Send a Doctor who loves Jesus to the Unreached
Organized by: John Doe
I'd like to invite you to partner with my family and join a journey twelve years in the making. My wife and I dream of taking our family overseas to share the gospel with an unreached people group to the glory of Christ.
What is an unreached people group?
"I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation, but as it is written,
“Those who have never been told of him will see,
and those who have never heard will understand.”
Space here does not permit a full explanation, but in essence, an Unreached People Group is an community of people distinct because of its borders, language, and customs. For more information, please check out the following resources. (1)
To that end, I have spent the last ten years training to become a physician. When I was in high school, my pastor introduced me to the idea of "creative access." Many of the countries that have yet to be reached with the Gospel are unreached precisely because they are hostile to Christ. Missionaries are not welcome, evangelism is illegal, and conversion to Christianity will mean the loss of jobs, friends, family, and even life. The answer? Meaningful contribution to the needs of the local people as a means to gaining access. Authorities tend to look the other way if one plants churches in secret while performing valuable community service in the open. From a "legitimate" platform, the work of evangelism and church planting can take place. Thus, I became a doctor.
Unfortunately, becoming a doctor has not been a cheap enterprise. We counted the cost and decided that reaching the nations with the Gospel was worth the time, money, and energy required. While we think this was the right choice for us and would make the same decision all over again, we mourn the lost time and the debt that we have incurred.
And that's what this fundraiser is for. We humbly ask for help your getting to the field.
After four years in college and four years in medical school, I finally became a doctor. Now I have just two and a half years remaining in my residency program, the final step on the path to becoming a board certified phyisician, licensed to practice my specialty. In the meantime, I'm also working on a limited seminary education, as required by sending agencies. Our plan is to go through the International Mission Board (http://www.imb.org/main/default.asp), an arm of the Southern Baptist convention. I'll need 14 more hours of seminary credit before we will qualify. At minimum, we'll need two to three years before we can go (2016-17), plus however long it takes to pay off my student loans.
What we are asking:
Your donation, however large or small, word-of-mouth advertising to your friends and family, and your prayers.
What we are not asking:
We do not want to rob your church. Nor do we want to rob Lottie Moon (http://www.imb.org/main/give/pagelm.asp) or the Cooperative Program (http://www.sbc.net/cp/). Give to these first. Give generously and sacrificially. And if you have any left over and feel our cause is a good one, we would be incredibly grateful if you could see us to the field.
How do I know you're who you say you are?
For security reasons, I am not going to give my full identity online. We have every intention of entering a closed country, and the less of a footprint we leave on the internet for security personnel to find, the better. We don't want to be turned away at the border because someone Googled my name and discovered I had a web page talking about how I want to be a missionary. We will not provide our photos, because facial recognition software is becoming a powerful tool of government agencies. I will tell you this much: I am training in a residency program in the southeast United States. We are members of a new church plant in the Southern Baptist Convention. My wife is the daughter of a Southern Baptist pastor. Her brother went to the Middle East as a Journeyman and plans to return there one day. We love Jesus, we love each other, we love our newborn son, we love our church, we love the SBC, and we love the IMB.
I realize that's not enough when it comes to this kind of money. I would not think it a wise use of Kingdom resources to give without knowing I could trust such a story. That is why I will be asking a trusted internet "celebrity" to verify our story. I will be writing to him personally and providing my family's identities, our credentials, our pastor and church references, and anything else he wishes to know to endorse us. I will ask him to create a small page on his website verifying our story and I will hopefully provide a link here in the near future.
What will the money be used for?
We promise that 100% of the donated funds will be put towards paying off our student loan debt. If, by God's grace, we actually raise more money than we owe, we would set aside the extra for seminary tuition, and if we somehow raised more than that, the rest would go to Lottie Moon.
What will the money not be used for?
Basically, we will not use this money to increase our lifestyle in any way, shape, or form.
What happens if you don't make it to the field?
A reasonable question. There's always the chance that we might die, or develop an illness that precludes us from going, or some other unforseen circumstance. I tell you that if we cannot advance the gospel with our own six feet, we'll make sure others can go in our place. If I stay in the United States, I'll find a job that makes a ridiculous amount of money, and every dollar of that money that I make more than a modest lifestyle requires will go towards sending missionaries. We'll pour our lives into funding Lottie Moon and the Cooperative Program to ensure that the workers of the harvest are many. We'll see to it that, at a bare minimum, we repay what is donated to Lottie Moon if we are unable to go.
We want to make much of Christ with our lives. Christ-willing, and with your help, we will spend our lives for the sake of the Gospel in the field. Thank you for reading this far, and if you choose to donate, you have our heartfelt gratitude.