Three Myths About ‘Living by Faith’ With Finances (Pt. 3)
Finances can be a major hurdle when it comes to missions. It can not only prevent a missionary from fully committing to their assignment, but it can scare a person away from fulltime missions, as well.
But I want to encourage you: there is hope!
Most of our preconceptions about finances in missions are simply just that: preconceptions. The enemy uses fear and confusion to prevent the Great Commission from getting out there. My hope with this post is that you can begin to see God’s truth amidst these fears about finances, so that you can boldly pursue His calling for you this season!
3) “There’s no way that I can raise this much money on my own.”
As much preparation that you can possibly do, there will be a time where this feels overwhelming. You run the numbers, adding up all of your expenses: rent, food, insurance, tuition costs (if you’re a student), you get that final number of how much money you need a month, and then, you break into a cold sweat.
“There’s no way that I can do this on my own.”
And you know what?
You’re absolutely right.
Jesus says “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NIV [Emphasis Added]
Living a life in missions, no matter how long or short, is such a huge step of faith, particularly because of how the financial situation is contrary to what we are used to culturally. In transitioning into missions, we can be deceived that we are now losing our independence, when the truth is, we never had it in the first place. The God that has provided you with work, with money for school, with every meal you’ve ever had, is the same God that is preparing the way for you right now for this next season of your life. A life of dependency is what bears fruit.
Here is a brief testimony: I started my time with YWAM preparing for one of their Discipleship Training Schools (DTS), and I was struggling to gather the finances in order to attend. I had just graduated from college, and was frankly too proud to raise support. I had resolved to raise all of the finances by myself, and so I waited as many tables as I could, getting myself to around fifty percent fully raised. Next thing you know, not only did family circumstances arise, but the restaurant where I worked closed up shop overnight. In a short amount of time, I had lost everything I strived to raise. It was then that I had to learn to swallow my pride and begin sharing what I was doing with going into missions. I was floored at how quickly the word got around, and before I left, I had enough to cover the full cost of the entire school, lectures and outreach, with plenty of finances left over!
For as many stories I hear about people struggling with finances, I have heard countless more of how God has provided in crazy, marvelous ways. He has a timing that transcends our understanding, but nevertheless, He never fails.
My prayer is that as you consider going into missions for the next season of your life, that you bring finances to His throne of grace, and surrender it fully to Him. With the confidence that comes from clarity, may you receive the boldness to share what God has placed on your heart, and with joy (not fear), step into serving the Kingdom in this exciting new way.
-Christopher Balbi, YWAM Sarasota
PS: If you have more specific questions about gathering a financial partnership team, I would totally recommend that you read Partnership Development: for the fully-funded Missionary by Rob Parker. It is excellent at not only breaking down the fears and misconceptions that come with raising support, but also equipping you with both Scripture and skill to faithfully carry out the process.