I have never done any actual fundraising before, and I'm certainly not going to enter for a sponsored run or anything like that! But I have decided to do a sponsored fast – known as the SLOW FAST – from Monday to Friday, 14-18 May. So I have decided to do this through the new Stewardship facility, give.net.
I am going on a dawn-to-dusk fast from Monday to Friday, 14 – 18 May 2012. But I'm not just going to starve himself. Each day there will be a specific activity or challenge with a particular purpose in mind.
This is in support of the SCFS with particular reference to the work we do in the Philippines. If you would like to sponsor me, that would be great – although I would be the first to accept that we all receive a lot of such requests these days. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please do pass this on.
Please also pray that each day's activity will be fruitful and that the ministry of the SCFS will be built up in the process. Here is my itinerary for the week.
Monday 14 May
A day of fasting and prayer for all SCFS workers worldwide. We have something like 40 workers, some full time and others part time. But all will be prayed for. Mike is going to speak to as many workers as possible during the day so that much of the prayer will be telephone prayers as Mike joins with each SCFS worker in lifting his particular need to God. Will Mike manage to speak to and pray for every worker?
Tuesday 15 May
A day of fasting, Bible study and reflection. What does God have in store for the SCFS? Mike will make this a day of seeking God's guidance and direction for the ministry of SCFS.
Wednesday 16 May
A day of fasting and encouragement. Mike has long admired the work of a number of Christians engaged in other ministries. Today he will finally have the time to contact them, just to tell them so! These people are doing a brilliant job, and Mike wants to encourage them, and also tell them why he believes they are so effective. But the encouragement won't be all one-way – Mike also hopes to learn from the experience and practices of these other mission leaders.
Thursday 17 May
The Fast Write! How many 350 word articles will Mike be able to write in one day? Each article must be of sufficient quality to be published by the website www.parishpump.co.uk and suitable for use in church magazines.
Friday 18 May
Knit Fast! SCFS missionaries always need a steady supply of woolly hats for giving out on board ship. And the SCFS is truly grateful to all their supporters who beaver away with the knitting needles as their way of serving this ministry. But should SCFS Director Mike expect SCFS supporters to do something he wouldn't do himself? So – even though Mike has never even touched a pair of knitting needles in his life, he is determined to knit one woolly hat. He has eight hours to learn what to do, how to read a knitting pattern and to turn out a hat of sufficiently good quality that it would be a suitable gift for a seafarer. And whatever Mike produces – good or bad – he will put on his head and post a photograph on Give.net to show it off!
Thanks for your support!