" . . . What the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice, and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God."
Each Missionary is responsible for raising $1,700 total for the mission trip. This will cover all of your transportation and food costs, as well as contribute to the overall mission for the cost of supplies, medical equipment, and priests.
Missionaries collect donations through community support. We do this by inviting others into our mission. We understand some people might have the financial means to pay out of pocket for the whole trip. But we do not necessarily want this to happen. We want the community to send us on mission. We want you to form a community of support around you- financially, prayerfully, emotionally.
There are two groups for every mission: those that are sent, and those that do the sending.
Sample Communications for Fundraising
Click the boxes below for examples of what other missionaries have used to ask for prayers and support:
Mission partners can make their donations to support their missionary in one of two ways:
- Check - Make check out to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. In the memo line write “Honduras” and missionary’s name (i.e. Mary Smith). The check can be given to Michelle Rieger or taken to the church. If it is taken to the church, clearly write "Honduras" and your name on an envelope directed to Kathleen Larkin and leave the envelope with the receptionist.
- Online – Visit staoptw.org/honduras-mission and follow the directions.
Keys to Effective Fundraising
Testimony: Tell your personal story of what draws you into mission. No one can deny your story. A testimony of why you chose this mission makes it personal and draws other people into your mission. We want an authentic appeal from your heart to their hearts.
Impact: Tell people what it is that we’re doing and what we are trying to change. This is a mission that anyone can get behind because it does genuine service to hurting people. It is an outreach to our Hispanic brothers and sisters that often get ignored. It is charity, it is justice, it is healthcare, is the preaching the Gospel!
Visualize: Show pictures of the chapels and children. Check out our Gallery of images that we have of the communities. This will help visualize the need so it is not abstract or remote.
Inspire: We can save a dwindling Catholic Community and improve their health and well-being. This is real. This is measurable. At our kickoff Mass at the new chapel we built for them, only one person from the community received Communion. At the end of the week in 2014, when our priests had heard their confessions, many more were able to receive our Lord. Without this mission, they would be without Confession. Think about that the next time to stand in line on any given Saturday for Reconciliation.
Ask – don’t be afraid to ask for what we need. People will give what you ask of them. Don't expect them to guess as to what you need. Part of living this Christian life is the holy boldness to present to our brothers and sisters who may have surplus to give to those who are lacking. It's biblical. Just read 2 Corinthians chapter 8 for more information on "Generosity in Giving."
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