I am still contemplating missions.
I grew up in a world of faith-supported missionaries. In other words, they earned no wage and just lived on the gifts of people who wanted to support them and their work or vision.
There are good and bad things to being supported. Shouldn't we all work to earn a wage, the way Paul talks about? Is being faith supported any different than being a charity case that goes around begging for money? It certainly should be. Someone who is living on the support of others for their ministry should only be doing so because they are so passionate about doing something that makes a difference and earns no wage that they believe they should do it regardless and that others can join in the mission through whatever financial support they can give.
It's better, in a way, than the ministries that pay wages. If you are paid, you are working for money, and the temptation is to work for the money and no more. People are drawn to the wage over the passion of the work sometimes. You end up with a institution that is draining of its heart.
But... what about us? We wish to train and counsel. That's pretty basic stuff. It's the kind of stuff you DO earn a wage for in the US. If we go overseas we will most likely not find a place that can pay us, at least not doing what we are most passionate about and what we think is most needed. . I'm distinctly uncomfortable with raising funds from people. What right do I have to take their money? I'd much rather find a normal job overseas that earns a wage and allows us to invest in the people around us simultaneously. That's limited, though. We'd be taken up with our jobs and unable to do the level of training that Isaac would be able to do if his whole career was dedicated to leadership training for the church overseas.
It makes me sit back and really think. Do I believe that where we may be going is in enough need of trained leaders and counseling that a whole lot of people should join in funding our way to go there and fill those needs?
We don't know yet where we'll be going, so I can't answer that question.
I guess I'm struck by two things.
First, instead of simply by default entering the same support-based missions work that I was raised around, we need to investigate innovative options that might allow us to work in "normal" jobs and earn a wage.
Secondly, we better be passionate and sure of our calling and its importance before we decide to ask anyone to take part in our vision financially.
*sigh*. I am loathe to do it even if it does end up being the only way to do what we're called to do.