We need to raise more support.
We should raise more support.
We ought to raise more support.
How to say it? I struggle with statements about raising support, can you tell? Like, I have a hard time with the term “undersupported.” I mean, wow, does God ever undersupport any of His children? I think not.
We are raising more support. And this time, God is doing in a way that I am being open and speaking out my confusion, my angst, my misunderstandings about all of this, working myself into a clear place with Him about this whole issue because it’s most likely for a lifetime and most likely the job of Yours Truly. And believe me, since I’ve started talking about this (in a safe place), I think that most of us have the same questions I have and wrestle with the same things I do.
A person wrote something that just gave me a flash of insight:
Are you motivated by accumulating stuff that distracts you from your work? Or are you looking to have enough money that you’re not distracted from your work by fear and worry over finances?
You see, I think I need to become temperate about our income. I have this leaning towards asceticism (“extreme self-denial and austerity“) in this issue. I tend to deny myself the liberty to raise a healthy income to the extent that I wear myself down because of it.
So, to become more temperate (not from the extravagant side but from the severity side), we’re fundraising.
I’m so thankful for this understanding. This clarity.
And as I learned the last time I started working through this issue: Our spiritual riches of the fruit of our ministries here are yours for the sharing.