|How to Write a Prayer Letter for Your Short-Term Mission Trip|
|Wednesday, 08 February 2012 07:15|
If you are going on short-term mission trip for the first time, it can be overwhelming to think about the amount of money that you need to raise. How do you go about asking people for money?…. oh, and prayer too, of course! The purpose of this post is to provide a quick start guide to writing prayer / support letters for those going on short-term (or not so short-term) missions trips.
First, we need to remember that don’t write prayer letters just because we need money. Even if we were independently wealthy and could pay our own way five times over, we would still want to write prayer letters to people because a mission trip is a spiritual endeavor. A prayer letter is an opportunity for you to invite people who know you to be involved in what you are doing and in what God is doing in another part of the world.
Why Do We Write Prayer Letters?
“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with
joy because of your partnership in
the gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:4-5
Who Are The Proper Recipients Of Your Prayer Letter?
Ask yourself, “Who do I know that would be interested in hearing about what I am doing this on this trip, and may want to be a part of it?” Sending out a prayer letter is not a mass marketing campaign where you send out as many letters as possible on the chance that some recipients may be interested. We don’t want to spam people for the kingdom. Rather, it is an opportunity for you to invite people to partner with you as you seek to grow in your faith and serve God overseas.
In deciding who to send your prayer letters to, be careful to not send a letter to anyone just because you think they have a big wallet or purse and should give you a big donation. A mission trip is a spiritual enterprise and we should look to God for His provision. Some people with a lot of money will send you nothing in terms of financial support. Other people who have rather limited means will give you a very substantial donation. This is normal. God is the one who opens hearts and decides how he wants to provide for us. God’s provision often comes from places that we don’t expect and just in the nick of time.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his
in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
“God’s work, done in God’s way, will never lack God’s provision” - Hudson Taylor
“Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.” - William Carey
How to Write a Prayer Letter
1. Greeting & Introduction
2. Tell about the mission trip
3. Invite them to pray for you (Summary of prayer points)
4. Tell about cost for trip
5. Optional but helpful things to include:
When Writing Your Letter, Keep in Mind:
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