Raising your own support is often the most intimidating aspect of making the decision to serve with Bethlehem Academy. We are here to help you through this process. Our teachers have found that active networking with family, friends, church members, co-works, etc. has proven quite successful. And if you are considering a commitment of just one or two years many people are much more open to discussing how they may be a part of your support team.
Remember, you are not begging. You are providing an opportunity for others to be a part of something that is bigger than both of you. It is a process where God is matching up spiritual resources with financial resources. You, as a missionary, have resources the donors don’t: time & ability to travel, giftedness in your particular area (e.g. teaching). The donor has resources you don’t: financial means to help the ministry move forward. You are a team.
Beyond these general comments we include support raising guidance as a part of our training program as you prepare for coming to Bethlehem. There are also a number of books that address this vital area. A couple that we recommend are:
|ViewPoints: Fresh Perspectives on Personal Support Raising
by Steve Shadrach
|People Raising: A Practical Guide to Raising Funds
by William P. Dillon