PeacefulChaos Posted December 28, 2011 Share Posted December 28, 2011 Hey all, Well, I've asked questions about missions trips, etc, in the past and I'm just trying to decide the best way to go about saving for the next one. DH is probably going to Ecuador in July. I am not sure of the cost yet, we'll probably find out sometime in January, by the end of the month at the latest. At the moment, I'm going to guess maybe $1200? Hopefully not too much more than that. :) I told DH I want to just pay for it out of our tax refund. A lot of times, we pay big chunks of bills, etc, with our tax refund, and by doing this we would reduce the amount of bills we could pay by a big chunk, but I really don't think that's important. There will always be bills. But missions is extremely important to me so I'd rather use the money for that. Here's the thing: I'm tossing around the idea in my head of not tithing on the tax refund (which we ALWAYS have done, pay tithes on the refund) and instead putting that money towards the trip. I'm not sure yet exactly how I feel about it. DH isn't either. I don't want to be doing the wrong thing, and I'm not trying to shortchange the church or God, I'm just having some trouble trying to figure it out. If the money goes toward the trip, then it is NOT going into the storehouse, which is where we feel it should go. At the same time, it IS still going toward doing God's work, so... Idk. Most likely I'll still pay the tithe and the missions trip separately. Just wondering what others' opinions are (particularly those who feel as we do, that the 10% tithe goes into the storehouse - aka church). One of the other things I'm trying to decide is whether we should bother sending out letters. DH and I both went on trips last year and got maybe $100 from letters. Not very substantial, and feels like a waste of time. Plus, I feel bad sending out a letter when we just sent some out 2x last year. My question about that is, what if people would give the money if we did send letters? I'm trying to stay away from the letters but is there a way to let people know that he's going without asking for money? That way if they WANTED to give money they still could, but we wouldn't be asking them outright? Lastly, say we do get some money sent by someone - my original thought is just to pay the entire cost of the trip up front, when we get our refund. I told DH that if he'd prefer, I can put the $ in savings and pay it as the due dates come, but I don't see the point. So if people do send money, would it be ok then for that to be what he would use as spending $ while there? I don't personally see anything wrong with it, but I didn't know if that would be something people would frown upon or feel used by. TIA! :bigear: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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