These 9 obstacles can often come up during your youth group mission trip fundraising, especially when you are raising financial support from individuals.
Raising financial support from individuals can be a daunting task if you don’t go about it the proper way. The following are some mistakes missionaries make that have become obstacles to those we would like to have join us in our mission ministry.
Many time these simple mistakes can be avoided and God will be free to bless so much more.
1) Not enough prayer has backed the mission
Pray, Pray, Pray. The entire experience of support raising has to be backed in prayer.
2) Not being specific about what you will be doing
Others want to know exactly what type of ministry you will be doing and they also want to know about who you will be working with on this project. Knowledge given to your potential supporters definitely gives credence to your mission and makes them much more comfortable giving.
3) Lack of gratitude
Realize it is oftentimes sacrificial when someone gives. Be grateful.
4) Not reaching out to everyone and offering the blessing of giving to all those you know
I personally know several folks who are constantly looking for ways to give to missions and they are often disappointed they aren’t asked to give.
5) Not taking the time to re-teach about mission trip fundraising and support raising
Folks in our churches don’t understand missions and the especially the “giving” part. They have to be challenge about giving to missions.
6) Neglecting to reach out to supporters as you would family
They are your family – your mission family. They are part of this trip as much as you; they are just a different part.
7) Forgetting to “paint” a picture to your supporters while you are preparing and ministering
God has given us great tools through social media. Keep up with your supporters. Let them know the blessings as they happen. Let them know of immediate prayer requests while on the field.
8) Not following up with a report of your trip
This is where most lack when it comes to keeping supporters. Remember: You might want to return to your field of ministry next year. Keep in contact with your supporters. Let them know how your ministry together brought blessings and salvations.
9) Not praying for your supporters
If who we would like to support us are being defeated by Satan in their life, they will not be able to be a blessing to the ministry of God. We need to stand with them in prayer.
Keep these nine obstacles in mind.
Work on effectively eradicating them from your mission support team. Ask God for wisdom in your relationships with those whom support you. Blessings to you as you plan and raise your support team for your next trip.
What obstacles have you faced with your mission trip fundraising? Have you been able to raise support from family, friends and church members?
Share your youth leader experiences in the comments below.