It’s been a busy month and a half in the Patton house as we prepared to enter the home stretch before heading to Greece to serve with Hellenic Ministries. We are so grateful for you! In fact, we literally could not do this without you.
Over the last few weeks and months many of you have asked some great questions about support raising— why we are raising support, what that even means, and how you can partner with us through prayer and giving. Today, we want to take a few minutes and answer a few of those questions by talking about sustainable giving— the thing we need not only to go to Greece, but to stay and serve long-term.
What we need not only to go, but to stay.
Long-term missions is different than short-term missions. One major difference is funding. In order to leave our jobs, move overseas, and partner with Hellenic Ministries we must raise 100% of our financial support— support that includes much more than the expenses typically associated with short-term trips.
Our initial one-time expenses include pre-field training, the cost of relocation, setup expenses, two years of language school, and a vehicle. We also need to raise our entire monthly salary, which will support the two of us plus our youngest son, Blake.
Imagine of all your normal monthly bills and expenses (everything from rent, to taxes, and health insurance)— that is our monthly salary. On top of that, we also have to raise some of our ministry expenses. As you can imagine, no matter how frugal we are, this is no small amount.
Currently, we have almost 60% of our monthly budget pledged and over half of our one-time expenses given! We feel incredibly blessed, loved, and encouraged! However, we are a long way from 100%, and we long to be in Greece as soon as possible.
Our greatest need in order to go (and stay) is for more people to partner with us as monthly supporters. Monthly supporters are people who commit to donate any amount continually (even on a quarterly or annual basis).
That is where this chart comes in!
This chart shows what we still need to reach 100% of our monthly support. We have suggested amounts between $25 and $500, but in reality, any and every commitment helps. We recognize that everyone’s financial situation is different and are grateful for your generosity.
Not everyone is called to sell most of their belongings, pack a few suitcases, and move overseas for the sake of the Gospel. We also recognize that God hasn’t called everyone to give to us, BUT we do know that he has called some. That is why we are asking you to pray about joining our team as a monthly financial partner.
Have you been called to support a missionary? Have you been called to support us? If so, contact us or follow the instructions below and begin giving today.
With Joy and Gratitude,
John & Amy Patton
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT OUR MINISTRY:
- Online: Follow the link to Hellenic Ministries’ Giving Page: https://hellenicministries.org/give. Under US/Recurring Gift, select “Missionary Support.” Designate your donation for “John and Amy Patton.” Complete the prompts, and you are good to go!
- Automatic Bank Draft: Call Hellenic Ministries’ US Director, Steve Dutton at the US number listed on the website to set up a secure automatic draft from your bank account. This may sound old school, but it’s actually the method we recommend as the online system eats about 3% of all donations.
- Check: Mail checks made payable to Hellenic Ministries directly to the US office at the address below. Include our names in the memo and a short note in the envelope stating “the donation is to support missionaries, John and Amy Patton.”
PO Box 726
Wheaton, IL 60187
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING:
Please, let us know when and how much you begin giving. This helps us thank you personally, track our goals, and make sure your donations are designated accurately.
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”
Philippians 1:3-5, ESV
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