International (MNN/E3 Partners) — Imagine feeling a call by God to do something incredible, to change lives and advance the Gospel somewhere untouched by the story of Jesus. Christians all over the world sense this tug on their hearts, but they often run into a common obstacle: raising financial support.
Missionary work, while noble, isn’t a profitable task. In order to survive, many seek financial support from their Christian brothers and sisters.
Between air travel and the internet, the world is much smaller than it once was. It often takes less than a weekend to traverse the globe, and we can video chat with mission teams from smartphones in the most rural parts of Africa.
But the same problem remains.
Leaving everything behind and dedicating your life to missions still requires raising financial support. It’s an act of faith that demands complete dependence on Christ and is among the most difficult aspects of missionary work.
HOW SUPPORT-RAISING WORKS
The e3 Partners team consists of 400+ dedicated individuals who serve alongside over 2,000 national partners in nearly 50 countries. In addition to training local believers to advance the Gospel, planning mission trips, and planting new churches in unreached areas, each of these staff raise financial support for their own salaries and resources. This allows the ministry to rapidly press into new regions as God draws them to the mission.
When you support a field worker’s personal account, you are providing for more than that family’s salary and health insurance. You’re covering their ongoing training, resources to assist their work, and a robust operations team at the home office who provides logistical support.
The quicker they are able to build their support team, the sooner they can begin focusing on the task God has put on their hearts. Supporting them is an exciting and practical way to be a part of international missions while still pursuing your own God-given priorities.
THIS VALENTINE’S DAY, SHOW THEM SOME LOVE
With Valentine’s Day coming up, you have a special opportunity to show your love for those who have sacrificed so much for Christ.
This month, we encourage you to pray for, encourage, and support the e3 Partners staff in your life. This can be done in three special ways.
Write a note or prayer of encouragement: Take some time this Valentine’s season to write an encouraging note or prayer for the missionaries in your life. Express your appreciation and love through this special gesture of support.
Support their work: If you’ve never done so, consider a monthly donation of any amount to someone’s financial support account. Even a donation of $25 a month increases their ability to minister and remain focused on field work. Click here to meet e3 staff, learn what they do, and make a contribution.
Tell us why: On February 18-19, e3’s entire staff body will gather in locations across the United States for prayer, worship, and training. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the person you support and tell why you have chosen to do so. Your encouraging words may be used to honor them among the rest of the e3 staff body!
Article by E3 Partners Content Editor Matt Morrison