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What One Donor Wants You to Know

July 1, 2011

My friend Bill in Colorado has grown old in the service of his master Jesus Christ. Man, years ago a young person who was raising his financial support asked Bill to become a monthly donor. Then another person asked too. Bill wants everyone to know that it changed his life:

 “Had not two individuals not asked me to help support them I likely would have never become interested in missions. That was more than 20 years ago. Both of those individuals are still in missions.

 That is how Bill became interested in missions (and that is how he became my financial supporter, and that is why I love Bill). Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Can anyone say he has a heart for some cause without paying a cost? It’s no use saying that your heart is “for the Muslims” (or for anyone) if your treasure is not there also.

I once asked a field worker who is a businessman if he still raises his own support from donors. He replied, “Do you know what Harley-Davidson stock is selling for today?” Not sure where this was going, I answered, blankly, “No.” “I know, because I own 50 shares of Harley-Davidson stock, and I want to know what it’s doing for me.”

In Luke 12:34, Jesus said, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." People with a heart for seeing the Great Commission fulfilled continue to give to Frontiers despite the economic downturn.

That was his way of saying that he raises support so that donors will put their hearts into missions; donors will follow him to the field, with their eyes, with their prayers, with their hearts. And, by the way, he plows his business profits back into his ministry.

Many donors are making glorious sacrifices in order to keep their promises of support for Frontiers field workers. There is a lot less money in America than there was in 2008; yet most donors, including me, have sacrificed to make good on our financial promises to field workers. It has been a test of who we really are during tough times. By God’s grace, we are donors with hearts for God’s Great Commission because some needy couple or single was raising support to preach the gospel where Christ is not known.

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