We are a missionary family whose current mission field is student athletes and coaches in American public schools. We reach out to them by starting Bible studies in the schools where God is not allowed to be taught by the teachers & staff. We pray with and support the coaches as they mentor their athletes.
Just like foreign missionaries we must raise 100% of our support to cover the basic living expenses. However, since we don't serve in a foreign country, it's a lot harder to raise that support. But why?
Why are so many Christians resistant to support US missionaries? Is it because they don't see us as missionaries? Is it because they don't think what we're doing is making an eternal impact? Is it because they think we sit around doing nothing all day?
It can become very frustrating to see my husband continuously pour himself into the ministry with so much passion and continuously be denied support from churches and businesses in the area. Sometimes they give him a chance to come share the vision of the ministry but many times it takes months to get a meeting.
And when he does get the meeting, there's lots of excitement about the ministry and many of them offer prayer support but don't make a financial commitment.
But he continues to spend hours and hours each week calling, emailing and sending letters asking people to partner with us to make an eternal impact. And when someone calls needing advice or assistance, he does stop to think if it will somehow benefit the ministry. He just goes and ministers to that person.
He mentors coaches, facilitates a weekly morning Bible study, volunteers as a baseball chaplain, serves with the youth group when needed, travels to school assemblies with special guests when they're in town, travels to speak at chapels at Christian schools, and is available to anyone who is struggling and needs advice anytime of the day and night.
To help make ends meet & to make it possible for him to continue serving in all those ways, I'm working a seasonal full-time job, which I love doing. However, that means he also takes on the schooling responsibilities for our youngest 2. So now amidst all of the daily ministry stuff, he also makes sure that two of our kiddos get their lessons done.
We must depend on God and the generosity of friends to help us cover the most basic needs of our family. God has been so amazing in His provision for our family. He is constantly blowing my mind with how he provides for our family. However, there are very few extras and that's not always easy to explain to our children.
We have been on this journey for almost 2 years now and there are days when I wonder if it's worth it. There are days when I just wish there was enough money to pay all the bills at one time and not have to choose what gets paid and what doesn't. There are days when I just want to know why people don't see us as missionaries. There are days when I just want to know why people say they can't afford to give $25 a month when their lifestyle choices say differently.
In those times, I cry out to God and He reminds me that He has a plan and He cares about me deeply. He cares for the needs of my children more than I could ever imagine. He shows me that this ministry is not about me and what I think should happen. He reminds me that no material possessions can take the place of an intimate relationship with Him.
So whether we reach our support goals or not, we will continue to serve in ministry here in the US, trusting God to meet ALL of our needs....financial, physical and spiritual!!!