Many times I’ve coached others in their planning for a particular mission journey. It’s very easy to offer enthusiastic encouragement especially when it comes to writing the Support Letter. I get on board with these friends and love hearing their stories, what their hopes and plans are, learning how I can come along side their life changing endeavors.
“Don’t deprive the reader of being an active participant in your venture,” I would offer. “Many people love to give and be part of the sending side, especially when they can’t go themselves.”
Believe me, I know. I’ve enjoyed “going” all around the world with dear friends and family. Being a recipient of their letters and personal insights has widened my perspective of what it takes to be in the front lines. I have great admiration and respect for my friends who choose to live beyond our borders for long periods of time.
It’s also a comfort to them as well. Being so far from home and familiarity can take its toll when living cross-culturally. Knowing people back home are still thinking about them and care about the work being done in this foreign country, is their life line. It’s a partnership of significance.
But…..all of a sudden it’s different now that it’s my turn to write that Support Letter.
All of a sudden, writing a letter is a huge challenge. I’m thinking, Maybe they really don’t want to hear about what crazy thing we’re about to do, or why – especially at our age!
I’m finding it a challenge to keep.it.brief while giving as much detail needed for the reader to get the picture!
I’m finding it very hard to know how or how not to ask for prayer and support.
Why is that?
It’s so easy to encourage others how to do this. It is my JOY to see people give their lives for Gospel work. It’s my JOY to be a part of that journey whether I support through prayer, financial, or other means. I honestly feel a great part of the journey and partnership with those who are going. To be a send-er
Why do I not expect the same from my own friends and family?
So, here’s where I’m at:
I need to refresh my thinking.
My Letter needs to communicate the importance of being sent and the importance of prayer. It needs to communicate the purpose ahead and why my friends’ partnership is so important to us.
How will they know, unless someone is sent? How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!
What would you expect to read in a Support Letter?