A post from my wife:
I struggled for a long time with the idea of raising support for what we do. Pretty much for 2 years I refused to entertain the idea. However, over time, God has shown me that it’s what we need to do. It’s the most biblical way to do ministry full time, and instead of doing everything alone, you surround yourself with people who really, truly believe in you. And, well, that is such a better feeling than trying to do everything yourself. Also, there’s nothing that will tear down your pride like asking people for money. ☺ Still, sometimes people have questions.
WHY DO WE FUNDRAISE?
We’ve gotten a lot of questions from people asking why we need monthly sponsors to do what we do. After all, we get paid for doing shows, right? While that is correct, we have a vision that is bigger than running a business.
1.) We don’t want to only do the shows that churches can afford. It costs money for an event. However, it’s really hard for smaller churches to pay for it. They don’t have the numbers, and therefore rarely have the funds to do big outreach events. We want to be able to say “yes” to these smaller communities who are willing to work, to spend time in the area drawing people. We want to give these smaller communities the same outreach that we do for larger communities – while continuing to pay the bills.
2.) Sean and I feel called to do missions – both in the states and overseas. Sean has a rare gift, and I want him to use it as much as possible. When he’s not traveling, I want him to be able to do local ministry in our community full time. Also, we would love to be able to do at least a couple of international mission trips a year. And, well, mission trips cost money. Flights, food, etc. Since we plan on doing multiple trips per year, using a fundraising site like GoFundMe wouldn’t work for us. We would just have it running 365 days a year!
HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE?
Honestly, any amount is amazing. Some people feel led to give $10/month, others might feel led to give $100/month or more. It’s completely up to what you feel led to do. Just know that we are so thankful.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I DONATE?
More than anything, we want our donors and prayer supporters to be like a FAMILY to us. We want to get to know you, your husband/wife, your kids, etc. We truly want a relationship with the people that sponsor us. We’d love to put you on our newsletter list just to keep you updated on the behind the scenes stuff. ☺ If you have any other questions, feel free to message me. If you’re interested in donating, you can click the donate tab on the website at SeanEmory.com
Love you guys.
Sean & Andrea