Bill Dillon is a veteran fundraiser for missions, and so when gives insight on raising missionary support, we should listen.
Don’t expect everyone to fall in love with your vision.
“… donors have preferences when it comes to giving.”
Although it may baffle and frustrate you, some people will not give a gift financially towards your ministry.
You can have the best presentation, have the best strategy, have good reason to expect excellent results – but some people just won’t fall in love with you vision.
And that’s ok too.
You just never know what sharing your vision will do. It may result in financial support for your ministry, but it may not.
Here’s why you should always take an opportunity to share the vision – even if there is no future giving.
You have no way to predict how God will use what you share.
Your vision may embolden somebody listening to give more generously, but to another ministry that needs it.
Your vision may embolden somebody to start a whole new ministry.
You vision may encourage a child to go into missions several years in the future.
In short, sharing your vision can bear so much good fruit other than getting more funds for your ministry. And you have no way of predicting what that good fruit may be, and you may never see it in your lifetime!
So share the vision, and know that you are not wasting your time, even if people are not falling in love with your vision.