Northern Mexico: Arnolds
“Let each one do just as he has resolved in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
The idea of funding missions through the financial support of others is not a new concept. In fact, raising support for missions has a long and notable biblical history. Throughout the Bible, God calls upon His people to give sacrificially so missionaries can work to bring Him glory. We want to share a few passages about this in the bible.
Jesus’ father was a part of the working-class. He was from a carpenter’s home. However, Jesus chose a life where His full-time followers, as well as Himself, were dependent upon the contribution of those who supported His mission as we see that evident in Matt. 10:8-11 and Luke 10:38-42. Jesus’ ministry was funded by those who received His teaching. We see this in the book of Luke 8:1-3. The women in this passage paid for the things needed for Jesus to travel through the cities, as it is written, “bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God.” Jesus’ instruction to the disciples was to rely on others while doing the work of the Lord (Matt. 10:5-15). He echoed this in Luke 10:7 when He sent out the 70 believers. Those He sent were not to provide for themselves.