Missions Moments: January Edition

I love hearing about new things in the missions and nonprofit world: what’s working, what’s not, what’s changing. So every month, I want to highlight some of my favorite blogs and articles on the topic. This month’s Moments include some from November and December, but they were just too good to pass up.


MISSIONS LINKS

Supporting Field Personnel as They Return to the US

The IMB, the international missions sending arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, is calling home many of their international workers as they face a budget crisis. Whether missionaries you know are a part of this or not, this is a great resource to caring for overseas workers when they are back “home” in the States.

To the Ones Who Think They’ve Failed

You’re still part of the team. You’re not a washed up, has been, burnt out, broken down, used up, person. You are a child of God, dearly loved. Cherished. And you are still needed. The Church still needs you. The Father still wants you. Jesus still loves you. And the Holy Spirit is still near to you.

The Challenges and Benefits of Being a Black Overseas Worker

As I prayed, the still, quiet voice of the Good Shepherd simply asked, “Who will go?” to which I answered a thunderous, “I will!” even though I didn’t know much of anything about China. Nor did I know that less than 1% of full time overseas co-labors are Black.

Dear American Christian

On the outside, I still look a lot like you. My hair is like yours, my skin is like yours, and I even bought a new outfit to make sure that I would still be in style like you. On the inside however, something has changed. I find myself struggling with new thoughts and beliefs, especially now that we are back together again. Can I share a little of my heart with you?

NONPROFIT TRENDS

This month, Compassion International launched it’s Peer to Peer fundraising initiative called Act for Compassion. As social networking continues to grow, should fundraising follow the trend?

At SocialMediaOrg, Jason W. Spencer shared on Employee Advocacy. He works for Humana, but seeing his content has got me thinking–shouldn’t nonprofits be excellent at employee advocacy? Read one article from Mr. Spencer here.


These are just a few of my favorite articles from the world of missions and nonprofits this month. What have you seen lately that’s exciting or challenging?

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Three Simple Ways to Do #GivingTuesday

When I say Black Friday, I think fights over a big screen TV. When I say Cyber Monday, I think of the big sale Birchbox had yesterday that gave me my favorite dry shampoo for 25% off. When I say Giving Tuesday, I hear… *crickets*

We’ve all probably spent a little too much this weekend (and maybe eaten a little too much, too), but today is #GivingTuesday, a day where we put aside our own (really fun and awesome) wish lists and focus on giving to the needs around us. This Giving Tuesday, here are three super simple ways you can give to those around you.

1.       Up your monthly support for December.  A one-time gift to a missionary your church supports this month could be huge! Think of all the extra little expenses you have around the holidays—missionaries aren’t exempt, and a gift of even as much as $15 could help an overseas worker this month.

2.       Switch it up. If you mostly support global missions, why not give to a local outreach? If you’re all about helping people locally, why not support a global organization today? (If you’re looking to partner with a new nonprofit, check out this post on simple ways to vet them before you give). What a great way to remember helping people is not about a certain zip code or country name, but about loving anyone and everyone you can.

3.       Choose from the catalog. I think just about everyone remembers circling toys in a catalog around Christmastime. An even more awesome activity is looking over the Wish List of your favorite nonprofit organization. Wish Lists typically list specific gifts you can give. For instance, you might be able to buy a meal for an orphaned child for $6, or purchase a coat for a homeless veteran for $30. I know kids that absolutely love looking over wish lists and picking out projects to support. Since the gift prices can start so low, it is a great way to make an unplanned donation!

This Christmas, it can be so easy to focus on the stress and the wrapping paper and the decorations, but I encourage us all to take just a few minutes today to focus our heart on the gifts of the season and donate to an organization doing some awesome work (You can find some of my favorites here!).

Happy #GivingTuesday!