Sunday, September 26, 2010

"Raising" Support

Jason and I are sitting across from each other at my parent's kitchen table. He is working on our initial support letter while I update our blog and contemplate all things "raising support".

Biblically what or how should a missionary be sent? In the American church we've come to accept as norm the raising support campaigns, support letters, forthright asking, etc. However, we've wrestled with what exactly should this season of raising support look like. Here are the main points of struggle and the tension thereof: We're fearful of cultivating relationships for the "what's in it for me". We're fearful of striving instead of trusting God as THE Provider of all things. We're excited about the mutual enjoyment of our Global God, with other believers, Who uses ordinary people (like us) to advance His Kingdom enterprises even in Haiti. We're excited to partner with senders who will receive His approval in their generosity.

So what does it look like to trust God for the provision needed to be sent - what does it look like to partner with other believers - what does it look like to reveal our practical/spiritual needs to the body of Christ... These are the questions swirling around in our hearts and minds.
On our way home from church it seems we've discovered a theme verse for the year ahead. This verse brings clarity and balance - as God's Word always does.

Matthew 6:33
seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

In all that we do and in every relationship we encounter our focus needs to be seeking Him and His righteousness. As we live and love in Nebraska - He is our goal - His glory is our joy whether the topic of our mission needs are on the table or not.

That's all for now from these Schmicklets as the Spirit applies His profound, yet simple truth to our daily go. May the Lord bless each of you with more of Himself!

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