College student Ali Neevel must raise $3,500 to go on a mission trip to Sierra Leone. According to her local newspaper the Holland Sentinel, "Fundraising starts with an appeal to family, friends and strangers."
Although many Christians feel uncomfortable about asking for donations, Marc Pitman says that fundraising dates back to Bible times:
Even biblical heroes like Moses, David, Hezekiah, Nehemiah, Jesus, and Paul asked people to financially support God’s work. Despite this, almost every time I’ve told pastors that I love asking people for money they say, “Thank God you like doing that! I hate talking about money. I’m sure glad someone enjoys it.”
I've been thinking about how I can be a better steward of my financial resources and how world missions can be a larger part of my giving.
A friend once told me that there are payers, prayers and players in the kingdom of God. Some people give to missions, others pray and finally others serve on the mission. Even if we never go on a mission trip, we can help others go by sharing the cost of their travel expenses.