I wanted to take a moment to give a few reasons why I think you should consider giving directly to missionaries instead of these top-level organizations for Giving Tuesday.
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 for missionaries and their families. It is literally bread and butter.
It helps pay the rent, it clothes and feeds the family. It pays for visas to enter and remain in the 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 the local languages of the people. It frees the missionaries 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 as individuals who are responsible for supporting and giving to missionaries- giving to the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus. It is where the “one another” passages and the “every nation” passages of Scripture join together.
Missionaries like us cannot live out our calling in obedience without you! Your donations and sacrificial giving is our sole means of income.
We need you. The Gospel needs you. Unreached people need you.
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 proclamation of the Gospel of Grace of Jesus Christ.