Question #7: How do we Raise money for all we do?

Poorly!   That’s the short answer. Neither Chris nor I have been good at raising money.  We don’t like it and we don’t like many of the models we’ve seen for doing it.

Basically the answer is, we’ve prayed and told people the need when they’ve asked.  As you’ve seen, we also suggest every once in a while, in a general email update, that you could pray for provision – or something like that.  It’s an indirect way of saying “help” I suppose.  We really do believe, however, that when we and others pray, God provides.  And he always has!

Our total budget is small.  I’ve had many people comment over the years at how surprised they are by the size of our budget as compared to the amount of “work” God seems to accomplish through us.  That would actually be a goal of ours – to stay small, mobile, simple and get a lot done.  Because we work with and through so many others, we can get by on the bare minimum.

I want to constantly be reminded that it’s not about us. Not about money. Not about the size of our organization. But about God getting lots and lots of glory, fame and honor.  It’s by, for and to Him!

Poorly! That’s the short answer. Neither Chris nor I have been good at raising money. We don’t like it and we don’t like many of the models we’ve seen for doing it.

Basically the answer is, we’ve prayed and told people the need when they’ve asked. As you’ve seen, we also suggest every once in a while, in a general email update, that you could pray for provision – or something like that. It’s an indirect way of saying “help” I suppose. We really do believe, however, that when we and others pray, God provides. And he always has!

Our total budget is small. I’ve had many people comment over the years at how surprised they are by the size of our budget as compared to the amount of “work” God seems to accomplish through us. That would actually be a goal of ours – to stay small, mobile, simple and get a lot done. Because we work with and through so many others, we can get by on the bare minimum.

I want to constantly be reminded that it’s not about us. Not about money. Not about the size of our organization. But about God getting lots and lots of glory, fame and honor. It’s by, for and to Him!

Comments

  1. Nate & Hillary says:

    YES!! This is what we feel the Spirit had been telling us but its great to hear confirmation from an older and wiser couple who’s been after their Fathers business a couple years longer! 🙂 We love reading your thoughts brother.

  2. airgore says:

    Carl, I certainly applaud your faith in trusting God for your provision and as you have said, he has been faithful. Having said I know that the Bible teaches many ways for us to have faith and trust God for his provision that also include being more direct and asking people to support us. I don’t think either way is better or more spiritual…