In Part 2 of Mark’s city, Mark writes,
The most ambitious [missionaries] for God are sometimes even successful [at finding supporting and sponsoring congregations], but most potential missionaries are lost to the mission field, giving up on their call because they
a) have only a small number of congregations who know them personally and none of those is willing or in a position to offer oversight and/or support, or
b) they personally do not have the resources to fund weeks, if not months, of cross-country travel for full-time fund raising, or
c) they simply do not have the skills for fund raising. Their desire and training, perhaps their giftedness, is being a missionary, not a fundraiser.
So — is he right? Are we losing missionaries who could be very effective in the field because they are unable to find sponsoring congregations or aren’t skilled at fundraising?
If so, what’s a better plan?