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The importance of relationship-based missions

Since YWAM’s inception, the founders, Loren and Darlene Cunningham, felt from the Lord that the work of each missionary, ministry, and campus should be built on the principles of “living by faith” and “support-raising.” As a result, YWAM adopted a relationship-based approach to missions: everyone is required to raise their own support, primarily through enlisting the partnership of friends, family, and churches, in order to serve with the mission. This means volunteers do not receive a salary or remuneration from YWAM for their work with YWAM. This lifestyle of faith is the model given to us by the Levitical priests, Jesus Himself, the Apostle Paul, and the missionary teams of the New Testament (Numbers 18:21-24; Luke 8:1-3; Matthew 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 9:13; Philippians). Each account recorded in the Bible reminds us of two things.

First, that our security is not in money, but in God, who will be faithful to provide everything needed to accomplish His plans on the earth.

“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:30-33 (ESV)

Second, that He enjoys involving people in His plans and therefore invites like-minded believers to partner with those in full-time ministry.

“Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.” Luke 8: 1-3 (ESV)

The body of Christ was intended to function in interdependence. God calls each one of us to play a unique role in fulfilling the Great Commission, whether in the church or one of the other spheres of society. It is in unity that we will be most effective in reaching the entire world with the Good News!

As it says in 1 Corinthians 12, “God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be… The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’” Ministry partnerships formed between missionaries and their supporters are invaluable – not only for the financial support, but more importantly for the mutual prayer, encouragement, and accountability that comes with it.

If a person believes in a missionary enough to support them financially, they will also pray for them, which is even more indispensable than financial support. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 (ESV)

At the end of the day, it’s about relationship. As believers, we are meant to “…stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24, ESV) by bearing one anothers burdens and sharing testimonies of God’s work in our lives that inspire the Church to trust God for greater things!

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Bank Account 3000 15 20292
IBAN NO1530001520292


NUMMER: 129522 (M16)

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