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When a church approaches GBM for help with sending out a missionary, one of the questions must obviously be “how much will it cost?” The answer can be daunting – because as well as personal allowance there may be the costs of accommodation, travel, health insurance, administration etc to be taken into account. So a budget is agreed for the project and each year it must be reviewed.
The next question has to be “where is the money to come from?” Clearly one way in which the sending church will demonstrate their commitment to a project will be by contributing to the cost. But few, if any, churches can meet the whole amount needed and they will seek the help of churches or individuals with whom they have close contact. Ideally each missionary should be fully supported by the gifts of interested churches.
The aim is to provide support for all missionaries to be able to meet their basic needs and to be free from undue anxiety about money.
GBM produce a scale of allowances and generally these are used as the level of allowances for all workers supported from GBM funds.
The cost of living obviously varies from country to country, and so the salary scale is adjusted to take account of these differences so that, as far as possible, all workers can have the same standard of living.
Funds are sent regularly to the missionaries, usually on behalf of the sending churches. It is our practice to send, in faith, the full amount required even though, at the time, we cannot always see where the money is to come from.
GBM exists to help local churches but it is ultimately the churches that are responsible for the care of their missionaries.
Part of a church’s commitment is the provision of financial support by way of ‘designated’ gifts which are normally channelled through the mission office.
Individuals may also give to help achieve this support. The objective is that each missionary is fully supported by the gifts of interested churches and individuals.