As with any mission effort, there will no doubt be many in your group who will need to raise support to come. This is something that is often looked upon with as much excitement as having six root canals.
But fund raising doesn't have to be viewed as a chore. Instead, it gives others an opportunity to be involved in the Medical Mission that you are going on. Many of these people can't go on a Medical Mission trip themselves, but can help you to go. Give them that chance.
Some in your group will feel that they cannot ask anyone to help them go. Be very careful here. This situation may be caused by pride. Satan may be using this as a means to stop you from going with the message of the Gospel. He will do anything to keep you from taking the saving message. If he can stop you before you even go, then he wins in several ways. He stops you from taking the message, and stops those you would have taught before they even hear the message. Don't let this happen because you are embarrassed to ask for help. Remember, you are not asking for help for yourself, but for help in taking the message of Jesus to the lost.
Below, you will find a sample letter. This letter has been used by hundreds of our workers, going all over the world. It is very effective. Take it, and make it your letter. Then send it out. Send it to everyone you know. Don't make the decision for them by saying to yourself, "Oh, I won't send Uncle John this letter, he can't (or won't) help." Let the person make the choice themselves. Send it to everyone.
Someone once told me that they didn't understand why they had gotten such a small response. I asked them how many letters they sent out and they replied by saying, "I sent 6 letters, but each person I sent them to could have sent me the entire amount I need." I turned to someone else in the group who had already raised her support and asked her how many letters she sent out. Her reply was 116!
The point here is this, SEND LETTERS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW. Don't just send to a few people who you know have money. Send it to everyone. And don't make the mistake of not sending the letters to people who you know are already involved in other projects. They are the ones with mission hearts! They are more likely than anyone to help you in your efforts for the Master.
And as you send the letters, pray, pray, and pray. Ask for God's blessing on your efforts, and ask for God's peace. He will bless you beyond belief.
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