Identikit of an Ideal Supporter

By Caroline Burns | 25 June 2018 | Comments (1)

Christian Mission - supporters

 

Close your eyes.  Now conjure up the image of your perfect supporter.  Piece together the identikit of that person. 

Let’s start with age: similar to you? Or perhaps older (but not too old).

Background: again similar; helps if they get your cultural references surely?

Next, circumstances: probably on a reasonable to good salary with a steady job. 

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Mission: the push and the pull back

By Fiona Mearns | 29 March 2018 | Comments (1)

What was it that motivated you to go into mission in the first place?  How would you describe the ‘pull’?  Was it a lightbulb moment or perhaps a slowly growing sense of calling? 

During the many training days we’ve run over the last decade we’ve pretty much heard it all and could probably distil it down into this ‘Top 10’

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Missionaries: are you ready for a new year?

By Fiona Mearns | 23 January 2018

A new year – a new start.  New Year’s Resolutions are all very well but they tend not to last.  What we can be sure of is that we worship a God of new starts and of fresh beginnings so now might be the time to apply some fresh thinking to your ministry at the start of 2018.

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Christian workers: why is accountability so important?

By Fiona Mearns | 18 September 2017

Christian workers/Missionaries and accountability groups: the benefits - a blog by Stewardship

Accountability.

We’ve all come across the word but what does it mean in practice and why is it so important?

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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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Could You Live By Faith? Inspiring Stories of Those Who Trusted God With Everything

By Heather Tomlinson | 15 November 2016 | Comments (5)

Throughout Christian history many people have given up stable sources of income to go headlong into a new adventure with God, just because they believed that He asked them to.

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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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One Couple's Generous Journey

By Ruth Leigh | 14 September 2016

One couple's generous journey - a stewardship blog

Suffolk-based Jane and Alan Hutt were leading a comfortable life with secure jobs. Life was settled: they attended a village church and had a strong Christian faith. Their three children were starting out on their own adult lives: one about to start teacher training; one ready to graduate and the youngest about to embark on his university career. The easiest thing in the world would have been to stay put. But in 2013, everything changed when they answered God’s call to move to Nakuru in Kenya and found the Beehive, a home for child mothers and their babies.

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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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