Friday, February 22, 2008

Missionary Inflation!

The idea of a missionary expense report for Indonesia made specifically for that country is probably a new idea to you as it was for us. But that is exactly what New Tribes does and we've been working off of to see how our 'promised monthly support' is looking. We thought our monthly support was at about 43% but then we found out that our 'expense report' was a little out of date (2006)... And there had been an updated version in 2007 & now 2008. We thought it was kind of interesting to see the inflation in overseas expenses just like we have here. So because we never wish to keep you in the dark and we thought you too might find this kind of thing interesting. So we've provided you with this before and after chart below.

Monthly Expenses:

Salary

Living Expenses.........................................$390..now..$425
Transportation..........................................$120.. now..$175
Miscellaneous...........................................$200.. now..$391
Education................................................$blank..now ..$10
Tithe/Offering..........................................$360.. now ..$523
Housing..................................................$350.. now..$415
Sub-Total..................................................$1,420.. now...$1,939

Business
Administration..........................................$180.. now..$236
Communication.........................................$180.. now..$190
Equip. Replacement....................................$100..now..$97
Office Supplies..........................................$30.. now...$30
Team Expense..........................................$200..now.. $185
Travel....................................................$150..now..$550
Legal.....................................................$110..now..$159
Furlough.................................................$300..now..$300
Miscellaneous...........................................$130..now..$165
Business Sub-Total......................................$1,380..now..$1,912

Benefits
Taxes....................................................$253..now..$302
Savings/Retirement...................................$300..now..$300
Insurance/Medical.....................................$580..now..$773
Benefits Sub-Total......................................$1,133..now..$1,375

Recommended Support Level
Total per month...........................................$3,933..now..$5,226

What do you think?

6 comments:

Sarah Elwer said...

is this just for one year? Meaning you need to raise over $5,000 per year? (Not that I mean that in a bad way, I'm just wondering)

Anonymous said...

ah No, that would be per MONTH. :-)

Ben & Ruth said...

Ya Sorry it wasn't more clear Sarah but the expense report is per month. I sure wish it was only per year though! That would make things on our end a lot easer.
-Ben : )

Ben & Ruth said...

Also...
Anyone can see 'our' income report & expense report at anytime on our side bar under the piggy bank.

Sarah Elwer said...

WOW!!! That's way more that I thought it would be - I guess this is a reminder that I should pray harder for you guys!

micah and erica said...

I know it must be hard to see that you are only at about 35% of what you need, but I am very encouraged to see that you are gaining more support each month! We will be praying for you.