Written on April 1, 2011. I had just started talking with Nathalia.
Pacing about piles of my clothing on the floor.
Thinking all these thoughts about how I wanted more.
Life ought to be lived to the highest of degrees.
As simple as that sounds, I still find it hard to please
myself in all the things that I do hope still to achieve.
Perhaps my lot in this short life will come about with ease.
Or maybe struggles are for me, my anthem through the fire
God, my hope, is comforting, while trudging through this mire.
I sent this email out to those I support toward the beginning of the year. It’s been helpful when deciding whether to support someone or not, and people have appreciated the thought given to the decision. I’d recommend coming up with a list of priorities to everyone.
I’m changing how I go about financially supporting people to reflect my personal convictions and priorities, while remaining biblically faithful. If you are receiving this email, it means that I financially support you.
- Enabling and encouraging new missionaries
- I want to be able to say yes to people who are testing the missions field, enabling them to experience what it is like.
- Once a person has experienced missions, their pool of potential financial support will likely increase.
- Focusing on long term missions
- I have seen how effective long term relationships are when reaching difficult hearts.
- Focusing on unreached peoples
- I can’t single-handedly counterbalance statistics that show how small a percentage of support goes to unreached peoples, but you always fail if you never try.
- This will negatively affect those of you who are domestic missionaries.
- Rebalancing my giving
- I love my local church and have become convicted of how my support for it compares to other ministries.
- Bethlehem is a magnet for missionaries, often painfully so (i.e. folks come for training and support, you love them, they leave). Thus, giving to my church is strategic for global outreach.
I don’t intend this change to be reflected in my prayers for you. I’ll continue to plead with God to bless your ministries, to win and build (and send) disciples who love Him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.
This is not an exhaustive defense of these convictions. Please be gracious in your reading. Give feedback if you feel it appropriate.