Faith or Fear?

Faith or Fear what are you experiencing? Fear often blocks Christians from serving God in new ways. Many IT professionals who inquire are excited about service to the Bible translation task—until they start thinking about their finances, families, and how the lifestyle will work for them.

What are your fears?

About Team Building and Finances

Having enough support

  • Staff depend on faith and a humble reliance on the Lord rather than seeking to be self-sufficient.
  • The public and promotional side of ministry is important. Imparting good news about what God is doing around the world encourages potential financial partners to engage in his work by supporting one of his workers. This process and “begging” are not the same.
  • A staff person may be the only personal connection that people have with global Bible translation, thus enabling them to be involved in the work.
  • Workers receive training in how to build a support team.
  • Experience shows many financial partners are faithful, especially when personal relationships are maintained.
  • Paid jobs are lost every day in this economy.
  • God is the ultimate provider for the Christian—who else is more reliable?

Speaking in public

  • The focus should be on what God is doing and how others can be a part of his work.
  • The focus should not be on what others think of a presentation.
  • While some people are more gifted at public speaking, anyone can develop adequate speaking skills, with training.
But Moses pleaded with the LORD, O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.

Then the LORD said to him, Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go! I will teach you what to say.
—Exodus 4:10–12

Having an inadequate lifestyle

  • Staff living in overseas locations are considered rich among locals, though they may not be considered rich in their home country.
  • They have different priorities and may not want to maintain the lifestyle of their home culture.
  • The financial quota of each worker—based on location, family size, and other factors—can provide for a moderate lifestyle.
  • Many staff are rich in ways not related to wealth, such as in experiences and international friendships. They have opportunities to travel the world, speak multiple languages, and see God work directly through their efforts.

About your children

  • Maintaining relationships with extended family
    • Communication is easier than ever.
    • Travel is quicker.
    • Visits can be more frequent.
  • Handling exotic diseases and wildlife
    • Sending organizations teach prevention and awareness.
    • Medical knowledge, care, and access have greatly improved.
    • Locals help teach what to expect and avoid.
  • Providing education
    • Parents usually have several options: home school, traveling teachers, on-site schools, or boarding schools.
    • Quality is generally high because many students plan to attend college in their home country.
  • Making friends
    • Children usually learn the new language easily as they interact and play with other children.
    • They usually make friends easily.
    • They can continue friendships from their home country.
  • Reconnecting with home culture
    • When children move back to their home country after serving overseas, they receive help in adapting to the culture.
    • Most consider living in another country to be a privilege.

God is your provider

There are other important issues, too, but life is based on faith that God will provide the relationships and resources needed to accomplish his purposes. You either trust what you can see with your eyes (human ability, structures, institutions), or you trust the One you cannot physically see.

Is God calling you to take further steps of faith by becoming involved?

Don't be afraid; just believe —Mark 5:36b