Hi Jack,MY name is Emily. I have a passion for sports and kids and a heart for Jesus. I was wondering if you know of any career opportunities where I can use these skills, but that doesn't require raising support.
Emily, I understand your reticence in raising support:
- you feel like begging,
- who would support me?,
- how would I go about it, etc.
But, the short answer to your question is: No, I don't of career opportunities that don't require raising support!
I'm sure you would be very effective in a camp ministry, where you could use your gifts to the full - and be blessed by the opportunities to see kids come to Jesus.
Now there are exceptions to what I have just said. The denominational agencies (Presbyterian, Methodist, etc.) usually fund the missionaries they accept. However, most "faith missions" require that candidates raise their own support, and they are usually more involved in the kind of direct evangelism you would feel comfortable with.
If you are interested, write me and I’ll send you a helpful 20 page article that InterVarsity uses with students seeking to raise funds for their global projects. Another great help is William P. Dillon. People Raising. A Practical Guide to Raising Support (Moody Press 1993). Though a bit dated, his suggestions are very practical and helpful.
Though raising support is frightening for many people it has great advantages:
- We learn to trust the Lord to lead us to people and churches who might have confidence in us and our future ministry.
- We learn to grow in faith and we take God at His Word to supply our needs, and go forth to see Him do it.
- We raise up a solid group of people who really care for us and our vision and promise to pray for us. (Some of our supporters have been praying for us for 40 years, bless their hearts!) You don't want to go anywhere without backing of this kind!
- When the support comes in, it is a confirmation that indeed God has called us. How much we need this (usually at the end of the first year) when the culture shock hits us and we wonder what in the world we have done!
God is able to make all grace abound to you,
so that in all things at all times, having all that you need,
you will abound in every good work.
(2 Cor 9:8).