I find my position of fundraising and mission support in the writing of Luke,
After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
Jesus was supported in mission by his family and friends. No telethons. No mass marketing. No branding. Just Him do what He was called to do. If it worked for Jesus, it will work for anyone.
Many ministries spend more on fundraising than they do on evangelism. It is sad when you really think about it. They become professional charities. Leonard Ravenhill once warned a pastor that we was in danger of being professional ministries and not passionate ones. It is the sad state that many Pentecostal churches find themselves in to be honest.
I am not a pastor and with that comes little visible support. Most my support comes people like you. It is how Jesus was supported and it is how our fathers of the movement such as Smith Wiggleworth and John G. Lake were supported as well. Many of them were left for dead to preach the gospel with Pentecostal power.
Keeping Azusa Report online and growing is not an easy task. It is not just sit down, write an article and click publish. It takes work, research, networking and that is just naming a few of the challenges at hand. Often times, I have to send quite a bit of time tracking down someone to make sure what I am told is correct. This is especially true when I discuss issues like Bethel Redding and IHOPKC.
On top of that, there is costs connected to it like hosting the website, domain registry, etc. Just to keep the website online currently is about $100 on average. It does cost a lot because we have to be ready for up to 100,000 visitors a month. Below is the numbers from yesterday which is close to an average day for the website.
It is important that we build up support to do the things that Azusa Report wants to do in the future. The following is just some of the things we are hoping to be part of in the future. This does not include support that we provide to soul winning ministries already such as Teen Challenge, church planters, and several international missionaries.
Mission Trips. I have been a missionary to Samoa and Fiji and I have a huge heart for the people of the Pacific. It is often the forgotten people of the world and it needs to be re-evangelized in modern times. It is important that we reach these islanders with Pentecostal power. It is a primary goals of Azusa Report to begin doing camp meetings in the South Pacific. These cost money to do and lots of it. Flights, setting up tents, food, etc. It all cost. The more remote we end up going, the more it cost.
Ideally, this would amount to four trips per year to the Pacific. I would like to have meetings in Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu and Kiribati on a yearly basis. Fiji is the center of the Pacific. Everything culturally flows out of there. If Fiji sees revival, the region will see it in time. Samoa is where Christianity took root in 1839 and it is a major player in regional revival as well. Tuvalu and Kiribati are two the least visited nations in the world and both of them are bound in fear from rising sea levels. We would like to bring hope to them!
Education. Above everything else, the churches in the Pacific need solid teachings to deal with the rising up of cults and being able to give reasoning to what Pentecostal believe. Demanding “the bible says so” does not work with those who just want to debate. We need to train up the believers to defend what we believe and why.
This might include books written, seminars, training, etc. We also plan to work with major leaders in the Pentecostal movement to monthly address the pastors concerns in the region via Skype. We would like to have a conference call to with leaders like John Kilpatrick, Perry Stone, John Lindell, and Rodney Howard-Browne.
How you can give to Azusa Report?
There is several ways you can give. Most gifts are one time but we do have some that support us on an ongoing basis. We want to be able to make it easy for both groups.
The easiest way if you are giving one time is to use Google Wallet that basically everyone has if they have a gmail account.
When you send an email to us, you will see the dollar sign next to the attach file icon. All you need to do is click that and you will be lead to the next screen. Just put in the amount you want to give and click attach.
The next thing is just write to use any message you would have and click send. If you want it to go to a cause such as books for Teen Challenge, let us know and we will do our best for make sure it happens. If we need it somewhere else more, we will reach out and inform you of the need.