The parable ends “And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.” (Luke 16:9 ESV)
I will on the outset say that this is probably not what the parable is about. At least I’m honest about this (unlike other sermonettes I’ve heard). I can’t help but read this parable in Luke 16:1-9 and chuckle in the wisdom in having a lot of friends (and making more) in order to raise funds to do mission work.
For us to get to Spain it will only be through the love, care, and sacrifice of God’s saints. It will be because these people believe in God, and in a small part, in us. So, for starters, thank you to all who are (and who will) support us. I will never be able to repay your kindness and your trust.
For all of those who want to head into foreign mission service, take this parable to heart and make friends. Make many friends because it will take a small army to send you off into the world to further God’s Kingdom.