only a little, but all will have a part."
What does GoodSeed mean by One in Sixty?
In the early 1980's, John Cross, General Director for GoodSeed International, asked a veteran missionary for advice on developing a support team. His reply went like this: "For every missionary couple, you need 60 who will partner with them in prayer and giving. Some will do much; others only a little, but all will have a part."
As a faith based ministry, GoodSeed does not pay its staff a salary. To pay living expenses, each missionary must rely on God’s provision through other believers who share the same heartbeat for missions.
In that light, GoodSeed encourages their staff to trust the Lord for a team of sixty individuals and churches to partner with them in the ministry.
What does GoodSeed expect in a One in Sixty Partnership?
Partnership is a two way street between a missionary and yourself.
The missionaries make a commitment:
You make a two year commitment to the missionary:
How long is a partnership commitment?
We encourage the partnership to be once a month for a minimum of two years. If all is well, after two years the partnership can be renewed.
While one-time gifts are appreciated and helpful in ministry, unless missionaries have regular financial support, meeting the monthly bills is a hard thing to do. We do recognize, however, that for some partners a financial gift is only possible once or twice a year. If you find yourself in such a situation, you can still be a One in Sixty partner if you make a commitment to regular prayer.
Your donations are the missionaries' salary. If you skip a month, essentially they experience a loss in income.
Is there a commitment besides finances?
A partnership goes beyond finances. Money may pay the bills and is certainly part of the equation, but even with sufficient funding, a missionary can fall by the wayside due to a seemingly endless list of problems. So besides financial support, our staff needs those who will partner with them in faithful prayer. Encouragement would be a third aspect of that partnership.