We are in somewhat tricky stage of ministry. While we find that God increasingly is giving us more to do, in terms of people and discipleship and ways to better connect with our community. In a strange twist of God’s sovereign sense of irony we are have the most forward movement in ministry than at any time over the last few years… and yet we have the most backward movement financially.
Over the last year we have steadily lost a number of our supporters, through changing life circumstances as well as the rising cost of living. Currently we are at about 65% support from donations. Our baking business The Cake Faerie takes us up to about 77% of what we need. However, it does take a lot of time and energy. Next year we are aware that we will lose another major financial supporter, which will take our base support to around 52% support
While we continue to explore different ways to finance our work. Including getting a “regular” job of some sort we are also somewhat hesitant to do that. Because as with all choices there is always a trade-off, and in this case it limits the time that we have to invest in people and discipleship, just at a time when we feel like God is opening doors… All a bit confusing really. First prize for us is still that we can get a substantial or all of our support from those who resonate with it is that we are trying to do.
But we are not naive enough to think that this does not involve a risk on your behalf?
The gospel calls us to adventure, risk and innovation in taking the unchanging, beautiful and true gospel to the whole world. What would it look like to take the gospel to those not being reached? To the dark, broken and forgotten places of our cities? There are no simple strategies or answers to those questions, but there is a call to risk, to pioneer, to venture beyond where we are comfortable and what we currently know.
In many ways this is something that we figure out and learn on the road. We adjust, change course and risk failure, but in the midst of all that we can take heart that God is at work. And we pray that his glorious gospel will shine in all its beauty and splendour in the dark and forgotten places of our cities.
We invite you to join with us in this gospel risk, by considering financially partnering with us. We realise that we are asking you to take a risk on us, on something that is hard to define, messy, not clearly mapped out and open to failure. But is this not the life of risk that God calls us to? We do not fear failure, only the failure that comes from the unwillingness to risk and try new things for the sake of the gospel.
Would you or your church community consider committing to taking a one, two or three-year “risk” on this gospel endeavour? Or perhaps you might consider a once off gift if you feel you cannot commit to monthly giving. We would love to meet with you, speak to your community, pray together, dream together and talk over how we may partner together for the fame and glory of the Lord Jesus.
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