I listened to her presentation, fascinate by her honest yet shocked by her request. I was with 100 college students who were being challenged to fund the drilling of a well in the Middle East. The presenter needed $40,000 for the well and admitted that fundraising and administrative costs accounted for the much of the total cost. Further, she noted there would not be a church or missionary in the region providing Christian ministry.
Turning to my daughter I said, “Our Cooperative Program (CP) supported missionaries can dig well for a fraction of that and leave the ongoing witness of a missionary or church to give a ‘cup of water in Jesus ‘name.” Baptist Global Response and Women’s Missionary Union offer way for Southern Baptists to provide additionally resourced for purer water through missions projects that leverage our CP giving.
She responded, “why don’t we know that?’ Sadly, I admitted we need to do a better job of telling the story of Southern Baptist missions. A year or so later I was telling this story to a group of pastors. A retired IMB missionary became extremely agitated Mumbling, then almost shouting he said “$40,000! I dug hundreds of wells in that region for $1000 a piece.”
Southern Baptist often forget that the Cooperative Program. Like the water system in your neighborhood, quietly and efficiently provides maximum impact with minimal administration. Southern Baptist Missionaries need not spend immense effort on fundraising.
Because of the financial foundation of CP, we can give. Southern Baptists can additionally provide buckets of hope, healthcare kits, food, job training, business investment and clean water through missionaries and churches on the field. The result is your CP dollar being powerfully leveraged and providing that cup of water in Jesus’ named.
“Why I Still Believe in the Cooperative Program”