In previous posts, we explored different aspects of the various partnerships International Missions (IM) has with other organizations working internationally. Now, we focus on funding these partnerships.
Many people (both constituents in our churches as well as IM workers) volunteer their time, experience, and expertise to cooperate in the various ministry projects we have with our partners. Money is not the only resource, but it is an important one.
Missionaries involved in ministry projects on their fields are the natural fundraisers for them. IM has traditionally relied on this method. However, we do not currently have IM missionaries assigned to most of our partnerships and, therefore, do not have these natural fundraisers. This creates a challenge for raising the necessary resources.
The current solution is to use the World Missions Offering (WMO) as our principal source of partnership funding. (Note: not all of our approximately 18 partnerships receive funds.) If you, or your church, are interested in supporting our IM partnerships, please contribute to the WMO. You may give during the main emphasis month of April or at any other time of the year.
The long-term solution for funding our partnerships is engaging individuals and churches in ongoing involvement with at least one partnership. As you pray for the projects being carried out and make trips to get to know them personally, you can also designate a regular (preferably monthly) contribution to the partnership account of your choice. Designated giving donors are key to maintaining and expanding what we do in collaboration with our partners.
Your financial engagement makes a tremendous difference as we work with our partners to take the gospel to the ends of the Earth, disciple new believers, equip the saints for the work of the ministry, and bring “help, hope, and healing” to those who are needy and broken.
 Besides contributing to the funding of IM partnerships, the WMO also helps missionaries whose accounts are in the deficit or struggling, as well as providing part of the general fund income.