I hope last week’s post helped you better understand partnerships. Now, let’s focus on how we provide resources for partnerships.
Providing monetary funding, though an important resource, is not the only way we assist our partners in ministry.
We provide short-term personnel. Bible institutes and Bible colleges may need specialized courses or professors to assist students in their quest for well-rounded, effective learning. Medical professionals provide medical treatment in the jungle of Ecuador and continuing education at the medical facilities in Doropo, Africa. Partners in Central Asia need construction workers to help provide Hope Centers for the needy. A dormitory in Cuba, Christian schools in Ecuador and Ivory Coast, and new patient rooms in our hospital in Ivory Coast have benefited from short-term construction workers from the U.S. When needed, we provide speakers for special events such as conferences, pastor’s retreats, and other important gatherings.
IM works to identify needs, coordinate projects, and provide personnel for short-term medical, construction, and educational needs. Often, our partner organization The Hanna Project plays the primary role in this effort.
We provide supplies. The hospital in Doropo needs updated equipment, basic medicines, and other supplies. IM seeks resources and ships these to Côte d’Ivoire. We’ve also sent playground equipment to Central Asia, provided eyeglasses and exams in multiple countries, and paid for Bibles in heart languages. Sometimes, the best use of resources is to simply provide supplies and allow the local leaders to distribute or use them in the way they deem best.
We provide financial assistance. Just as it is sometimes more beneficial to provide supplies and let others distribute or use them it may be more feasible to subsidize the salary of a church-planter starting a new work than to send a missionary to a country rejecting missionary efforts. It may make more sense to pay local workers to complete a project than send a team to do it. We provide financial assistance to Bible colleges and Bible institutes in Brazil, Panama, Cuba, Ivory Coast, Central Asia, and Russia so national leaders can train other local leaders for ministry responsibilities. We also assist with some of the expenses related to summer camps, retreats, and conferences in some countries.
You can participate. Many people (both 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. If you’d like to join them, contact us for current opportunities or ways you can help.
The World Missions Offering (WMO) is our principal source of partnership funding. Giving to the WMO during the emphasis month of April, or at any other time of the year, ensures our partners are able to evangelize, disciple and train believers; plant churches; meet medical and educational needs; and so much more. If you, or your church, are interested in supporting our IM partnerships, please contribute to the WMO.
Not all of our partnerships receive funds. But those that do, need you to give so their work can continue.
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.
Note: 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.