It’s hard to go to church these days and not hear an uncountable number of giving requests. With so many competing opportunities, who should you bless with your funds? I personally think there are three giving priorities: tithe, pledges, and offerings, and missions can fall under the priorities of pledges and offerings. Of all the different projects competing for my money, here are five great reasons you should give to missions.
Five Great Reasons You Should Give To Missions
Expand the Kingdom
This is probably the most important reason to give to missions. When you are a sender, you send people around the world whose sole purpose is to reach the lost. We live in a broken world, and only Christ can save it. Missionaries aren’t the only solution, but they definitely play a part.
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So many ministries and non-profits use this tactic to convince people to give. It creates a guilt trip and makes people uncomfortable, which doesn’t promote giving, but it still is something that is worth considering. I don’t want to guilt you into giving to missions, because then you’ll just resent it later. However, please take time to think about some of the things you financially prioritize in your life. Are all of them really important? Is missions more important than any of them?
I have missionary friends who minister to red-light district prostitutes in India. I have missionary friends who operate feeding ministries. Missionaries were present and ministering after the disasters in Indonesia, Haiti, Japan, and Joplin. When you give to missions, you’re ministering to the souls of the lost, but also investing in ministries that bless them physically.
You may be thinking that humanitarian work is social gospel or is the responsibility of secular non-profits or the government, but I think that missionaries and missions agencies are the best humanitarian organizations to give to. All organizations have an administrative cost–if you give to them, then a percentage of that gift is reallocated to help run their office. Many missions organizations have very low administrative costs, especially compared to other humanitarian agencies. If you truly want to help those in need, wouldn’t you prefer it if 10% more of your money made it to them?
If you give to a government-registered non-profit or missions agency, then they can grant you tax credit for your donation. You have to make significant donations for this deduction to add up, but it can be an incredibly effective and beneficial way to help reduce your tax burden.
If you attend a denominational church, then your church may receive denominational awards for their missions giving. In order for this to work, you will need to make sure you give through your church instead of directly to the missions organization (you will still get tax credit, however). If you love your church and your pastor, then this can be a great way to help them receive some attention and credit.