These 9 obstacles can often come up during your youth group mission trip fundraising, especially when you are raising financial support from individuals.
mission trip fundraising obstacles
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.


  • Thank you so much for this valuable advice on raising Mission funds
    Posted March 31, 2014 10:36 pm 0Likes

    I have been to Russia, Bulgaria, France and japan and now preparing for Liberia in July and Kenya in Dec. I would love to communicate with you if it is ok. IAM NOT A TEEN Lol
    Remain in Grace
    Locky W.JOnes
    Watchman On The Wall (W.O.W)
    Vice President : Leadership& Training
    North Georgia Area Board Team
    Aglow Transformation Team
    Aglow International Fellowship

  • Debbi
    Posted April 2, 2014 11:43 pm 0Likes

    That’s awesome, Locky. We would love to communicate with you. Send me
    your email address. Deb debbiwitt@teenquest.org

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    • Debbi
      Debbi Witt
      Posted June 15, 2015 11:00 am 0Likes

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    Posted August 16, 2015 2:08 am 0Likes

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    • Debbi
      Debbi Witt
      Posted August 16, 2015 12:18 pm 0Likes

      Thanks. We care about missions and we are ready to help you with anything we
      can. We host foreign and home short term missions each summer for teens.

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    • Debbi
      Debbi Witt
      Posted September 4, 2015 2:11 pm 0Likes

      Kristan, Going forward with prayer and God’s leading and timing as
      He directs you to participate in missions, you will experience
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    • Debbi
      Debbi Witt
      Posted October 26, 2015 10:01 am 0Likes

      Thanks so much. We also host mission trips if you have a group or individual who wants to take part in
      next summer’s mission. Contact us and we’ll get you plugged in.

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