"We're not interested."
Fundraising for mission work is a rough and tumble activity. My
fundraising activities include making invited and univited visits to
congregations, sending letters to congregations, and making phone calls
to congregations. I've left many phone messages at different
congregations, talked with several secretaries, etc. I reached one
congregation in Missouri and the secretary answered the phone. I
introduced myself and told her about our mission effort. I then asked
to speak to a minister or if I could leave a message for the missions
deacon/committee. As soon as I finished saying that, she said, "We're
not interested." She then hung up the phone.
If you've ever done missionary fundraising, you know that it's hard
work. When the secretary hung up the phone, I became upset. Am I a
telemarketer? I am calling and asking for money, but I'm not trying to
push vacuum cleaners. I'm trying to raise needed funds so that we can
do our part of fulfilling the Great Comission (Matthew 28:18-20).
I would encourage you, if you ever answer the phone call at church from
a missionary, listen to what they have to say.
Wagner Family Update
I have started my final class at Harding School of Theology and will
graduate in May 2012 with an Master's of Divinity. I have worked long
and hard on this degree and I will be glad to put it behind me. The
kids have started back to school following the Christmas break and we
are finally getting back in a routine.
As you may know, we will be home-schooling our children while we are in
Africa. Since this is a new experence for us, we invite any feedback
you might have as well as suggestions to curriculum, ideas, etc. Just
drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have several speaking engagements upcoming to either preach the
Gospel or to make a TZ presentation. I’d love to come and talk with
you and/or your congregation about the amazing work the Wagner family
will soon be involved in.
* February 12: Marmaduke, AR
* March 4: Fifth and Pine, Rector, AR
Through the LORD's blessings, we have most of our one-time funds
raised. We are working on airfare now which will be about
$1,200/person (about $8,000 total). We have had 2 generators donated
to the mission work which is a great blessing.
We will not purchase our plane tickets until we raise the minimum
monthly support needed for our missionary work there. While we have
some monthly support raised, we are in need of $2,500/month to meet our
personal and work funds. Just about every Christian and congregation
can afford an additional $25/month. We are in need of your help to be
able to fulfill the Great Commission in Chimala.