Reframing Fundraising

by Jessica Purdy

An important perspective

If you are someone who hates the idea of asking people for money and you dread fundraising with every fiber of your being, or if you are someone who is excited for all of the events and activities that fundraising can bring, or if you’re somewhere in between, it’s important to keep a proper perspective.


First, remember to pray. Put God at the front and center of your fundraising process. In Mark 11:23-24 Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” And in John 14:13-14 Jesus says, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” As Christians, we have the opportunity to ask our heavenly father, the creator of the universe, for His power to accomplish His will on earth. For more on how to pray extreme prayers in Jesus name, Check out Greg Pruett’s book Extreme Prayer.

Pitch in yourself

Regardless of whether or not you pay for the trip yourself, it is important to invite people into partnering with you for this trip in prayer.  However, you may be jumping to assume that others should also bear the bulk of the financial burden. There is nothing wrong with that assumption considering how expensive mission trips can be, but if you haven’t considered investing any of your own financial resources into the trip, you should reconsider.  If you’re treating the mission trip as a free vacation to part of the world you wouldn’t be able to visit otherwise, your motives need to be revisited.

God raises the funds

Second, remember that God is the one who raises the funds. We understand, fundraising is a daunting task and it can feel overwhelming at times. But it is at times like these we can rest confidently knowing that God is in control. In Matthew 6:25-26 Jesus says,  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Remember that God is ultimately in control and knows what you need and how to meet those needs.

Growing your faith

Lastly, remember that this trip is about learning and growing in your faith through humble service. Make sure you aren’t holding on to the mentality that this trip is about how much good you can do for others, but instead keep in mind that this is an opportunity for you to build relationships and grow closer to God. Always keep the attitude of a humble learner and make sure to keep in mind that you probably do not know as much as you think you do. There are always opportunities to learn, make sure to keep your eyes and heart open for these.


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