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Dave Says: Instill Values in Kids About Money

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Dear Dave,
Our church is running a missions trip and has told the kids that they can send out sponsor letters if they can’t afford the cost. I’m trying to teach my kids that you should work for the money you get, and I don’t agree with the whole idea of sponsorships for this. What do you think?
--Gary

Dear Gary,
I think you’re basically on the right track in terms of earning what you get, but let’s take a look at it this way. If your kids are going to be involved in the ministry – especially as a missionary – they’ll have to get used to the idea of receiving. It’s part of the job description.

The big thing is that the kids understand why the trip is important and why people should want to support their efforts. If it’s just another chance to hang out with friends or go party in another country, most people won’t be very supportive.

But, if her heart’s in the right place, the support she receives will be just another part of the process in making the ministry come to fruition. There’s certainly nothing wrong with kids, and even parents, working to pay for their own mission trips. Honestly, that’s preferable.
-- Dave

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