Wednesday, October 14, 2015

What does all this partnership and budget stuff mean?

This post was updated to reflect our current situation in March 2019:

With talk about monthly budgets, partnership, and all of these percentages, perhaps you may be wondering what all of this stuff means. Well, let's see if we can clear things up a bit.

So what is this monthly budget thing?
  Our monthly budget is what pays for all of our monthly costs. This is what enables us to live and continue to do ministry helping the Titan people of Papua New Guinea (PNG) in their project to translate the Bible into the Titan language.

What does the monthly budget pay for?
  It covers the usual expenses like housing costs, groceries, bills, and other living costs. However, it also pays for health insurance (we pay the whole cost), social security and other taxes, retirement, travel expenses (travel to and from PNG is quite costly), evacuation insurance, ministry expenses like computer equipment for the translators, etc.

Where does the money for this monthly budget come from?
  A few churches have financially partnered with us so far, but most of our monthly budget comes from individual people like you who believe in what we are doing and want to partner with us by faithfully giving each month to our Wycliffe ministry.

How much of your monthly budget do you still need?
  We are currently receiving about 75% of our monthly budget, but need to be at 100% to be released by our supervisor to begin our remote assignment of continuing to help the Titans with their Bible translation project.

I thought you were at 100% of your monthly budget. What happened?
  We were, but some of our financial partners had changes in their lives and financial situations, so they are no longer able to give. That reduced the amount we are receiving each month. Then, while in PNG, Wycliffe did a cost of living budget requirement increase for all of its missionaries, which meant that the amount we needed to receive each month went up. Finally, our budget requirement, the amount we need to be receiving each month, was recently increased again to account for higher living expenses in the States as well as increased health care and travel costs.

How is this different than a short term missions trip?
  The work of Bible translation takes years (7-20+) to complete, so what we are doing is very different. People going on short term trips just need to raise money once for the whole trip's expenses. In contrast, we need money coming in every month, for as many years as it takes, to continue our Wycliffe ministry helping with Bible translation.

Why do you call it partnership, is that the same as raising support?
  We at Wycliffe think of it as partnership, because it truly is a partnership. Our Wycliffe ministry of helping with Bible translation won't continue without enough prayer and financial partners. Missions work is costly, but the rewards are eternal. Our partners are just as much a part of the work as we are, and will share in those rewards. We are called to help the Bibleless to have God's Word so they can come to know Jesus, and we have been trained for that work. You may not be called to go, but you can still be a part of our ministry team through prayer and financial partnership.

So why don't you get to work right away?
  We would love to! However, Wycliffe wisely requires us to be receiving 100% of our monthly budget in order to release us to begin our remote assignment. We want to begin our remote assignment as soon as possible, and will be able to once we are receiving 100% of our monthly budget.

How can we financially partner with you?
  You can do that online by clicking here, entering an amount to give each month, and then clicking the give button. That will take you to another screen that will allow you to fill in your information and choose how you would like to give. Clicking "I would like to make this a recurring donation" will allow you to continue to give each month automatically.

Are my gifts tax deductible? 
  Yes, you are giving to Wycliffe, so all gifts are tax deductible.

Is all this stuff really worth it?
  You can read the answer to that by clicking here.

We hope that answers some of your questions, but if not, feel free to talk to us or leave a comment with your question.

Also, to see answers to some other questions you might have, you can click here.

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