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Christensen's Financial Support Deficit
end of 2020

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

Thank you for clicking on the link to read more about our financial situation.

Short Version--stats and info
  • Every year expenses increase, mostly due to health insurance rates.
  • We've lost over $700 in monthly support over the past two years, mostly due to donors dying, others because of financial constraints.
  • We need $1,700 in monthly pledges to be fully funded.
  • One-time gifts are helpful too.  Committed donations, called pledges, are the most helpful (they can be set up annually, quarterly, or monthly).
  • EFT (electronic funds transfer) from your checking or savings means you won't forget and WT doesn't have to pay a fee to the credit card company.

Longer Version--explanations

Q: Why do you need to ask for money?
World Team is a non-denominational faith mission, which means Heather and I work for a non-profit that does not have companies or foundations or big annual fundraisers to finance the organization.  Following biblical models, World Team missionaries solicit prayer and financial support from churches and friends who become true partners in our ministries.  That's where the money comes from to do what we do--mostly small monthly donations from individuals giving directly to World Team, or church members giving to their church's missions budget and then the church sends funds to World Team.

Q: Why can't you work for your salary?
Well, that's actually what we do!  World Team pays us to do what we do and if you know us, we work hard.  It is true that in some locations, a missionary or his/her spouse is able to work a "regular job" and so they only raise funds for ministry expenses.  In Haiti that's not possible.

Q: Isn't CIU paying you this year?
The Missionary in Residence program is designed for missionaries on home assignment who have a salary and benefits provided by their mission agency, but who need a place to live and who want to invest their "fresh from the field" experience in CIU students.  CIU provides us with a furnished apartment that would cost us well over $1,000/month if we had to pay for it.  It's a win-win for CIU, for World Team and for us.

Q: How can you still be functioning with such a monthly deficit?
Mostly because of generous one-time donations that are not pledged, and you don't know if or when they will happen again.  Love offerings from churches when we speak there give quite a boost to our ministry account, but those are only occasional.  A few years ago we worked hard to reduce costs and that helped, but health insurance increases wiped those gains out pretty quickly. Little by little the surplus in our account has been decreasing and now we barely have a surplus.

Q: What are your options?
We are praying and we are communicating the financial needs of our ministry to our faithful current supporters, prayer team and other friends.  If God is pleased to meet this need, then we can continue as is and He will inspire people like you to join in this ministry through prayer, giving and encouragement.  If not, then we will need to take a pay cut.  You know we are frugal, but we're not eating potatoes and ketchup every day.  As the missionary Apostle Paul wrote to one of his supporting churches: "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:12-13).

Q: What is your ministry?
Well, it's like this:
  • Haiti -- Sean is a professor of New Testament and Biblical Languages at the Bible Institute of Light where he teaches new and current leaders in local Haitian churches.  He's working to cast a vision and to facilitate opportunities for Haitians to engage in global missions.
  • Haiti -- Heather organizes spiritual and social events for missionaries such as women's Bible studies, children's musicals, social gatherings and basketball.  She is passionate about the health of missionary families, wives and MKs.  Heather also homeschools our teenaged children.
  • North America -- Sean is currently World Team's North America Area Director where he works with key leaders in WT who are reaching immigrant communities in U.S. cities and who are starting new initiatives in Canada to reach immigrants coming from unreached areas of the world.
  • Americas -- Sean serves on the area leadership team for the Caribbean and Latin America, coaching new missionaries, linking denominational leaders together across the Caribbean and identifying new people groups who aren't being reached with the Gospel.
  • World Team -- Sean is working with two German colleagues on new missionary training material on multi-cultural teams and cultural proficiency.
  • Plus a bunch of other stuff.
Q: When will you return to Haiti?
Our home assignment is in three phases.  (1) Summer 2020 visit supporters in Wisconsin, which we did as best as we could given the pandemic. (2) Missionary in Residence at CIU, which ends in May 2021. (3) Summer 2021 visit supporters in Maine.  After this, we plan to help our three boys get ready for the school year in South Carolina and then Heather, Ellie and I will fly back to Haiti, probably the first week of September.

Q: How do I start giving or increase my giving?
You can start by clicking on one of the "Giving Options" links below.  You can give by check, by electronic funds transfer (EFT) from your bank account [preferred method!], or by credit card.  You can set it up online or over the phone.  It is helpful to let Donor Services know if you are giving a one-time gift or if you are committing to giving at regular intervals.  This helps us to form our budget.

Q: How else can I help?
We need new supporters, especially younger ones!  Share about our ministry to others and let them know that our ministry could use their support.  Every bit helps.  Even the cost of one latte coffee per week can mean Haitian kids in school, or eating a meal, or new Creole literature to grow their faith, or time and energy put into bringing the news of Jesus Christ to new frontiers.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

Your partners in the Gospel,

Sean, Heather, Ian, Erik, Joey and Ellie Christensen

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