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Spare change or major investment?

By Fiona Mearns | 19 January 2017

spare change or major investment

How much of your working time do you spend on your support-raising? A couple of hours a month? Maybe a day a month? Actually, triple that and you might then be giving it enough time according to Myles Wilson of Funding the Family Business.

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The Voices of Advent

By Alexandra Khan | 26 November 2016

Think of Advent and what springs to mind? Angels and shepherds? The journey of the magi? Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem? But what about the prophets?

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Top Tips for Connecting With Your Supporters This Christmas

By Fiona Mearns | 9 November 2016

Top tips for connecting with supporters this Christmas

Christmas is coming, and whether or not you’re the sort of person who has everything organised and check-listed to within an inch of its life, Christmas is a God-given opportunity in countless ways.

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The Cost of Change: How Brexit Might Impact Christian Worker Finances

By Fiona Mearns | 7 September 2016

The cost of change - Brexit and Christian Worker Finances

As if we weren’t already aware of it, the last few weeks have underlined the fact that nothing on Earth is certain.  The ripple effects of the Brexit vote continue to play out but we have already seen a fairly dramatic effect on currency exchange rates.  Since 24 June, the value of Sterling has dropped against many currencies creating as much as a 15% reduction in the exchange value of donations from supporters for some Christian Workers based abroad.  The suddenness of the fall has created a problem for some who are finding their incomes being cut while bills and general living costs in their country of residence remain the same.

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Holidays for missionaries: luxury or necessity?

By Fiona Mearns | 6 September 2016

Holidays: luxury or necessity? - A Stewardship blog

As I write this, the summer holiday season is coming to an end, and the resorts, camps and festivals are winding down for the winter.  For some, holidaying involves passports and foreign currency, for others it’s camping equipment and windbreaks.  Summertime, and particularly the school holidays, seems to exert a call to holiday as strong as the need for the swallows to migrate north in May. 

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Time for a sort out...

By Fiona Mearns | 17 August 2016

 time for a sort out

It generally happens once a year or so.  My husband and I will take a look at the expanding pile of financial paperwork in our home office, and utter the words “it’s time for a sort out”. 

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Holding the Ladder

By Fiona Mearns | 16 August 2016

holding the ladder

Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles . . .

With the rapid pace of change over the last few weeks it has been hard to get fully to grips with all the stories behind the headlines.  One of those headlines has been the effect of the Brexit vote on currency exchange rates. 

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Missionaries: How to Talk to Potential Supporters

By Fiona Mearns | 16 June 2016 | Comments (2)

how to talk to suporters

Picture the scene – you’ve been invited to speak to a group about your work.  It’s gone well and there has been lively discussion and prayer.  Then over coffee one person approaches you and tentatively suggests they might like to support you in your work.  Your first instinct may be to clasp them in a bear hug weeping tears of relief or there may be an embarrassing pause as you try to suppress a look of complete shock.  So what might in fact be a helpful response?

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The Stuff of Life

By Fiona Mearns | 10 May 2016 | Comments (7)

The Stuff of Life - a blog by Stewardship

I’ve recently been clearing out my mum’s house and garage.  It’s OK, she’s comfortably installed in a lovely little flat with all her essentials round her.  What’s left is the accumulated stuff of a life – some useful ; some not so useful.  It’s not been an easy process because it’s challenged both of us on what we hold dear and why.  Four complete tea sets vie for their place in my cupboard; choosing which dearly loved ornaments to keep and which to give away; realising that there are only so many doilies one can use – all these things can start to make you see what’s important.

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Stories of Anonymous Generosity from 40acts 2015

By Fiona Mearns | 16 March 2016

Stories of Anonymous Generosity from 40acts - a Stewardship blog

Anonymous.  Smacks of something impersonal doesn’t it?  A faceless, nameless, featureless thing of unknown provenance.  But when you put ‘anonymous’ together with ‘generosity’ and put it in the hands of the 40acts community it becomes something rich, inventive, full of colour, warmth and sheer personality.

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