How do you actually do support raising?
We help you every step of the way. DiscipleMakers will assign you a mentor who will assist you with writing letters, contacting potential donors, following up with them and most importantly, praying with you. We require that our interns raise $5,600 for a two-month Summer internship. This amount will cover your salary, cost of living, and other summer expenses.
It might be the aspect of the internship that raises the most questions and concerns in your mind. It is an exciting part of the internship where you will marvel at how God works in the heart of people and how He provides your needs. But, don't just take our word. Read what those that have been through it have to say.
Support Raising TEstimonies
"If we are faithless, He remains faithful- for He cannot deny himself." 2 Timothy 2:13
The semester leading up to the internship I prayed for faith that could move mountains. That's exactly what the Lord was going to do through support raising.
I started off this grace-driven journey just like the rest of the interns, but came to a slow slump halfway through the semester. The support had nearly stopped coming in, causing me to question, “Will I be able to do the internship? How would I tell my supporters I just couldn't raise the funds?” My team and family were praying. I was holding fast to the promise that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is at work in the hearts of people.
However, as the deadline quickly approached my mentor said, “If you don’t make it there’s grace. We’ll figure something out.” Nonetheless, I was full of worry. The day of the deadline I remember scrambling to teach a lesson in class. I hadn’t adequately prepared nor was I trusting the Lord. In the midst of my scrambling I received an email from the internship director. It had big, life-changing news. Not because of the donation I was to receive, but my heart being completely softened in total adoration of Jesus. God didn't stop. Later that day He provided more than my goal! Matthew 6:26 says, "Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" If Jesus provides for the birds, why would I doubt his provision for me?
God used support raising to strengthen my faith and make me solely dependent on Him. This proved to be a theme of the internship - keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. The Lord used my meager efforts to bring in the funds. Only by His grace did I do the internship. To Him be the glory!
Support raising always carried a negative connotation in my mind. I was raised as a very independent, self-supporting individual who would make his own way. While a good work ethic and personal independence are not innately bad character traits, they will get in the way when God wants to show His provision. Both my parents and I were skeptical about asking friends and family for $100, $200, or even $500 in support of our ministry. My mentor and others showed me from God's Word where He exposits His intentions for support raising. Jesus and the disciples were entirely supported by others. Jesus himself gives grounds for investing deeply in the Kingdom in Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." This helped me to have boldness in asking others to invest deeply in something which will have an eternal impact.
And invest deeply they did! By the time I left the country to study abroad, in just one month, God provided three-fourths of my fundraising goal! And by the time I returned in June to start the internship, my fundraising total was 20% above my initial goal! For me this was an amazing display of the power of faith and God's abundant love and grace, which I have continued to need on a daily basis.
Support raising was a major crucible in my life, and also a wonderfully good gift from God. It was a very tangible lesson in how I cannot depend on my own ability, but must solely rely on our Lord. This lesson was reiterated frequently to me as I continued to wrestle with disappointment and exhaustion from failure at meeting goals and expectations. However, despite my mixed motives and incomplete dependence on God, in His abundant grace He still provided for me and met all my goals. Reflecting back on the experience, I can say that God taught me as much, if not more, in the support raising process than He did ministering on campus at Penn State.