VERY exciting email yesterday – A Foundation has offered to match donations given to us.
Its been almost exactly 5 years since we left USA to come to Europe. And exactly a year (April 19, 2004) since I wrote The Skinny on Support in response to a blog post called Faith or Gutlessness?, in particular a comment by someone who wanted to help support us with a gift but didn’t know how. During that huge outburst of vulnerability and emotionally draining explanation of why it seems to be so hard for people to send us donations, | did promise to be more open and honest in the future. I am being honest today – even if it is the only time this year when i make our needs known.
Unlike traditional missionaries, we have not had any individuals or families give us small monthly contributions (which must be a traditional church thing) But a number of individuals have sent us money through PayPal or a check to cover our expenses in emergencies. In the 5 years since we left USA, some church groups have covered our backs: The Baptist General Convention of Texas, and DAWN Ministries in particular. The First Baptist Church of Austin has helped with administration for the past 5 years, Glenwood Community Church has been there for emergencies, and Solomons Porch allows donors to give to Boaz through their 501C3. Without these groups, we would have returned home to USA long ago.
How about now?
Well, God is good and we have not missed any meals. Things have often been tight – very tight – but we always have enough. The killer for us now is the weak American dollar and the strong British pound, which means that our level of personal support is far less that what is normal – less than a school teacher, but higher than a bus driver . . . although since we don’t get any benefits in living in a foreign country (no family supplements for our 5 kids, etc) then our situation forces us to be hyper-creative. Sometimes I feel like putting a banner across my blog that says “Make OUR Poverty History”
But there is good news: An email yesterday from a Foundation in USA that has offered to MATCH donations from supporters up to $10,000. This is GREAT! Great for me and great for those of you that want to support us. And every dollar sent to us right now will be DOUBLED.
Paypal? Yes – in the right column.
Need more details? Then send me an email.
Cant send money? Then pray for us.
Need money? Let us know and we might be able to help.
Biggest single need right now? To pay for my plane ticket for California (next week).
Report? The Boaz Report, will be restarted and sent monthly to supporters and key organizations.
Google Ads on my blogs? | have not felt the freedom from God to sell advertising or charge money for my blogging, speaking or writing. After 25 years of speaking at conferences and churches, I have never asked a fee. This will continue. Maybe I need another paradigm shift, but this is where I am right now. “Freely, you have received, freely give”
WWHHHHEEEEEEWWWWWW . . that was hard!