SPEAK is Network based on relationships with lots of people inputting in various ways to pray and campaign on issues of global injustice and share our faith in Jesus through building local communities of SPEAK groups. Some people commit more time than others and ask to be supported in this by those who share the vision.
This personal sponsorship cuts out the need for expensive fundraiser and monthly support has proved to be much more sustainable than grant income from trust funds etc.
But more than that, it helps SPEAK staff members develop a support group who give and pray and take an interest in the ups and downs of pioneering God’s work. These partners are invaluable, as anyone who has lived in this way will tell you! It can also involve people in SPEAK’s work and encourage them to think about justice, forming part of their discipleship process.
It seem like a huge mountain to climb at first, but thousands of Christian workers do it and we have training and support for new staff all the way through. Everyone knows about missionaries raising support to go overseas but student ministry staff for organisations such as Agape, UCCF and Fusion raise support in this country. You're not alone!