here’s the deal: give & pray today

9 09 2011

Some of you have been following my story for a while, some are new readers.  I’m writing an email update tonight (sign up here if you’d like to join my email list), but wanted to give my blog readers a shout-out.

My support-raising deadline is technically the end of November, but I think I’ve got till the end of the year.  Either way, that’s not a lot of time, and I’ve only received 34% of my monthly support.  But 63 (or 48) new monthly supporters (and three church or very generous individuals) would meet 100% of my outstanding $2,470 monthly support need.  Here’s how:

  • 1 church or person giving $300 per month
  • 2 churches or people giving $150 per month
  • 3 people giving $90 per month
  • 10 people giving $60 per month
  • 25 people giving $30 per month
  • 25 people giving $10 per month (or 10 giving $25/month)

Which giver are you?

There’s lots of other ways the math could work, but the point is I need your pledge today if God plans to supply my support by the end of the year.  His provision for cross-cultural ministry will come through his people’s giving.

I’m going to help strengthen the church in Kiev using the gifts God’s given me in music ministry, evangelism, and discipleship.  Please pledge now if you haven’t, and pray now for the Lord to provide all my needs and to confirm his calling through the generous giving and praying of his people.

Will you help send me in a manner worthy of God?  3 John 5 – 8 says:

5Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, 6who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. 7For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.



what’s a pre-call letter?

19 07 2011

Sometimes friends ask me what exactly I do when I’m working on my Ukraine support raising. Well, one tool I use is a “Pre-Call” letter. Its a simple, colorful, one-page introduction to my calling to serve with MTW in Kiev, basically a form letter which I customize the greeting and close. I email or mail these out to give people a head’s up that I’ll be calling them to explain my ministry over the phone, or to set up a face-to-face coffee or meal to present my ministry. My pre-call letters also make clear that I’m seeking financial supporters and prayer supporters, and I tell people that I’ll ask them to participate. That way, we’re each expecting it when I tell them my needs and ask them to give and pray.

But you know what? If I were simply fund-raising, I think I’d have quit a while ago. However, support raising is different: I get to remind God’s people that he is building his kingdom by his grace, everywhere, crossing cultures and crumbling idols, claiming the corners of our hearts and the streets of our cities, whether Chattanooga or Kiev. There is no part of this world which doesn’t owe allegiance to our King of grace.

Pray with me, give to send me, and may our Sovereign be acclaimed and praised for his grace and glory, here, in Ukraine, and everywhere.

ora et labora

30 03 2011

My support raising calendar is filling up.  Its not full–there’s still room for me to meet with you if we haven’t already (email me), but I’ve definitely got more meetings scheduled than a few weeks ago.

God is working through your prayers.  I asked you to pray, and to give.  You’re praying, otherwise I don’t think I’d have all of the following Ukraine meetings scheduled: a small group presentation in an hour tonight, meeting with a couple tomorrow evening, a lunch-time presentation for any interested coworkers this Friday, another small group presentation Sunday, meeting with friends in Knoxville Monday, another small group presentation the next Tuesday here in Chattanooga, and then a Wed. night presentation to my old church in Atlanta from my Georgia Tech days.  Thank you, and please keep praying.

If you noticed, there’s a big gap in my schedule there: next Tuesday through the following Monday, April 11th.  Pray that I’ll find people to meet with, individuals, couples, and small groups.  Pray that those people with whom I’ll meet decide to give generously to partner in sending me to Kiev.  Pray that they tell me or MTW a specific monthly pledge before April 15th.  Just think: they could be the very means God answers our prayers that I reach 60% by the 15th.  Have you made your pledge yet?

Ora et labora. Pray and work.  The Benedictine monks knew something about steady work over time, and over hundreds of years the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ transformed Europe from an appendage of Asia into a powerful center of culture and science that brought much good into the world.    Yet for the monks, their primary calling wasn’t to transform the culture, but to faithfulness in their writing, in their gardening, in their library, in their vespers, in the cultural tasks God called them to.  Sure, they bought into a lot of problematic theology, such as religious callings being better or more valuable than secular, but they got at least two things right: life should center on the grace of God in Jesus Christ (hence their motto, “Pax” or “Peace”), and we’re called to work as well as to pray.  God gives us work, and there’s value in doing that work well, for its sake, because it is a gift from God.

So where does that leave you and me?  We’ve a two part task: to pray and work.  If you’re committed to partnering with me and already praying, thanks!  Are you working?  Are you pursuing your calling faithfully before God?  Have you considered giving of the resources God’s given you to help sent me to Kiev?  I’m working reduced engineering hours and increased support raising for Ukraine: writing, emailing, calling, and telling people how God is building his kingdom in Kiev.  Pray and work with me as we long to see God’s kingdom come, here and in Ukraine.