Finding the blessing in fundraising.

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Fundraising.

I hear that word and want to bolt. I struggle with fundraising. When it was time for me to send out my fundraising letters my palms started to sweat and my heart started beating fast. I know, I am the Queen of Drama. But honestly, I have a problem with fundraising. I finally sent out the letter, but not without a lot of proofreading and prayer.

Now, in this part of my journey fundraising is critical, and somehow I feel frozen. Because to me I feel like I’ll never get to the amount I need. The question I ask myself is, “How do I make my cause and my mission sound legit enough for people to invest into my ministry?” I find this question popping up a lot when I think about fundraising, and I also feel a boat load of worry swimming up.

However, throughout all of this I am learning that this is what depending on the Lord really means. I feel my faith being stretched, and it is NOT comfortable. I have confidence though, at the end of this whole journey the Lord will get maximum glory no matter what. I am learning, possibly struggling, to grasp the concept of fully depending on the Lord. I find myself trying to take control and telling God, “Hey, I got this part.” (I gotta lot of nerve, huh) But God, ever so patiently, has been telling me, “No, Bayli. I got this part.”

And this is not some one moment thing. I have to do this daily. I wake up reminding myself that God’s got this. It’s in His hands. So as I freak out about getting funds to cover this trip, Jesus nudges me and I willingly hand over the reins. I realize, alone, I can’t accomplish this. But when I let the Lord take control it seems like the word impossible is not even apart of the vocabulary.

As I put things in perspective I am thankful for this opportunity to fundraise. I am learning daily to depend on the One who knows my heart and all of my dreams.

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. 

Psalm 62:5-8

4 thoughts on “Finding the blessing in fundraising.

  1. I know exactly how you feel!! It was the hardest part for me to write my letter. I had to pray to break pride off because it was my pride that kept me from opening up about my need. It’s still hard to ask for money, but I’ve learned that God uses some of the least likely sources to provide. I’m so proud of you!!! :~)

  2. hudson taylor tells us, “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.” what an encouragement that is for us, no?

    one thing i always remind myself about is that it is God’s work. me going out – that is God’s work. people giving financial gifts b/c they want to be a part of the ministry – that is God’s work.

    in the end, it’s not about us and trying to sell ourselves and whatever ministry we’re joining in. sure, we must do our job to share with people what the needs are, why it’s difficult to reach that certain tribe/people/country, why you’re going, etc. – but the rest is up to God to work in their hearts. after all, you don’t want it to be a “business” relationship – they pay and you just go. you want them to understand that by giving, they are actually participating in this ministry! ever since i approached partnership development (what we call fundraising) in this way, it has taken such a load off my shoulders and helped me to give it all to God to work out! after all, if He wants me there, He’ll get me there in His time! 🙂

    keep on, sister, and may your faith in Him grow exponentially as you see people joining with you in your ministry to come! 🙂

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