An Introduction to Missionary Fundraising
You've been on the website reading blogs, watching videos, and your heart just keeps pounding. You believe God is calling you to go on The World Race. Excitement surrounds everything: the travel, the ministry, the community...and then you see it. You have to raise funds to go on The World Race. All of a sudden you start to wonder if you're really supposed to go. Why is so much easier to trust God to call you to something like missions than to trust Him for provision? The World Race is committed to seeing people go on this life-changing journey. We believe that if God calls you to this journey then He will also provide for the necessary funds. Fundraising shouldn't be scary, and our staff is committed to helping you through the process.
Why Fundraising?Fundraising is a part of your journey and is ministry just like feeding orphans, preaching in churches, and visiting hospitals. You need both the financial support and prayer support from family, friends, and church partners and they need you to share the stories of what God is doing all over the world. Your donors send you out as an ambassador to nations. They send you out with the love and good news of the salvation and hope that is available in Jesus Christ. It's time we changed our thinking about fundraising. It's no longer about finding and getting the money to pay for your airplane tickets. Fundraising is about connecting the entire Body of Christ to minister in every nation. As the one who is going on this trip, you are responsible for proclaiming God's good works to those who are investing their prayers, time, and money in sending you out. You are building a network of people who are doing ministry with you and Adventures in Missions. We ask people to support us because we want to invite them to be a part of the ministry. Fundraising is about the body of Christ joining together to see God's Kingdom come.
How Do I Fundraise?Once you apply and are accepted to The World Race, you can begin the process of fundraising. We will provide you with resources and instructions that well help you get started. We connect you with your teammates to share your ideas, encourage, and pray for another. We also have a dedicated staff of Fundraising Coaches that will guide you along in the process. These coaches are available to help you present your vision and ministry as well as encourage you when it gets tough. They will also hold you accountable to the responsibilities you have with fundraising. Know that you will not be alone in this process.
When you are ready to start, you'll be encouraged to engage with potential donors through personal communication. We want you to share your vision and calling to this ministry and invite them to be a part of what God is going to do on The World Race. By connecting on a personal level, you get donors who are involved, praying, and invested.
Many World Racers put together creative fundraisers to help them get the necessary funds. We've seen golf tournaments, 80's prom celebrations, auctions, cookbooks, t-shirts, and yard sales. Our fundraising coaches will help you determine the best types of fundraisers and help you use them to create new opportunities to engage more people on a personal level.
As you begin this process, please review Adventures in Missions donation policies at www.adventures.org/policies/.
What Does the Money Cover?The money you raise for The World Race will cover your costs for the 11-month trip. This includes meals, lodging, air, land, and sea travel, administrative costs, set-up costs, coaching costs, debriefing costs, and training camp costs.
Some of the things you'll have to cover on your own include medical insurance, vaccinations, travel to training, travel to the start point (in the U.S.), and travel home from a major U.S. city at the end of the race.
Is Fundraising Scary?Fundraising shouldn't be scary, but you may find that you will be challenged in new areas. God will teach you more about trusting Him and how He loves you and will provide for you. You will also be challenged to step out and talk with people about your ministry. You want to make them see the fruit of what you are doing and that will require some people to step out and take new courageous steps. In the end, God will pay for the thing He has called you to do. It's important that you believe that. If you do your part to reach out and invite people to join you in ministry, He will put it on their hearts to give and invest into the ministry. Here's a testimony from a past World Racer, Ian Schumann:
I entered the World Race squad way late, I hardly have a home church, and my extended family is Jewish, so they didn't want to help me out. Fund-raising seemed impractical, nearly impossible. Two weeks before the launch date, the deadline was suddenly upon me to get $6900 cash in my support account! I had been slow, but now it was crunch time. So, with a lot of prayer and trust, I scribbled out a blog entitled "Call for help," detailing where I was at and making it very clear that if somebody didn't start giving soon, I would lose my chance to go on this trip. I only had $1200 collected at this point. Well, that was late on a Thursday night. By Friday at 2:00pm, about 14 hours later, I had broken the $6900 threshold. By the following Monday, I was at $10,000! It was nothing short of miraculous.