This week I am beginning the process of support raising. This is a process that the North American Mission Board refers to as “ministry partner development”. That term is not merely a euphemism, but actually an accurate description of the ministry I am embarking upon. I am seeking partners, who through their prayers and monetary gifts will join with me in helping to fulfill the Great Commission of Matthew 28. And as I reflect upon the generosity of God’s people, I am reminded of several other passages in scripture. In Philippians 1:3-5, Paul reflects with pride and joy upon the church who has supported him with their prayers and their financial resources: “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now”. I am also reminded of Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 2:15—“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.
Following a calling that I first heard a decade ago, I am proud to pursue the Lord’s work in such a strategic mission field as the University of Colorado represents! And to “rightly divide the word of truth” is one of the main aims of my ministry with Christian Challenge at CU-Boulder. I will be discipling students with Biblical truth, and teaching them how to better defend and articulate their faith—all according to the timeless principles of God’s Word. I can only do so through the support of individual believers. But it is not a burden to seek such support—far from it! Instead I am privileged to have the opportunity to share with many different people about how God is at work in Boulder, Colorado, and how they too can be a part of it. I will never be self-conscious or apologetic about urging the Body of Christ to give their best in promoting the spread of the Gospel. We all have our part to do, and it happens that while some people cannot go full-time in the mission field, their prayers and financial resources will enable others, such as me, to do just that! So as my support raising journey begins, and I continue developing ministry partners, you can follow my progress, and witness God’s gracious hand at work, through this blog. Stay posted!