Day 36 I am going to write a really honest blog about fundraising today. I am about to send an email out to all our friends in church leadership that we have relationship with. Some gave in the last offering where we first raised our finance to launch and others were not in a position to.
My husband loves watching Shark Tank and he sits with our girls often and teaches them so much as he is watching it. He is the son of an entrepreneur who he saw a millionaire and then go bankrupt and then become a millionaire again. Andrew tells the story how when his dad was bankrupt Andrew himself went and work in a butcher store doing all the disgusting parts of that job just to come home and offer his dad any cash he had to help his dad get on his feet again. And his dad never forgot those moment of investment.
Every dream in your heart, every launch you have in your future, every plan to grow and stretch in some way will cost! As I said yesterday it will cost your everything! But there will also be other people who it will cost also. People willing to shoulder the risk and invest into the vision alongside you.
We are givers by nature. It’s actually really high on both our spiritual guy assessment. There have been seasons in our life where we have been able to give house deposits to friends, give cars away all the way down bags and shoes that I have felt prompted to give. In our transition there were times when although it would have been good to get extra cash for our move we were compelled to give away some really significant things.
So when it came time to fundraise for our launch – it was very unnatural to ask people to ‘give’ to us. It was awkward. It can be easily misunderstood. It feels unnatural. Although it wasn’t just about us and we carried something so strong in our hearts, it still felt odd.
But we did it. And we will do it again this week and make no apology for it. We believe in what we are raising finance for. We believe in the mission field of church planting. We believe in the power of what local churches provide to a whole community. We believe in the ‘halo effect’ of a healthy, thriving spiritual family and how that impacts whole neighbourhoods.
We know not everyone is in a position to respond. And we will not be the people who let it effect our friendships. But in response we pray that people will not be offended when we ask again.
In Exodus 28 the Lord sets apart Aaron to be a priest and then instructs people around him to make what is needful for him to minster effectively and set him apart as holy. And each time they designed something that he would wear in his role, and invested into positioning him to be effective in his ministry the Bible notes that he would ‘remember those’ who had invested into making that which symbolised glory and beauty.
I believe anyone who invests into the launch of a kingdom endeavour whether it’s your own or someone else’s, receives return on their investment in so many ways. We say #ourfruitisyourfruit and I do think we will get to heaven and hear ‘thank you’ from so many who were on the other side of your investments.
Note the date that you invest into someone else’s launch .. and watch your own vineyard flourish
‘Now think ahead from this same date—this twenty-fourth day of the ninth month. Think ahead from when the Temple rebuilding was launched. Has anything in your fields—vine, fig tree, pomegranate, olive tree—failed to flourish? From now on you can count on a blessing.’
Haggai 2:18-19 MSG
So if you receive an email from us proudly sharing the fruit of the last year and you invested into our first launch … it’s your fruit! And if you are up for investing this time around … I believe the hundreds and if not thousands more to be impacted by this launch with be your fruit.