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MissionFound One Month In: Behind the Mission to Help You Get Found

Jill Van Nostran Digital Strategy

On this blog, I mostly give tips, resources, tools, advice on how Christian organizations can get found on the Internet. But I want you to know me and what’s behind MissionFound a little better. So today I’m sharing from my heart.

One month ago yesterday, I launched MissionFound. Several people have asked my husband and me how things are going. It’s going well. But there is so much more to that than we often get into when people ask.

In the month I’ve been trying to get this business off the ground, I’ve compared it more than once to drinking from a firehose. There is so much work to do, so many decisions, so many things that need to happen (and often, so much pressure—Satan’s great tool to distract and discourage), that it feels overwhelming.

But it’s also ignited my faith in bold ways. The Lord has quickly brought potential clients to me. He’s also paved the way to several potential partnerships. He’s brought prayer partners and friends to support me. It’s encouraging and exciting to see doors of opportunity and growth swing open. I feel more convinced than ever that God has called me to this mission of helping ministries, Christian non-profits and corporations get found online. The Lord has confirmed this to me several times in the month MissionFound has been open for business—to use what I know about digital marketing and web analytics to help these organizations have a better digital strategy.

Christians don’t have a lot of time. Jesus promised to return soon—“for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night,” 1 Thessalonians 5:2 tells us. We must be on mission now more than ever to point the world to Him.

Satan knows this. And he is working accordingly. The prince of this world is working harder than ever, I believe, to steal, kill and destroy. The Lord warned us about this when He said, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” [1 Peter 5:8] and “When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” [John 8:44]. Satan has lied to and blinded so many in this world. Turn on any news program, and you’ll see the result—our world is filled with hatred, murder and destruction.

Christians don’t have time to play around. We have to be on mission to point people to Him—in business, in church, in ministry, in providing aid and rescue, in relationship. People need hope.

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When I started MissionFound, it was because I felt this deep conviction. Let’s get these missions, these ministries found online. NOW.

Yet, God has used this first month to teach and remind me of a few things. I thought I’d share—perhaps it will encourage you in your ministry too:

  • What I didn’t consider—or perhaps considered but didn’t fully realize—was that I was starting a ministry. I always thought of it as a business. But it’s far more than that. It’s a ministry.
  • What I also didn’t consider is the cost of starting a ministry. The cost I’ve paid in this last month is spiritual attack. Satan has lied to me in so many ways. The enemy has caused me to compare, despair, doubt and nearly give up. The anxiety, the thoughts of if I don’t get it just exactly right this ministry won’t succeed, have been almost intolerable. And it’s only a month in. I took for granted that launching a ministry would cause Satan to go on the offensive, and he is strong.
  • But Jesus is stronger. Several months ago, the Lord brought me to Jeremiah 29:13, which says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” He kept bringing it to me, and I didn’t understand why. I do now. When I seek the Lord with my whole heart, He moves. In this last month, He has rained down spiritual protection and made those dark spirits flee when I thought I was about to break. He’s provided deep, heavenly peace. He’s brought prayer partners. He’s provided in so many ways and amazingly, in the thick of January, He’s kept our entire family healthy. The biggest highlight came when our 7-year-old daughter made the decision to be baptized!
  • When I seek Him with my whole heart, He has confirmed over and again this calling of helping Christian organizations with their digital strategy and that He has and will continue to equip me for it. Not only has He confirmed it, He’s lit a fire in my heart for it. When I seek Him, I can clearly hear His still, small whisper, and all the Truth that flows from that.
    Contrast that with Satan’s loud, obnoxious attacks and lies. You can quickly discern the difference.
  • He reminded me that with MissionFound (and in life), when I am not sure what to do or which way to go, I am to always wait on Him. Seek Him with my whole heart, pray and wait for His direction. He will reveal which way to go. Whether you’re in ministry or leading a major corporation or small nonprofit—whatever—wait on Him. Make Him the chairman of your organization. Let Him lead.
  • He has shown me that I am not to compare what I’m doing with anything anyone else is doing. God calls certain people and organizations to certain things. He’s given each of us specific gifts and skills. I don’t have to be like other people. You don’t either. Do what God has called YOU to do. He put you, your organization, your ministry, exactly where it is for a reason. God reminded me to do the thing that He has called ME to do and stop comparing myself to other people and their calling.
  • He reminded me that I don’t have to do it ALL. He reminded me that He has called me to help organizations strategize their online presence, help them create and promote their content well and help them measure their success. He reminded me to call on people who have specific skillsets and leverage their expertise when needed. God hasn’t asked me to do it all.
    You don’t have to do it all in your ministry, either. Do what He has made clear to you. And along that same line, as a consultant, it’s my job to tell you that you really have to do these 10 things for your ministry to get found online or don’t ever do these 5 things if you want someone to open your email newsletter. Some things you really just need to leave to God. You can only do so much. The rest you need to hand over to Him. Do what you can, leave the rest to the Lord.
  • He’s shown me that prayer is critical. It’s like air. Without it, you’re not going to survive. I sometimes say, without a digital strategy, you won’t survive. You know, that’s not always true. That’s really just up to God. You might do just fine without one. God can do anything He wants! But you know what? If you’re not praying—earnestly praying—and seeking Him, your organization won’t survive. Satan will take you down. Fight back in prayer.

It’s been a whirlwind of a month, sometimes a terrifying one, but also a good one. But that’s typical of the road God leads us down in life—He is a big God, and the road can be scary. But He is always good, always merciful, always loving, always present. He can be trusted, all the time.

For that reason, I’m boldly moving forward on this mission.

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