If my funding dries up, is this God’s sign that I should leave the mission field? Pastor John suggests three options to consider.
If my ministry funding dries up, is this God’s sign that I should leave the ministry? Wow. It’s a good and important question from an anonymous missionary couple. Here’s what they ask.
“Pastor John, my wife and I are in our early sixties and have responded to the call of God we both sensed and confirmed together in his word (via Isaiah 61). We have now been on the field in the battle of human trafficking for almost three years. Our work seems effective in programs that lead to prevention while building the localized reputation of the local indigenous church. Pastors, once marginalized in non-Christian villages, are now sought for wisdom and guidance and viewed as important messengers. The word is being preached and heard. That is the good part.
“We are donor-supported missionaries, and we use every means available from day one to remain connected with our support base — blogs, newsletters, email, prayer cards, etc. All has gone well for two years. Then, in 2017, our support dropped like a rock. We cannot sustain the work we do and have never ‘pressed for funds.’ We have always believed we would describe our mission and let God do the compelling. Should we respond to the lack of provision with the view that God is lifting his call for us here and now?”