A pastor in New Hersheybar emails me. “Pastor McKeever, I read your articles. We need your help. We are a struggling community of small churches trying to get established, trying to get financial support, trying to get our ministers educated. Can you come help us or send cash?”
Well, maybe it’s never worded exactly like that, but that’s the gist.
How to know.
Is this guy for real, and is this a genuine opportunity to make a difference for the Kingdom of God? Or is this fellow preying on the (so-called) rich Americans who are burdened with lots of spare cash and zero discernment?
I tell him to contact our International Mission Board at www.imb.org. If we do not have missionaries in his country, we surely have a department with responsibility for his part of the world and someone in that office will be delighted to hear from him. Maybe someone there will know somebody who can assist him. And once in a while, we have a “representative” or “consultant” (as they are frequently called these days) living right there in his village.
Usually, that’s the last I hear from this fellow. Whether I discouraged him or exposed him is impossible to know.
I’m thankful for this denominational agency for a thousand reasons.