Real Story: Don’t Assume People Aren’t Interested

Recently, one of our missionary families was preparing to sell their home and all their belongings before leaving the country. A relative came over to borrow their paint sprayer since they had pulled it out of the attic in their preparations to move.

As the relative listened to their story of how God had called them to teach in a school in Czechoslovakia, he seemed intrigued.

Not thinking he’d be interested, the missionaries sent an introductory letter about the ministry to him with a follow-up phone call to see if he would be interested in being a part of their financial partnership team.

He texted them back, almost immediately, and said, “Yes, put me down for $200 per month. And can I keep your paint sprayer while you're gone?”

Of course, they responded with an emphatic, "Yes!”

A few weeks later, they saw that he had posted a picture of their family with the following message on his Facebook page:

"Proud to support my cousin and his family as they will soon be heading off to Europe to be part of a team that will teach children of missionaries that are in the field spreading Christianity. They will also have the opportunity to teach non-Christian children in their school. This is a very important mission. Without teachers like my cousin and his wife, many missionaries would not be able to spread the Word of God. This program is a great cause that my wife and I support. I am asking my friends to help by contributing what you can to this tax-deductible organization.”

Stories like these remind us that financial partnership is right within our reach. We just have to share—and ask.

Tying the financial ask to the impact is extremely important because the bottom line of fundraising is all about what we are accomplishing together. When you can learn to share stories of impact in the right way and ask others to be a part of your ministry with you, your partners will become proud supporters of your ministry (and stay proud partners for years to come).

To learn how—connect with us today.

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