OUR OVERHEAD MUST BE KEPT LOW
“One of the greatest criticisms of missionary work today is provoked by the amount used for home expenses. I would strongly advise every contributor to find out just what portion of his dollar actually gets to the field, and how much is used for overhead. Surely fifteen percent should be sufficient to take care of the needs at home, and even that should be so designated. If money is given for the foreign field, to the foreign field it should go.
These then are the principles and practices that should govern missionary work. To ignore them is to court disaster. To apply them is to experience the blessing of God.”
Oswald J. Smith, The Challenge of Missions, page 136.
These principles set out in this series by Smith are guidelines and have tremendous value. They may cut across many of our habits and thinking. Let me suggest that before you dismiss them; ask whether they will accelerate the spread of the gospel and have a biblical footing. If they do, use them rigorously!
IN MATTERS OF FINANCE THERE SHOULD BE INFORMATION, PRAYER AND FAITH
“Information results in inspiration. To withhold information regarding either the work or the needs, is to deny God’s people the spiritual blessing that would otherwise be theirs. Moreover, untold thousands will never hear of the existence of many splendid efforts, unless we make known the work. We need the inspiration and blessing missionaries give through their work and needs. We are not all called to be a George Muller.
But then, besides telling the people, we must tell God. Prayer and missions go hand in hand. The greatest of all help in missionary work is that of intercession. We must advance on our knees. God had promised to answer prayer. If we are going to trust God, we must really trust Him. He is able to move in hearts of His people in answer to the prayer of faith and cause them to act on the information given, and contribute to the work.”
Oswald J. Smith, The Challenge of Missions, page 134-135
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