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How Much Support Will I need to Raise?

If you dream of becoming a missionary, this question is probably high on your mind. And we wish we could give you an easy answer! But the missionary endeavor isn’t like making cogs in a factory—missionaries have different needs and serve in wildly varied parts of the world, and this affects their salary.

At a typical job, your paycheck is only part of your overall salary package. An employer might also be paying for insurance, taxes, travel costs—not to mention covering the costs of running the workplace and providing any technology needed to do the job.

When you become a missionary with SEND International, you are partnered with a missions coach who will take these factors into account to create your customized budget:

  • The size of your family
  • The cost of health and life insurance, if the mission offers this (SEND does)
  • The cost of pension, if the mission offers this (SEND does)
  • The cost of living where you plan to serve
  • Children’s education (if applicable)
  • Daily travel costs (Car? Public transportation? Just your feet?)
  • International travel costs
  • Work expenses
  • Taxes
  • Fee for home office functions
  • Set-up needs (often one lump sum that is raised before you go)

SEND then equips you to build a support team who will pray for you and give one-time or ongoing donations to cover your budget. Your coach partners with you throughout the support-raising journey. When you feel stuck, your coach will be there to offer fresh ideas; when you reach 100 percent of your goal, your coach will be there to celebrate like crazy with you.

We also provide personalized promotional materials, training sessions, and many channels through which your donors can give.

The idea of raising support can feel strange—maybe even scary. But missionaries often mention that watching God put together a support team ends up being a huge blessing. His timing always proves perfect. He will delight you with unexpected partners, and he will provide in ways you couldn’t have imagined!

Financial partners often consider it a privilege to give. They may not be in a position to serve cross-culturally, but through their support of you, they can invest in the Kingdom. Special relationships grow out of this process, and there are no words to describe how cool/humbling/affirming it is to have a team of people and churches behind you while you serve! 

To connect with a missions coach and explore your options with SEND, click here.