"I feel called to go on a trip, but I can't afford it on my own. What can I do?"
We get this question all of the time! Money can be a source of conflict and anxiety for many people, so we understand when hopeful trip participants are weary about finding a way to make their trip happen financially. But the truth is, there is a lot more potential support out there than many people think.
The first step is creating a team of people that can support you financially and through prayer. Here are just a few ways you can start reaching out to those around you to make your calling a reality:
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Having a garage or yard sale can be the perfect opportunity to get rid of some of your extra stuff, not to mention, raise some extra support and awareness for your mission trip. Bake some brownies and brew some coffee to sell too! It's a great way to get your feet on the ground with that first deposit quickly.
Support letters are a great way to receive not only financial support, but also prayer support from your friends and family. Express why you feel called to the trip you’re going on, and explain to your friends and family why you’re asking for their partnership – financially or otherwise. Have a friend review it before you send it out!
Anyone can use a good yard clean-up every now and then! Tell your neighbors about your trips, and help them mow their grass or clean out gutters. You can either establish a set rate, or ask for donations. You would be surprised by how many people will be willing to pay you for this! You might end up having more fun than you realize!
You've probably been to one of these before, because they are sure-fire way to raise some cash within your church community. Request the fellowship hall for a Saturday, and stock up on spaghetti ingredients!
You really can’t go wrong with treats! Set up a booth after school or on a weekend and sell some sweets. This can be the perfect opportunity to talk about your trip with people in your community!
This speaks for itself! Not only can you raise support for your trip, but babysitting is also a great excuse to snack on Goldfish and play with LEGOs! Reach out to families in your community and offer to take care of their kids during the week or weekend!
Set up some some soapy water buckets and take donations! Everyone loves a squeaky clean car, and this one is a lot more fun than you probably realize, too! This is also a great opportunity to have a bake sale with treats for your customers to enjoy while they wait.
Talk with your senior or youth pastor about speaking to your church or youth group about the mission trip you’re going on. This is probably the best way to communicate exactly what you're doing on your trip! Create a PowerPoint or video with details about the place you're visiting.