Quite frequently I get a text or inbox message saying,
“What’s your secret?”
First I have a heart attack thinking I have a secret that I don’t know about, then they send another message…
My first two missions trip that I fundraised for were in Haiti and then my Discipleship Training School at YWAM Newcastle, Australia.
When I say “I fundraised for”, I mean “my mom fundraised for”.
I helped here and there, but she worked so hard to get me on both those trips. She put in a lot of hard work while I watched and just expected it all to work out so I could trot along for the ride.
The third trip that I fundraised for was for a School Of Innovative Youth Ministry. This one was back again at YWAM Newcastle, Australia.
Surprise! I meant what I said this time!
I fundraised for this one myself!
Here are 5 Key ingredients (secrets) I learnt:
1. Trusting my ultimate provider (God)
2. Making relationships more important than money
3. Keeping my supporters involved with stories and pictures
4. Being thankful for the “small” (small donations, small beginnings)
5. WORKING HARD
Where you are going, how much money you need, and what you are doing, are not the most important things when you are fundraising.
What’s important is the “why”.
Why you are going
Why you need money
Why you are doing it
What’s important is not what people can give you, it’s what you can give in the relationship with someone who is supporting you.
Valuing and taking care of my supporters is important to me.
They are donating to me and praying for me so that I can “go” and do what God has called me to do. They’re choosing to donate to me instead of spending that money on themselves.
When I found out I was going on another trip, I had a feeling this time would be different as far as fundraising goes. I’d have to work really hard to raise support. I came up with some ideas. I have been making wood burn designs and I also ran a t-shirt fundraiser. I love and value my supporters so I also make sure that my packaging is cute!!
I’ve been fundraising for 6 weeks.
I’ve made about 50 wood burn designs.
I sold 73 t-shirts.
They have taken a lot of time, organization, emails, Facebook messages, driving, texts and calls. A lot of hard work.
But the best part about all of it hasn’t been seeing my “funds raised” number go up.
The best part has been the relationships built along the way and seeing God use unexpected people to help me reach my goal. I’ve also been able to meet with some of my supporters and hear about their amazing stories from their trips as well.
Recognizing also that being a provider is a characteristic of God has been very important. God is a provider. God isn’t a provider because He helps with reaching your goals, because you get what you want, because you get money donated to you.
God is a provider because He is.
Also, complaining and being down about not having all of your funds or seeing any movement in your fundraising is useless. Especially when you aren’t doing much to fundraise in the first place. Just like a relationship, you have to put in work and effort.
It was hard, but also important for me to believe that people loved and cared about me and wanted to support me. So reaching out to people for support now that I believe that has made it so much more fun and easier.
I’m speaking from personal experience.
Well those are my thoughts!
Sorry that I haven’t shared my “secrets” sooner.
Thank you to all of my supporters and for following my story!
I appreciate it.
You keep me going!