Continuing our series on missionaries up the front of church, one of the complicating factors is fundraising. Money is often a difficult area for Australians to talk about. It’s something Arthur and I gave some thought to while we were fundraising (shameless plug, more info at our financial partnership page!).
But money is about more than money, isn’t it? As Eric pointed out, if you ask for money in the context of telling people they’re not managing their money faithfully, it doesn’t come across too well! I suspect another issue for many missionaries is that pressure to fundraise is also pressure to show that their work is worthwhile. This may be one reason (among many) for why missionaries make themselves sound heroic or sacrificial, although often it just makes potential supporters feel either inferior, guilty, or angry. How you talk about what you’re doing may be just as important for fundraising as talking about facts and figures.