FUNDRAISING AND MOVING FORWARD
One of the most exhausting jobs of a missionary is perhaps fundraising. From early January to mid-February I travelled from Cambodia to the US to visit with churches and donors and share with them about our work we do here. During the course of a month I took 14 planes, 3 trains, and drove many miles to get to my appointments. I travelled to Montana, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and California and visited with churches, pastors, individual supporters, colleges, professors, and others. Suffice to say, this trip to the US was no vacation but a non-stop fundraising roller-coaster. And believe it or not, I’m probably going to do this two more time just in 2017.
But it was also one of the best trips I’ve taken in a while. Not only did I get to make lots of great connections, but it seems clear that God is moving to help us build up our ministry and take it in some cool new directions.
The first big change that is taking effect is with our administration. When we first started Crossing Cambodia we worked with an accounting office in Texas to receive donations and meet our legal obligations to be a non-profit. Now as we’ve become more established and with the help of our new administrator, Ms. Paulina Lobato, we are able to bring more of the accounting and book keeping in-house and bring down our administrative costs. Previously we had to pay 10% of donations to the accountant and pay credit card processing fees on top of that. We are excited to announce that with these new structures, we will be bringing the administrative cut down to a flat 8% so that more of your support goes directly to ministry. Also, with all the book keeping on our hands instead of being outsourced, we will be able to be more transparent with the use of funding.
Next I am thrilled about having met so many people who are excited about the farm project! Many people came to me wanting to talk about planting, acquiring seeds and equipment, and working on the business plan. I’ve been trying to make this project a reality for 2 years and now we’re finally gaining some traction! In addition to people being excited we've also got a probable start-up location picked out, a 2½ acre plot just outside the city! In the coming weeks I will be going out to the potential land to begin the work of designing the farm, getting estimates for digging fish ponds and wells, and looking for possible staff. At my home I'm already getting lemon and lime seedlings started as an additional crop for planting. We also need to think of a good name for the farm. Please pray that God will bless our efforts and raise up the support necessary and will continue to guide us in this endeavor.