Here’s a tip: If a missionary calls you on the phone, and name-drops a friend of yours in trying to set up an appointment to meet and share more about their ministry, it’s really best to not treat that missionary like a telemarketer in a cubicle somewhere south of Jakarta.
Heck, it’s not even ok to treat a telemarketer poorly. That whole “golden rule” thing, remember?
I’ve never in my life wanted to drive 5 hours to punch someone more than the person that just flippantly hung up on my wife. Raising support is hard enough without the (word I really think describes the situation, but will probably get me in more trouble than it’s worth) like you adding your special brand of acid rain to our parade.
It reflects negatively on the person that gave me your name, it reflects negatively on people from your small town, it reflects negatively on your church.
Jacqueline has gotten hung up on 5 times this month. One person that she called back said “yeah, I hang up on telemarketers.”
Here’s our deal. We are passionate about what we do. Passionate enough to call strangers and try to get a chance to share with them what we do, and invite them to prayerfully and financially join with us. We’ve seen God miraculously provide, over and over, for our needs. I’m not mad that I have to raise support. It’s actually a privilege. I’m mad that a whole string of “good Christian people” would treat my wife like this. It’s not OK.
So please, if you get a call from a stranger today, don’t treat them like a salesperson. Treat them how you’d want your wife, or sister, or mother treated on the phone.
Just a tip.