As missionaries who raise their own funds based on the benevolence of others, the staff of IHOP and other missions organizations around the world find themselves in a unique position. We would appear to be most affected by a financial downturn, when in reality, we have wrangled a certain insulation from it.
Before you write me off as crazy, think with me a little bit. If you’re a missionary, here are a few things to consider in these days of financial panic.
You cannot be fired.
Along with “do I have any money left?”, the question a lot of people are asking right now is “with the increase in expenses and the tightened credit market, will I still have a job in 3 months?”
I can’t tell you what will happen to the conventional job market, but I am positive of this - as a Christian worker, you are in one of the most unique rolls in the world. You can be relieved of your earthly assignment by a superior in your sending organization, but you can’t really be fired. The only thing that can separate you from the job God’s called you to do is your own conscious decision to quit. So long as you’re not quitting, you have a job to do. Don’t clean out your desk prematurely.
Even in times of crisis, nepotism works.
Anyone who’s ever worked at a family business knows that it’s nearly impossible for a supervisor to be impartial when it comes to family and non-family workers. Try as we might, it’s just too hard to separate family loyalties in the workplace.
For once in your life, this is going to work for you. You are not a hired gun, you’re the favorite son. God the Father picked you for this role Himself. Lack of income may mean the water gets shut off and the lights go out, but you’re still going to be a son, and there’s always room for a son. Your Father will see to it.
You’re already 2 steps removed from the problem.
At the risk of oversimplifying, our earthly economy is based in the concepts of supply and demand. Price and value are determined by a) how much stuff is available and b) how much demand there is for said stuff. It all comes down to what’s available and how many people need it.
In doing the work of the Father, you’re in a unique place of enjoying unlimited supply and being in unlimited demand. God provides - salvation, resources, vision, energy, passion, and yes, food! - so that you have unlimited supply. The need or demand for the things of God - particularly salvation - grows exponentially as the population of our planet grows. Even among those who have received it, there is a great need for ministry, training, healing, etc. Simply put, you (and people like you) are in great demand, and will be throughout eternity.
I don’t mean to make light of the looming crisis. It is real...and it’s not just about Wall Street fat cats. Innocent people will lose a lot of money through none of their own ill doing.
I do mean to draw a connection between a confident heart and the unique place one puts themselves in when they fully trust in God. Come what may, we’re in good hands - and it’s not an insurance company or a market analyst.