But, then I thought about what the word “beg” actually means. According to the dictionary “to beg” isto “ask with emotion.” Turns out, “begging” is exactly what I do. I “ask with emotion” for people to join with ISF and invest in a cause much larger than ourselves. God has called us to be His hands and feet and that requires resources. I “ask with emotion” on behalf of the hundreds of orphans and needy children being cared for through our partnerships in Kenya and Uganda. I “ask with emotion” on behalf of the millions of children in central Asia, like the boy pictured above, who depend on the mobilization of volunteers to bring the good news of the Gospel to his religiously restricted home country. I “ask with emotion” on behalf of the 200 volunteers that we will mobilize in the next year. I “ask with emotion” for the 20 missionaries and Christian nationals we will support next year with volunteer teams and financial aid.
Now back to the original question. “Do I ever get tired of it?” You better believe I do! It is exhausting to have the constant feeling that the needs will always outweigh the resources. It is exhausting to think about the fact that every 30 seconds a child dies from the lack of clean water and food. It is exhausting to have my experiences and first-hand knowledge of people with no access to healthcare or safe drinking water in other countries while I live in a place where we mindlessly march on in our wasteful ways living the American dream.
So, the bottom line is this; yes, I get tired of “begging for money.” But, until there is no need for advocacy for the lost, hurting and hungry, I WILL NOT STOP. I may grow weary, but I will not stop “asking with emotion.” It is my prayer that you will hear the voices of those whom we serve and be compelled to join us and see what God would do through you and your generosity!