Just this week my good mate Brit, (I like his name), wrote a post concerning the disparity of car washes collecting money compared to the homeless not being allowed to collect money on the streets. It’s a great post, you can read it here.
Well, here’s the deal, Brit’s post really got me thinking about car washes that many of us do to raise money for our missions trips. As Brit’s post communicated,
“I know we have a panhandler and then you have a fundraiser… but why is one who is in need forced to move on, while others who are desiring something more (new skirts, new trumpets, new shoes, bus to go on a mission trip) they can wave their signs and get hand outs.”
Now before you read on, know that I am only asking questions that I am struggling through. I would really love your thoughts on this and get a different vantage point. For now, I am struggling with the idea of the local church soliciting the local community to pay for a church event… Here’s my point in a nutshell:
As churches, why are we asking the community to pay for a missions trip when our church family should be supporting it?
I mean, honestly, is this the right message we should be sending our community?
“Hey, we are doing a missions trip to this cool place… Can you pay for it?”
Or, maybe the message they receive is,
“Hey, we’re doing this missions trip to this cool place, and our church doesn’t have enough money to pay for it, so we will ask our community to fund it instead of our church family…”
Now, you need to know that on this Memorial Weekend myself and bunch of students WILL be doing a car wash, but it won’t be for a missions trip. It will be free to our community, but if people insist on paying, we’ll donate it to Tornado Relief Funds or a similar charity. Is this different? I don’t know? What are your thoughts on this? I have not considered all the angles on this one, but I would love your thoughts. Feel free to comment!