This is an updated/revised post from my old blog. It has been updated to reflect my new ministry and my new budget. These are questions that I get often, or questions that I suspect people have but are unwilling to ask. One friend even asked if I was allowed to talk about my budget. (Answer: Absolutely. It’s actually encouraged.)
So to clear up some confusion and possible awkwardness surrounding the topic of missionary support, here some answers. Have another question I did not answer? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a question in the comments.
Why are you asking for money?
How much money are you talking about here?
My budget is $4300 a month. That does not mean, however, that I am getting paid $51,600 a year. Hardly.
So where does the money go?
Money donated in my name goes into a “ministry account” and is used to pay for the cost of living and doing ministry in Uganda.
My salary is about $1000 a month. ($1009, to be exact). The rest of the budget covers things like rent, health insurance (which just increased), Social Security, life insurance, vehicle maintenance, and the cost of actually doing ministry.
Why should I trust World Gospel Mission with my financial information?
WGM is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (www.ecfa.org). For over 35 years, the ECFA has ensured that member organizations are responsible stewards. They have Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™, which focus on board governance, financial transparency, integrity in fundraising, and proper use of charity resources. You can read more here.
I cannot give much…you are probably interested in bigger churches with better budgets, right?
If I want to give monthly, how long is that commitment?
When I move to Uganda, I will be there for two years. Ideally, you would commit to supporting me the whole term.
What if I pledge to give monthly, but I cannot keep giving?
That’s why we call it faith-based missions. It’s a step of faith for you and me. Very often, things happen, people lose jobs, kids get sick, plans change. But God is faithful. If you cannot continue to partner with me, we will pray and trust that God will call someone else to join the team.
Is it easy to support you financially?
(Just remember to put my name, Lisette Lewis, account #125-15732 on the memo line.)
Is support raising difficult?
Sometimes. It can be awkward talking about money. (I’ve never been great about asking for help– something I’ve mentioned before.) And it can be hard when churches change focus and pick new ministries to support or when budgets change and you are suddenly farther away from your goal than last month. (My friend Emily has a great post about that here.)
But I LOVE talking about Community Health Evangelism and the exciting things God is doing in Uganda and the ways I am privileged to be a part of that. I get to travel around and meet some of the most interesting people– people who are truly excited about God’s work around the world and who are great encouragers for me.
This sounds interesting, but I am not sure. I still have questions.
Read WGM’s inf0rmation about donations here, or email me (email@example.com) with any questions. I love to talk about Uganda–in fact, I am looking for churches, Bible studies, Sunday School classes, home school groups, small groups–any group!– where I can share more about the ways God is working through World Gospel Mission around the world.