As time goes on, I find myself answering certain questions over and over again, so I thought it might be a good idea to put a section up on our website with FAQs.
In order to do this, I have decided to do a series of blog posts to answer questions that we get asked often. If you have a question that you have wondered about before, hit reply to this email (comment below) and I will either answer you in an email or on the blog. If I answer you on the blog, I will send you a free t-shirt from our ministry.
Our goal is to live with character and integrity in all that we do, and I hope this will help answer any questions that you might have.
How much of my donation towards a project actually arrives to the project for which it was given?
This is a great question. Our approach as missionaries is probably much different than what you would expect. When many organizations raise money for a project they find themselves in a position in which very little of what is given actually arrives to the project. There is overhead and expenses (ie. rent, electricity, salaries, etc.) that must be paid. All of these expenses eat away at the donation, causing only small percentage of the gift to arrive at its intended destination.
We understand the logic and the reasoning behind this approach, but we decided to go about fund raising in a slightly different way. Our support comes from generous great-commission-focused churches and individuals. Our supporters very graciously give monthly to make sure that our needs are met. This endeavor of raising personal support takes around 2 years, but once it is done it leaves us in a great place to do the work of the ministry. This small sacrifice makes it possible to do ministry for many years going forward, without needing to eat away at project-specific donations.
Out of every dollar that is given to a special project, 100% arrives to the field to be able to build a church building, buy a school property, or meet any other number of needs that arise from planting new churches. It is very hard to find organizations where this is the case, but we thought that our donors would love to know that all of the money that is given for a specific project is used for the purpose for which it was given.
What amazes us is the generosity of God’s people to see His work accomplished, and just how much more they give when there is transparency and clarity. Again, we would love to answer any questions you may have concerning our ministry.