"Any temporal possession can be turned into everlasting wealth. Whatever is given to Christ is immediately touched with immortality." - A.W. Tozer
...are often difficult for us to discuss in our culture. Maybe it's because of the high level of privacy that we Americans have worked into our lives. Maybe it's because of our own pride, not wanting our income to be compared or contrasted to that of our peers. But the fact is, we all need money in order to live. So rather than to shirk speaking about money, we thought we would take this newsletter to explain the financial aspect of our ministry.
Why Raise Support?
Africa Inland Mission is a faith-based missions organization. Unlike denominational mission boards, AIM and each of its members has no guaranteed income. All of our finances are received from churches, organizations, or individuals on a month-to-month basis, as the Lord prompts their hearts. This requires us to rely on God in a very practical way every month and allows us to have a more personal partnership with each of our supporting friends. Our desire is to develop a relationship of mutual encouragement, love, and prayer with every member of our support team.
Our Monthly Budget
One of the biggest advantages of serving with a group that has been ministering in Africa for over a hundred years is having the experience and knowledge of the various costs that will be required. As with anyone who desires to be a good steward of their God-given resources, we wanted to have the accountability of a financially sound institution to validate that our money is being used wisely and efficiently. So that all of you may see this as well, we will explain in this letter the breakdown of our monthly budget and also share with you an update of our current support pledges.
...our income will be divided into nine different categories, as shown in this graph. Those categories cover (from largest to smallest) salary, health insurance, U.S. administration, retirement, housing, social security, ministry expenses, home assignment, and international administration.
Over the past month...
...God has already begun to raise up our support team. Since being appointed with AIM last month, we have had six families commit to support us monthly. Three of those families also helped to support us during our ministry in Mexico and three of them are new supporting families. For any who didn't see our last letter, our support target that AIM has set for us is $4576 per month and outgoing expenses total $35989. Below is a chart which will show how much of our targets have been pledged by faith already.
What motivates us...
...is the same thing that motivated the apostle Paul. As he wrote to the Philippian believers, he expressed his gladness that they had the opportunity to give again to meet his needs in the ministry. He wrote, "Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit." We want to present our ministry to you as an opportunity to sow material seed and reap spiritual fruit. We want you to be able to share in the great rewards we will one day receive as we meet the many Africans who will be reached with the gospel as a result of our investment in native pastors and missionaries.
Our support team...
...is coming together out of those who will pray, those who will give monthly, and those who are giving one-time gifts. We thank each and every one of you who is contributing to our ministry in these ways. If the Lord is leading you to be a part of our team, please contact us at the information below. We would love to partner with you for the glory of God in this world!
- Jonathan, Abby & Kyle St.Clair