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]
Managing Money When You Live Outside the US, Part 1
Just as when you’re on home assignment, you want to be smart about how you spend the money your support team gives when you’re living and serving internationally. Three areas that may not seem to bring the risk of wasting these funds have to do with how you access and spend them. Here are some tips for how to be smart about exchanging currency, getting cash and making purchases. [read more]
7,000 Miles Away and Out of Money: Emergency Ideas for Missionaries
Over the years, I’ve fielded thousands of questions about fundraising, including how to prevent blind spots from derailing funding leadership. But the No. 1 question missionaries ask is how to raise capital quickly so they can continue their work. [read more]
Summer’s Coming. Send Your Supporters a Postcard!
Like you, the people who support your ministry are busy as summer gets underway. With the school year ending and graduations and weddings on their minds, how can you get their attention for an update? Well, summer’s here, so send a postcard. Here are some ideas to get you started. [read more]
Should I cancel my credit cards?
Early in our marriage, my wife and I applied for a flurry of credit cards for a variety of important reasons: building our credit history, earning large discounts, getting a free hat. But after the cards had served their original purpose, we paid them off and eventually found ourselves with a desk drawer full of cards that were rarely, if ever used. We wanted to be responsible, but we weren’t sure what to do. [read more]
How to Avoid Surprises at Tax Time
Are you one of those people for whom tax time is nervous time, kind of like going to the dentist? You aren’t sure whether something unpleasant, like a cavity, is going to turn up? One way to reduce this anxiety is to know what the IRS requires of US citizens living and working abroad. [read more]