When some missionaries get into the rhythm of raising support they start thinking, "If I am at full support am I really trusting God for my finances?"
Like a lot of missionaries out there I have experienced times when God moved in some way to provide for a need I had. But I also feel that while raising my support I am also trusting in God throughout the processes.
Usually when we look in the book of James 2:14-26 and teach "Faith without works is dead" we are talking about acting out our faith. Let me share with you an example.
Let us say God called you to go to a people group and reach them for Jesus. We think about praying for them and getting into a plane and flying there, getting to know the culture, speak the language, and sharing the good news with them. We look for the open door trusting God will open a door for them to understand who Jesus is. We have faith that God called us there. We have faith that there must be an open door to reach them. So what do we do? We pray, look for different ways to reach them, all the while trusting that something will open up.
Loren Cunningham is known for saying, "You do the possible, God does the impossible."
We see then in our ministry, why not in our finances?
We know it is God who called us. We know it takes funds to do that. If that is the case, we also should know that God would want to provide for us. When it comes to our finances, we should do the possible, and let God do the impossible. We should continue to learn the skill of raising our funds and then watch God take care of the things we can't do.
To walk out our faith in our finances we need to do the "work" of support raising as an act of our faith.
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Dustin has been serving as a missionary for 24 years. Here is where he places some of his teaching, thoughts, and updates.