Raising support is a challenging process. It requires much of us: faith in God, courage, and perseverance. It requires our time. It takes an emotional toll. It might even bring you to ask yourself why even bother with support-raising at all.

The truth is, raising support is the first stage of learning that King’s Domain Summer Mission provides. You may think the spiritual growth and learning begins on the day you arrive, but really, it begins the day you get accepted.

Support-raising has its foundation in the Word of God. In Deuteronomy 18, God tells the Israelites that the Levites, the tribe He has chosen as priests for His people, will not have any land as their inheritance. Because they are unable to provide for themselves, the other 11 tribes are charged with doing so through their tithes and gifts to the Lord. Here we see the Lord telling His chosen people to sustain those He has called into ministry.

In the New Testament, the book of Acts shows us how the early church functioned. Again, we have God’s chosen people, the body of Christ, providing for the needs of their family in Christ. “And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need” (Acts 2:45). These believers understood their wealth and possessions belonged to the Lord, so they gladly shared them with their brothers and sisters in need.

Likewise, the Apostle Paul received support from the church in Philippi. The book of Philippians, while rich in teaching, is also a thank you letter from Paul to the believers who made it possible for him to continue to share the gospel abroad.

The Word gives us a rich history of support-raising, which makes it clear the process is biblical. But what can it teach us? Why is it important?

Raising support reveals an acute awareness of our reliance on the Lord.

This process is about learning how to trust God completely. We trust Him as we brainstorm the names of friends and family before sending letters, and we trust Him to give us words to convey our ministry with people. We trust Him to move the hearts of those we call, and we trust Him to empower their generosity. This process is about allowing the Lord to work on our behalf.

The heart of support-raising is learning how to believe in the Lord and the truth of His promises enough to trust Him. The Word says our Heavenly Father delights in giving us good gifts. If our earthly parents provide for our needs, how much more will our Heavenly Father provide for our spiritual needs? I hope you take time to reflect upon this truth and the history of God’s faithfulness demonstrated time and time again in His Word and allow it to begin to build that foundation of trust in your heart.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)

I can’t wait to see Him provide this summer!

 

Everyone’s support-raising process is different. We hope you will find the diversity of past students’ experiences encouraging!

Chelsea Rhodes

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