As “Christ’s ambassador” (2 Corinthians 5:20) you are in a unique position to invite others to partner financially in His cause. As you offer individuals the chance to underwrite your Spring Break expenses, you will be giving them the unparalleled opportunity of investing in eternity (Matthew 6:19-21).
King David gave Israel such an opportunity when he challenged the people to underwrite the cost of building a temple for the Lord.
Because David knew that all the world’s wealth ultimately belonged to God, he boldly challenged others to channel their resources toward building a physical testimony to the Lord, a temple. As you raise funds for your Spring Break trip, you will be allowing God to channel the resources of His people toward building a human testimony, a witness for Christ.
The following strategy for raising support can be summarized in four words:
As you place your trust in God and carefully implement each of these four steps, you will see success! I can't even describe how excited I am for you, knowing that your Spring Break will be life-changing. May the Lord bless and keep you as you trust him for things way outside your comfort zone.
STEP ONE: NAMESTORM
First, pause for a moment of prayer. Next, create an initial list of potential ministry partners using namestorming. Avoid deciding who may or may not be interested; don't prematurely exclude those whom God may want as partners. Prioritize later; for now, keep the list open. Despite initial doubts, research indicates the average person has a network of at least 400 friends. Aim for a list of at least 25 potential partners by associating professions, businesses, church connections, and places with acquaintances. This may take a couple of hours, but push yourself to generate around 100 names.
Having written out your list you want to gather the addresses of the people you’ve named. creating a master name and address list.
STEP TWO: WRITE A SUPPORT LETTER
From your list of names, write first to those you feel most likely to give.
The ideal is a handwriten personal letter that presents your needs. While it would be best to send a handwritten note to each contact, it’s not always feasible if you come up with a list of 100 names. Since most people have access to a computer, you can write the same letter to each person and personalize the salutation. Sending people photocopied letters would not be the best, try to make the letters personal.
Here is a basic format you can use to compose your letter.
Keep these points in mind:
STEP THREE: CALL
The degree of your success in the letter-writing strategy depends on your follow-up phone call. The follow-up phone call is critical for three reasons:
Be sure to establish a specific time in the letter to get their decision.
STEP FOUR: THANK
Send a thank-you note the same day the ministry partner gives you her decision. Be sure to keep a record of this so you’ll know to whom you’ve sent one and so you won’t send two to the same person – that would be bad.
This thank-you letter is an important part of developing a relationship with your ministry partner. This should be a personal, handwritten note or letter. Do not print or copy a form letter or send an email. Always include something personal in your note to show specifically how you and Christ’s cause have benefited from their generosity. You owe them a good thank-you note.
Dear ____ Uncle,
Thank you for your gift of $100 to support my ministry this Spring Break. Your prayers and finances are greatly appreciated. Your investment will have far-reaching results as I help reach people for Christ!
Please join me in praying that God would continually deepen my commitment to the cause of Christ. Your prayers are very important. Thanks again for your help.