This 40-page booklet by Henri J. M. Nouwen was once offered for free, back when I ordered it, but not now. I suppose they thought it more spiritual to charge an absurd $13.50 for it. I benefited from it, but probably wouldn’t pay that price for that few pages, especially considering that there’s only about 27 pages of actual text. OK, so it is a slick, full-color print job on every page.
If you don’t have a good handle on what I’d call the theology of fund-raising, it might be a good investment as you begin or seek to sustain your missionary task. I’ve heard a few brethren raising funds who desperately need to read it, but they probably think they have a handle on how to do it.
The booklet is the transcript of a speech Nouwen gave to a foundation. He has good words. If it provides you with a context for fund-raising, that might just justify the price since it could leverage your efforts.
Here’s a short quote from the booklet.
Asking people for money is giving them the opportunity to put their resources at the disposal of the Kingdom. To raise funds is to offer people the chance to invest what the have in the work of God. Whether they have much or little is not as important as the possibility of making their money available to God.
There’s probably a bit of a doctrinal problem here or there, but I don’t recall any offhand when I read it, some months ago. It came at a good time for me, since I was starting, and continue, in the fund-raising mode to make up major funds to be lost in June.
We all had resources: mine were spiritual and theirs were material. What was impressive was that we all wanted to work for the Kingdom, to build a community of love, to let something happen that was greater than we were individually.
The booklet is divided into eight short segments: Fund-raising as Ministry, Helping the Kingdom Come About, Our Security Base, People Who Are Rich, Asking, A New Communion, Prayer and Gratitude, and Your Kingdom Come.
I’d loan you my copy, but international mail isn’t so cheap either.