Paul gave an account of his missionary endeavors when he had the opportunity. Through the technology of the day, you can provide regular reports quite easily. The prayer letter is your only regular interaction with supporters. Make sure it is well thought out, prepared, and powerful!
Acts 14:27 “And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.”
Here are twelve tested ingredients to writing a powerful support letter:
As our church was in the process of doing an audit of our Global Missions impact, I spent a year reading through scores of missionary and church planting letters sent to our church. Some of these letters were from missionaries we supported financially while some of them were from ministries we did not support. I was amazed at some of the trends I saw in these letters so I went back several months into the letters to see whether the trends I saw were outliers or consistent themes of each ministry.
I came to the following conclusions: (more…)