As missionaries, we live with perhaps a greater sense of the need for prayer in all things. As we live and work in dependence on God, we covet your prayers for our family and ministry. Our most common prayer requests are: for our faith to grow amidst our circumstances, for safety, wisdom, and joy in the work, for our many relationships and the countries and people we serve. Pray also for courage and humility, and above all, for God’s glory to shine through us.
If you follow this blog or get our newsletters you will likely know more specifically how to pray. AIM also has an insightful guide on their website for those who desire to hold up missions, and missionaries, in regular prayer.
AIM is a “faith mission” organization. The missionaries who work under the banner of AIM are all individually supported, and the responsibility to raise that support is the missionary’s. AIM does not employ us. They simply represent us, and us them. Our mission organization (and the IRS) determines what level of financial support is reasonable based on our family size and specific ministry overseas. This is our “support target,” and monthly contributions from about 50 individuals and 5 churches make up this support structure for us. We rely on these gifts to live and work where we do, and ultimately we trust in faith that God will provide what we need. All contributions sent to AIM in our name go specifically to us. If we happen to be over our support target one month, the extra is set aside for our family and the months when we happen to be under.
In the years we have been active missionaries, we have seen our support go up and down. Our target has changed as our family has grown. We have gained supporters along the way, and lost some too. Although most people make pledges on how they will give, we never know what will happen from month to month. Coming from a culture where securing your own financial independence is supposed to be the key to happiness, we are certainly traveling in a different direction. We are, quite simply, constrained to trust God. Some days this is a struggle, and some days I think we may have stumbled onto the real key to happiness: being caught up in something bigger than ourselves, and the pursuit of something far more lasting than worldly success.
How to send support
If you are interested in supporting us financially (either one-time or regularly) simply send a check to AIM along with a note designating the funds for the “Delorenzos.” 100% of gifts designated for us go to our personal support and ministry and are tax-deductible.
Support checks should be sent to:
Africa Inland Mission
P.O. Box 3611
Peachtree City, GA 30269-7611
Online giving via credit card is possible through AIM’s website. AIM also offers an option for setting up automatic contributions from month to month – a very practical way to help bring stability to our support structure. Learn more about online giving or setting up automatic contributions.