Jamie the Very Worst Missionary
Self-proclaimed Jamie the Very Worst Missionary took some time today to be interviewed about her thoughts on missionary reporting and how Churches can support missionaries.
Check out the 15 minute interview we did today on Google+ Hang Outs. It's encouraging to meet a fellow believer who believes so firmly in honest storytelling and the importance of sharing the good the bad and the ugly of missions.
...time for the Second Annual Love Global Foundation Mini-golf Tournament!We had such a blast last year and can't wait to do it again. This year all proceeds from the event are going towards Love Global admin costs. This will directly benefit all missionaries by reducing their costs. Our goal is to be able to send 100% of all donations directly to missionaries in the field!Plus, all donations and ticket sales are being matched dollar for dollar by Cultus Lake Water Park.Join us on July 6th for a day of fun at Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf in Chilliwack, BC. For tickets and all the details, go to www.lgminigolf.com.For a limited time tickets are available on Groupon for half price.See you there!
Earlier this week, Jamie, the self-proclaimed "very worst missionary", posted an interesting & provocative post on her blog, www.theveryworstmissionary.com.
Here's just a piece of what she had to say:
"In 2006, U2 frontman, Bono, (literally wearing rose-colored glasses) called the Church to action in Africa during an interview for the Willow Creek Leadership Summit. I was there. It was kinda awesome. It was a bold and honest interview and it created a fervor for justice and aid for Africa's poor and marginalized nations. It lit a fire. And that fire launched Africa Missions to the top of the missionary food chain.
Africa became a rockstar. Everybody wanted in.
Six months later, El Chupacabra and I found ourselves sitting across the table from a pastor as he explained that he wouldn't support our effort to get to Costa Rica because, “You guys are great. You're good communicators, you've got vision, and I really believe in what you're doing... but... I just can't sell Costa Rica... Are you sure you're not called to Africa? Our people want Africa.”
As we left, reality sunk in; Our mission wasn't sexy enough.
Honestly, we could totally understand why. I mean, really, sending a family to a largely Christian, tropical, vacation destination to do missions should be a tough sell. But, we were going to help launch Latino missionaries into the world, and “the world” includes Africa - so we hitched our wagon to the “Save Africa” train and had all of our support raised in 7 months. The end.
Just kidding. That wasn't the end.
Sometimes, the message from church leaders and individual supporters is that a paycheck is directly linked to a missionary's ability to come up with a good story. That's how the “Missionary Code” is unwittingly pushed on hard-working missionaries with boring but important jobs... like, I dunno...maintenance. (It's hard to write home about plunging the same toilet twenty six times in three days for Jesus. It's not sexy, but I know missionaries who do it.)..."
Read the rest of the article at www.theveryworstmissionary.com and let us know what you think!
Accountability in Missions & Applicants
I recenty got asked a couple great questions about our foundation and I thought it only helpful to share the questions and answers with you.
How do you keep missionaries accountaable?
Since the Love Global Foundation began we've seen some amazing support from such recognized corporations as Google, Western Union & Best Buy. The reason for this is because we're leveraging technology to help provide accountability and visual proof to the work happening overseas.
We exist to come alongside the missionaries who are doing AMAZING work but are poor at raising support and telling their story. We equip them with video cameras, the ability to text their updates and a a website so their amazing story is told. On top of this, we've had volunteers & our board travel and do site visits on our behalf to ensure there is good accountability with site visits on top of their consistent reporting.
Until now, as a donor, it seemed the only good stories I heard were the ones the big organizations have edited and shown me. Finally, we can hear directly from the mission field unedited and in it's raw form.
If you're providing fundraising & storytelling support who provides the spiritual support for these missionaries?
Love Global doesn't necessarily send any missionaries, but we come alongside missionaries who are already doing work. About 25% of the missionaries we support are with a Canadian registered mission organization and that mission organization provides the council and spiritual support. The other 75% are connected to a mission organization in their respective country which provides the same.
We concentrate our efforts on helping missionaries tell their story and raise support (which is the #1 stressor for missionaries) and an area often overlooked or not developed.
We've seen over 1,400 new donors to missions since we began, over 80% of them being under 40. We've been able to see new engaged donors giving to missions.
If someone isn't with a registered Canadian mission organization what's the process to become supported by your foundation?
We've partnered with the Great Commission Foundation who we've created an application form with to ensure all applicants answer the neccessary questions. All applicants know that they are asked to do two reports a week which provides good accountability. They also know we do surprise and planned visits so there will be no surprises.
Also, because this is all web based we're able to get feedback anonymously and reports back from people in that country if there is anything strange or off about what is being posted.
1. How does one approach ministering to children, especially orphan children?
According to the Bible, Proverbs 22:6, says that “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart it” Among the many other approaches a person may think of in approaching child ministry, we approach it with a Holistic Child Development (HCD). In holistic child development we cater for all of the child’s aspects of life including the spiritual, cognitive, socioemotional and physical aspects of life. Here a child is ministered to holistically. This will help us to come up with fulfilled Christian adults who shall be the agents of change in their respective communities.
2. How does one talk to them about Christ?
Since orphaned children tend to have passed through times of grief, pain and sorrow, we present Christ to them as one who holds their future in his hands through skits, songs, Bible study, memorizing short Bible verses, Bible quizzes. We endeavour to let them put their faith and hope in Christ. But prior to these, we must love them by getting closer them daily as well as practical demonstration of interest in their lives. When children sense that you’re not interested in their lives, they get demoralized and in the same way loose interest and trust in you. Their interest to a mature person is a reciprocal of your interest in them.
3. How do the orphan children receive love?
By practical provision of their day to day needs which includes clothes, food, shelter, beddings, scholastic materials and school fees among others. Also by meeting their spiritual needs by praying and counselling them.
4. What is the hardest part about ministering to orphan children?
Delinquent behaviours in orphaned children. This happens when a child has lost parents, passed through hard situations without sufficient care, they develop delinquent behaviours which are difficult to reverse. Also, the other hardest part is lack of sufficient financial support to adequately cater for their day-to-day needs.
5. What are the children thinking about Jesus?
They think that he loves, cares, heals, provides and gives them knowledge at our school.
6. What have you learnt from ministering to children?
A child is either a big man or a woman in a small body! They reason, understand and have strong memory as well as imaginations. They need people to follow as their model in life which requires us to behave well before them since in most cases they directly copy what we do into their lives.
7. Why do you think God chose you to lead this orphan school?
God put a strong desire into my heart to help these children who were wandering in our community without any one caring for them. These children had no chance of going to school and their parents and caregivers who’re members of our church could not write and read the Bible in their local language. This prompted me to establish this orphan’ and neediest school project called Good Samaritan Community Nursery and Primary School.
8. How has God prepared you for this ministry?
It all began with seeing a gap for a Sunday school teacher for children in my former church where I grew from. I ministered as a Sunday school teacher for three years and thereafter I was appointed to be a youth pastor for five years. In all this period I developed much love and compassion for child ministry. My heart was getting prepared for child ministry which the Lord had already put into my heart.Therefore, I’m sending my humble request to all people, families, companies, organisations, churches and the government to come on board and support this work of child ministry which the Lord Himself has begun in our community.
God bless you.
Pastor Joseph Tumwebaze