Q. I'm doing a mission trip to Argentina for 3 to 4 weeks next summer. We'll be putting on concerts in multiple churches across the country. I have to raise my own money and was wondering about the best way to raise money online. I know there are sites like KickStarter, but I don't know if they work for mission trips. Thank you very much for your help!
-Carl from Oak Brook, IL, listens to my national radio show on WLS 890 AM
A. That sounds like an exciting trip, Carl! I bet you'll have a lot of great experiences, and I'm sure the churches in Argentina will be blessed. However, don't forget to schedule some time to take in the local sites.
Of course, you do have to get there first and that takes money. I'm going to assume you've made arrangements to ask for donations at your home church. People you know well are always more willing to support you. Your church might even have a general mission fund you can apply for.
With the Internet, however, you can go beyond your immediate environment. You can get support from friends and family far away, and people you don't know so well - or perhaps at all. Just be aware you'll be competing with a lot of other people who are also asking for money.