shopping at a small business. (#SmallBusinessSaturday was just this weekend.) It doesn’t feed the pockets of an already-rich CEO but provides food on the table. It is literally bread and butter.
It helps pay the rent, clothe and feed the family. It pays for visas to enter and remain in country. It helps with language school so that the Gospel can be shared with unreached people in a meaningful way and the Bible can be taught to them in their heart language. It provides Bibles and Bible study materials in local languages for the people. It frees the missionaries up to focus on the task or role they were sent to do without worrying about where the money will come from.
One of the top reasons missionaries return from the field and don’t accomplish the task is because of financial deficit. In previous generations missionaries were traditionally supported by churches and mission boards at an organizational level. That model of support doesn’t really work anymore. It is you and it is me who are responsible for supporting and giving to missionaries- giving to the Gospel. It is where the “one another” passages and the “every nation” passages join together.
As the Body of Christ, we need to rally around the precious Sent Ones so they can complete their task and remain faithful to their call.
There is no greater cause we can support this #GivingTuesday than the Cause of Christ and Advancing the Gospel.