Fundraising Ideas! I really want to go on a trip but…

Sometimes we feel we are supposed to go on a trip, but let the financial cost discourage us. Let me assure you – if God wants you to go, He will make a way. That is not to suggest that you can just sit back, do nothing, and expect the money to show up at your front door. Granted, I serve a God that is big enough to make that happen if He wants to, but that has not been my experience. It will take some effort on your part. So, what can you do?

Tell your church family about your trip. Talk to your pastor, elders, or mission committee. Perhaps there is funding available that you are unaware of. Perhaps you will be allowed to make an announcement in front of the church. Depending on your specific situation, you may want to send a letter to your mission committee, and let them know about your trip and the costs involved. See if you would be allowed to have a fundraising dinner after church, or some other kind of fundraising event, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Offer to share a presentation to your church once you return, as a way of thanking them for their support.

Write support letters. Send letters to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone else you can think of. Include where you are going and what you are going to be doing and the cost of your trip. Ask them to be praying for you, the trip, and the people you will be serving. And ask them to consider supporting you financially. Even though some of the people on your list may not yet know the Lord, many will still be willing to support a good cause. (It doesn’t hurt to remind them that all donations made out to Chosen International Medical Assistance are tax deductible.)

Get your community involved. Involve your friends, family, neighbors or youth group and hold a garage sale, bake sale, car wash, auction, etc. Be creative!

Use holidays. Instead of asking for birthday or Christmas gifts, ask family and friends to help you go on a mission trip. The sacrifice of giving up a present will pale in comparison to the joy of service Christ!

Give up something that you enjoy. Perhaps you give up that cup of coffee every morning (or make it at home instead of purchasing it from that coffee shop), cut back on eating out, or even fast (and pray) for a few meals a week. Maybe it is not going out to the movies, a sporting event, or not buying that video game that you really want. Think about some things that you have in your life that are wants and not needs, and see if you can “give them up” for a while.

Whatever you do, be sure to send thank you letters to anyone who has helped you – financially or otherwise! And, instead of thinking of this process as asking for money, remember that you are giving others an opportunity to participate in the mission trip with you!