A better title to this would be “Six Joys of Establishing The Partnership Base Needed in Order to go and do Gospel Work in The Housing Schemes of Scotland” … since that is actually what we are doing. I would not be the first to point out that the term fundraising falls short of what is actually taking place here. We are not simply out to shake whatever money we can out of folks to meet a said financial goal to do a specific work. We do have a said goal financially, we do have a specific work we will be doing, and we do need money to do all of it. However, we seek individuals and churches who share in our desire to make the Gospel known in areas of Scotland where it is currently largely unknown…the housing schemes.
While I could legitimately write about who and what and where we will be leaving to do ministry and the challenges of establishing a partnership base, time would be better spent focusing on the unique joys of establishing a partnership base to do ministry work. So, just to name a few of the joys…
Seeing individuals and churches getting excited about the work. We believe this is what we should be doing, so it is validating (not to mention a source of joy and encouragement) when others get excited about the work too.
Deepening of already existing relationships. The majority of these relationships will become long-distance instead of local when we move to Scotland in a few months. However, there is something about meeting, eating, visiting, and discussing mission work that deepens relationships that are already there.
Opportunity for new relationships. I believe that from almost every church we’ve been to over the past year have come new relationships. Other believers who we did not know beforehand have now joined together in a common goal of making the Gospel known more in Scotland.
Catching up with old friends. We never know who may be interested in partnering with us in this ministry. In calling up and/or meeting with people we haven’t spoken with in a while (largely because of the busyness of life and living in different areas), we get to catch up a bit and learn of what has been happening in their lives.
Seeing the work that is happening in Scotland. We first learned of 20schemes (the ministry we are working with) two years ago (you can find out more about them here www.20schemes.com). They are doing solid Gospel work, and we are looking forward to joining in the work.
Witnessing God provide. Raising the necessary funds to move a family overseas to do ministry work full time comes with a somewhat intimidating budget, not to mention that life continues to happen while seeking out partnerships. What else can we do except what we can and trust God to provide what we need. He continues to do that abundantly, and we are just humbled and grateful.
These are just a few of the joys, and quite truthfully, not everything has been peachy. There have been times of discouragement and words of criticism have come our way, but it’s not wise to let a passing rain shower ruin an otherwise sunny day.