There’s an old joke I’ve heard countless times, about sending used teabags to overseas missionaries. It’s kind of funny to imagine, and it has got plenty of laughs over the years. The problem is, I know some missionaries who actually received this gift while serving overseas!
Now, I have no doubt that used teabags were sent as a provision from very well-intentioned people. But with the benefit of hindsight, what does it communicate – that second best will do?
Fortunately these days, things are a little different. For many mission agencies – including Global Interaction – support, care and resourcing for overseas cross-cultural workers is a high priority. But of course, there comes an inevitable cost in providing new teabags rather than used ones….
This, combined with the rapidly changing global landscape and the increasing cost of sending cross-cultural workers from countries like Australia, means that overseas, cross-cultural mission has become a rather expensive exercise. Therefore, our long-term cross-cultural workers take on the task of working in partnership with Baptist churches, and their family and friendship networks, to raise the full cost of their overseas life and mission.
Being a part of reaching the least-reached with the Good News of Jesus by supporting a project or making a donation is valuable, worthwhile, and very much appreciated. However, it is pledges of ongoing financial partnership that start to make Global Interaction’s long-term work much more viable. Regular weekly, fortnightly, monthly, or annual pledges of support allow us to plan for the future, focus on the long-term, and reduce the inevitable ‘worry’ about finances that can be distracting for our cross-cultural workers. The encouragement that comes from knowing that our wonderful supporting partners are with us together for the long-haul cannot be overstated.
With all this in mind, please keep an eye out for Global Interaction’s ‘100 People 100 Days’ campaign launching this May. Might we go even further together in working to reach the least-reached people of the world?: