by Nick Fowler
When we think of foreign missions and missionaries one word that always comes to mind is money. We picture the man in the odd-looking suit setting up his slide projector and telling stories from the far corners of the world. Everyone always knows how the night will end: he will make a plea for money. I have to admit, when the task of fund-raising was before us, I was nervous about asking for money. It feels awkward to sit down with one’s closest friends and family and even bring up the subject, much less ask for a gift or donation. At some point I realized that taking the gospel into the world was God’s mission
long before it was ours. He wants foreign missions to happen, and He blesses His people with enough to make it happen.
Technically, when we are fund-raising for a mission work, we aren’t asking for money, we are giving God’s people an opportunity to partner in the mission of God. Paul felt especially close to the Philippian church because of their partnership. He says “no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only” Philippians 4:15. He begins his letter to them with this in mind. “I thank my God in all my
remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” Philippians 1:3-5. This is the partnership we have with the Mt. Juliet congregation.
Like Paul, we have a special bond with those who are using the money and resources that God has given them to send the gospel to Brazil. Forty-three people and families have committed to long-term partnerships and ninety-nine more have made one-time contributions to the mission. May God be glorified and His Kingdom be greater. Most of these partners are from the Mt. Juliet congregation, so we are asking you now to celebrate with us for reaching our fund-raising goals! Thanks to Mt. Juliet, our family is financially ready to enter the foreign mission field.