*Yes, if you received my latest newsletter, you will essentially be reading the same thing*
Deputized fund raising, raising support, partnership development, itineration, selling yourself… Whatever you call it, that’s what I’m doing these days.
After the initial shock of realizing that I am not in high school or college, but that I’m actually old enough to have a master’s degree, I am asked if I have a job or if I’m looking for a job. This is always a little bit difficult to answer. No, I don’t really have a job but I’m also not looking for one. But I do have plans. And I’m not a lazy or irresponsible millennial in arrested development, I want to add. I’m raising support- or fund raising- or doing PD (partnership development). Who I am talking to dictates what verb I decide to use so that the person I’m talking to isn’t even more shocked and/or confused. (I’m learning that this isn’t the most conventional way to live life).
I feel that partnership development, or PD as we call it in missions circles, most accurately describes what I’m doing these days. Although it is true, I am raising funds, it is so much more than that. If I was just raising funds, I could probably smooth talk my way into a lot more cash. Maybe. In any case my objective would be to get as much money as quickly as possible however I can.
But this isn’t just about raising money. I am developing partnerships. Yes, some of these partnerships need to be financial partnerships but they are not just financial partnerships. I am finding partners in ministry, people who understand the vision to see transformed lives through God’s word in every language and are eager to see this happen.
So what does that look like? Well, it looks like the pictures below. Giving presentations, sending out letters and brochures, writing newsletters, organizing and responding to contacts, etc. It also involves a lot of conversations, often spontaneous. I’ve heard PD compared to an Easter egg hunt- you never know who you’re going to meet and who will be interested in your ministry.
So far I’ve been in Dallas, building up a support base at my home church, which is also my sending church. But I’ll be hitting the road soon, so let me know if you want to chat! Let me know if you know anyone that wants to hear about the need for Bible translation or who already shares the vision. That could be your Sunday school class, church missions committee, home group, friends, mom’s group, family, Bible study, knitting group, co-workers (you get the idea). I’d love to come and share!
As always, thanks for your love and support.