When MPI first started to work in the former Soviet Union, we saw the dedication pastors had to their churches and communities. Having a heart for the lost and the hurting, they just wanted to help people in all situations. But in reality, these men and women of God had families of their own to provide for. These responsibilities, and other practical needs often kept them from ministering to the needy people in their communities. Many times we saw them torn between helping the lost and providing for their spouse and children. One pastor we know had to sell his boiler, the only method of providing heat in his home, to buy food for his starving children. That kind of sacrifice should never have to happen! After considering what we could do to help, God led MPI to start the Sponsor-a-Pastor program.
The Sponsor-a-Pastor program quickly took off and now many Canadian sponsors are helping to support pastors from across Ukraine and Belarus by providing a steady monthly cash income supplement. Several sponsors are even helping more than one pastor! By helping these pastors with a regular monthly cash gift, we ease the burden of ministry allowing them to work full time at what God has called them to do. The funds donated by the Canadian sponsors go directly into the hands of pastors to be used by them for whatever their needs are at that time – rent, food, clothing, transportation, school supplies, or paying bills. Although over 70 pastors are being helped at present, there are still many that are waiting for sponsorship.
How It Works
All you need to do is contact MPI and we can set you up with a waiting pastor. It costs only $30 a month to make a difference in the life of a pastor and his family. When you sign-up you will receive a sponsorship brochure in the mail with your pastor’s name, his picture, his city, a map of the country showing where he serves, and a brief testimony. Two to three times a year, you will receive an update in the mail with more information on your pastor’s background, family, and the current happenings in his life and ministry. The best way to sponsor a pastor is with a regular monthly gift by bank debit or credit card. This provides seamless donations without the time or effort to remember to write cheques each month. Call us at 1-877-551-5525 and we can fill you in on what you need to get started. It’s quick and easy.
MPI would like to send out a special thank you on behalf of all the Ukrainian pastors who are now receiving sponsorship to those Canadians who became sponsors in March 2012. There are still 7 Ukrainian pastors that need sponsorship. We are praying that the Lord meets these needs and leads 7 new Canadian sponsors to sign-up this year.
MPI ONLY supports pastors in Ukraine and Belarus. MPI does not work or support pastors in Asia or Africa.