When I think about raising support, my first thought is always “I don’t want to ask people for money.” Confronting the task of raising my own funding for the trip the Antioch Discipleship School takes every year is no different.
As part of the curriculum, students in the Antioch Discipleship School finish the program with an international outreach trip. This year, with a departure date set for May 8th, our team is set to head to Dubai UAE—contingent on our fundraising $45,000, of course.
As we brainstormed as a team about how to raise such an intimidating amount of support, we recalled a lesson from the school about the importance of the body working together to bring glory to God here on earth. The idea of a service project emerged and we decided to run with it. If we are going to ask others to edify the body by offering their financial support, then we could participate by offering our time and service to someone in need.
We decided to plan a day serving a member of Antioch and to ask people to sponsor us, similar to sponsoring a runner in a 5k. Reaching out, we connected with Megan, a recently widowed mother of two young boys. Being an incredible mother and faithful servant, she was a perfect fit.
On Sunday, April 19th, our team of sponsored volunteers arrived at Megan’s home. Over the course of four hours, we were able to not only landscape her yard and flowerbed but also build and paint a fort for her two boys, Elijah and James. Local businesses and anonymous donors graciously donated the supplies and fort.
As a team, we felt accomplished in having served someone in the process of asking others to serve us. Even if we hadn’t raised a dime for our trip, we knew we’d participated in the workings of the body of Christ and contributed to the Kingdom. In Ephesians 4:12, Paul says the Lord gifted the body with different types of people “to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Some people can ask for support, some people can give to a cause, some can serve a widow and some can do it all to go to Dubai.
If you want to hear more about this project, email Christen Batson.