Jody was giving her personal testimony at morning chapel in HCJB Global’s Ministry Service Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A quiet, behind-the-scenes person, this was one of the last things she wanted to do.
Scott was nervously awaiting his turn to speak. He had been struggling for five days about what to say and how to say it. He finally had confidence in what was important to reveal, but how would it come out and could he keep from stumbling?
We were attending The Climb, eight days of training for new HCJB Global missionary appointees. We were one of five married couples, all just beginning to raise support. Sometimes called “friend raising” or “people raising,” appointees typically spend more than a year reaching 100% of their monthly support and the one-time expenses of going to “the field.”
On our first day we learned some of the challenges of our training. In addition to our chapel testimonies, we’d be preparing and presenting our ministry vision to real people in their homes. We’d ask them to donate to HCJB for our support! Both testimony and presentation were terrifying and unlikely for us. We enjoy being in the background, not in the forefront.
But 34 training sessions and many conversations and discussions later, we began to wrap our minds and our hearts around the support-raising process:
- If God wants us in Ecuador, He is already preparing people to pray and to give so we can go; our part is to share our story and discover who our “Senders” are.
- We’re not begging or selling something; we’re sharing an opportunity for obedience and blessing.
- Getting to know our supporters and how we can pray for them is ministry; a ministry which will continue even after we’re in Ecuador.
Our presentations went well, and we were able to use our new tools in ways that fit our personalities and values. It was a huge hurdle for us, but we did “The Ask.” We received valuable advice from our coach. Our chapel testimonies were well received and we both finished before the seven minute “STOP” sign was raised in the back of the chapel.
Heading home to Oregon, we realized that somehow, in just eight days, God had taken us from, “We’re going to do WHAT?” to, “With God’s help, we can do this!”