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Giving FAQ

Why don’t you ask for money?
OMF International’s policy is that we show our trust in God’s provision by praying for our support rather than making direct appeals. We will make our needs known, but we will not directly ask for money. For more about OMF International financial policy, please read this pamphlet.

What are your financial needs?

Our initial yearly support figure (calculated in 2010) was US $85,551, or US $7,129 per month which was based on an exchange rate when 1 USD was about 94 JPY. In 2012, 1 USD dropped below 76 JPY which meant our total support figure had jumped to over $100,000. 2013 averaged about 1 USD to 100 JPY. So in short, depending on the exchange rate, our financial needs can be between $70,000 and $100,000.

What is your current pledged support level?
As of March of 2016, we have been given financial clearance to return to Japan for our second term of service (2016-2021)!

Do one time gifts help?
Yes. One time gifts help fill the gap created by people who have pledged but for some reason or another scale back their giving or stop altogether.

What is a pledge? How long does it last?
A pledge is your commitment to give a certain amount, usually monthly, for our 5 year term—4 years in Japan, and one year of home assignment. After our first term ends in July of 2016, we would like to ask you to recommit to another 5 year term. If you have made a pledge for our first term and want to continue your pledge to our second term, then you can simply let us know.

How do I make a pledge?
You can choose one of three options.
  1. In person:  just tell us by email or phone call or whatever works.
  2. Through OMF by snail mail:  fill out and mail one of our commitment cards. If you don't have one, ask us, and we'll send you one.
  3. Through the OMF website:  select the option "New Financial Partner," type “Keith and Celia Olson” in the box marked “Name of person/family to whom you are pledging your support,” then enter your pledge amount and address information and click “submit.”
How do I recommit a pledge to your second term?
Simply give us a call, email, skype, letter, or whatever works for you to let us know! Alternatively, you can go through the OMF website, and select "Update Information," fill out the form, and enter in the "Comments or Notes" section that you are recommitting your pledge.

Is there an automatic donation plan (ADP)?
Yes. You can sign up to have your monthly pledge automatically deducted from your bank account. You can get more information or download an enrollment form if you are interested. Unless you inform your bank to stop, the ADP will automatically continue into our next term of service.

How do I make a donation?
To make a one-time donation or fulfill your pledge, you may sign up for the automatic donation plan, or just send a check, payable to OMF International, with a separate note indicating that your donation is preferenced for the ministry of Keith and Celia Olson in Japan. Then mail your check to
     OMF International
     Donations Department
     10 W. Dry Creek Circle,
     Littleton, CO 80120
You may also give by credit card on the OMF International website. However, there is a 3% fee to cover the cost of the credit card transaction, so giving via check or the automatic donation plan is much more cost effective.

I live in Canada. Can I give towards your ministry via OMF in Canada?
Yes, more information is at OMF Canada giving information. If you want to make a pledge, then please contact us or the OMF US office (donations@omf.org) to let us know what amount you want to pledge. You may send your donation directly to OMF Canada; checks should be made out to OMF International with a separate note attached which says: “Preferenced for Keith and Celia Olson, missionaries who are being sent from the US.” You can send your check to
     OMF International
     5155 Spectrum Way, Building 21
     Mississauga, Ontario L4W 5A1
Since we have many Canadian supporters, we have a separate document with additional details for giving in Canada.

Is my gift tax-deductible?
Yes; in the US and Canada, gifts are tax-deductible.

I can’t give now. Are there other ways I can help?
Absolutely. You can pray for us. We also have an entire page of ways to get involved in our ministry. If you would like to sign up for our newsletter or pledge to be a prayer partner, go to the OMF website, enter "Keith and Celia Olson" in the box marked "Name of person/family to whom you are committing your support," check the box marked "prayer commitment," enter your contact information, and click "submit."

Who can I contact with further questions?

You can contact us, and we can answer your question or direct you to the appropriate person: Keith.A.Olson{at}gmail.com and Celia.Olson{at}gmail.com. You are also welcome to contact the OMF donations department directly: 1-800-422-5330 ext. 242 or donations{at}omf.org. (Use @ instead of {at}; we are trying to keep spam bots from copying and pasting our emails.)