Missionary Minded

The Four Ds of Discouragement in Ministry Fundraising

In ministry fundraising, as in life, you will face discouragement—guaranteed! Especially when you receive a “no” when you expected a “yes” from your last fundraising appointment! Although it’s impossible to avoid feeling disheartened, it’s possible to overcome these feelings by identifying the four Ds of discouragement in ministry fundraising. Here’s what to do when the blues color your view. [read more]

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Managing Money When You Live Outside the US, Part 2

From the time you start learning about money, you’re encouraged to protect it. Get a piggy bank. Open a bank account. As adults today, we’re all too aware of the challenges of keeping our money safe. What about when you live and travel internationally? Here are some common-sense ways to protect the funds people invest in your ministry. [read more]

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Technology Can Help You Monitor Your Finances

It’s been said that managing money isn’t rocket science because finances are black and white. That may be true, but it can feel like a daunting responsibility when you’re living and working half a world away. The good news is that ECCU’s online banking technology can make this essential discipline much easier. Here’s how. [read more]

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Living Outside the U.S.? Don’t Take Banking for Granted

The to-do list for missionaries preparing to live abroad is long. Many items on the list are routine. But these days, banking isn’t one of them. Several laws passed in recent years have made some banks in the U.S. and abroad skittish about serving American citizens living outside the States. Some people have had difficulty opening accounts; others’ accounts have been closed. [read more]

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Missionary Kids and Money

Most of us missionary kids (MKs) learned how to see the world though our parents’ eyes. We learned about cross-cultural sensitivities and God’s love for all creeds and colors. Sometimes it was taught but most times simply observed. For example, I learned in Latin cultures to always talk about family and health before ever talking about business. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized why we always asked a business person about their family first. We gained each other’s trust that way. This is similar to kids and money. Just like my parents intentionally taught me about missions and cross cultural ministry, I can intentionally teach my kids... [read more]

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What do global missions thought leaders really think?

In a recent survey by Missio Nexus, more than 160 CEOs of global missions organizations shared their insights on the state of missions worldwide—both personally and organizationally. Missio Nexus compiled the results and created this Missiographic from the full report, providing a snapshot of what’s going on behind the scenes in missions around the globe. [read more]

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