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 many missionaries out there, I had 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 the door to reach them. So what do we do? We pray and look for different ways to reach them while trusting that something will open up.
Loren Cunningham is known for saying, "You do the possible, God does the impossible."
We see this 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 27 years. He has a heart to help train and raise up missionaries to fulfill their calling. He also likes to help train missionaries to raise their own support.