In March, I attended a fund raising symposium with 108 people from thirty eight ministries. The intent for me to go was to learn how to be a regional fund development coach for other staff raising their budgets. My biggest take home however, was a conviction about my own fund development.
During one session we studied Philippians.
1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons[a]:
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,
As you can see, chapter 1 includes his prayer and care for the church that supported him financially. I was immediately convicted. How often do I pray for our donors? I have always been thankful for our donors, but I wasn’t praying for them.
Two things have changed since this symposium. First, our family instituted a new dinnertime ritual: we pray for a donor. Secondly, Sandi and I are working harder to call and write each donor to say thank you and ask for prayer requests. Without you, Sandi and I wouldn’t be on campus. It is a humbling experience to think about the sacrifice that each of you makes so that we can join God’s work in students. Thanks!