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Read our articles to hear our members’ stories from around the world, learn financial advice based on Biblical principles, and a whole lot more.

When Credit is on the Line, Play Your Cards Right

When Credit is on the Line, Play Your Cards Right

As convenient and commonplace as credit cards have become, there are some basic guidelines to follow in order to keep your family’s funds flourishing. Using credit without caution can fold your financial plans like a house of cards. [read more]

Category: Common Cents

In Touch with the Untouchable

In Touch with the Untouchable

After a traumatic birthing injury, countless Nigerian women are exiled by their communities. SIM missionary Gina McConley delivers support to help rebuild these shattered, lonely lives. [read more]

Category: Common Cents

Planning for and Managing Year-end Giving, Part 1

Planning for and Managing Year-end Giving, Part 1

Many ministry organizations budget for a boost in giving at year-end. If yours is one of them, you should be planning now for how to manage that extra money. A big key to doing it wisely is to view the increase in the context of your overall cash flow. But how do you do that? [read more]

Category: Ministry Matters

The Spending Side of Stewardship: How Are You Doing?

During the Great Recession, many ministries experienced an unfamiliar reality: dramatic income declines. Those that didn’t respond by quickly cutting expenses learned some key stewardship lessons the hard way. One was that it’s much easier to stay on mission when you build a healthy budget and stick to it. Do you wisely plan and diligently monitor your spending? Here are some tips to help you stay on track. [read more]

Category: Ministry Matters

Managing Money when You Live Outside the US, Part 3

They may not say it, but it’s natural for members of your financial support team to wonder where the money goes. If you’re living in a less developed country, it would be logical for them to expect your cost of living to be less than in the US, when oftentimes it’s not. This perception gives you an ideal opportunity to tell a story or two that not only shows them the cost of living and working where you do, but also the impact of their investment in your work. [read more]

Category: Missionary Minded

Fundraising Training Teaches Vital Team Building Techniques

Spiders, heights, confined spaces. . . all fairly common phobias, yet these are mere child’s play for most missionaries compared to the fear of fundraising. Who to talk to, what to say, and how much to ask for—where can a support-seeking servant turn for help in becoming fully funded? [read more]

Category: Missionary Minded