Most Bible believing Christians agree that our Lord's supreme purpose for this age is to take out a people for His name from every tongue, tribe and nation. The traditional way to do this was developed during the heyday of European and American colonialism in the 19th century. Churches were urged to "send out missionaries." They would go and live in foreign cultures for three to five year terms, then return home on "furlough." Some were greatly used of God. Others did more harm than good. Read more.
Beginning around 1800, evangelical Christians in Europe and America began to be concerned about reaching lost souls outside their own countries. Thus was born the foreign missionary movement of the 19th Century and beyond. God used those early pioneers, like William Carey who went to India in 1792, and Adoniram Judson who followed him there a few years later and then went on to Burma. Also Robert Morrison who when to China in 1807 and David Livingstone who went to Africa in 1841. These and many others began to put the Word of God into other languages and plant the first churches where none had been before. We should thank God for all who were true believers. Read more.
Christian Aid has been supporting indigenous evangelistic missions for 58 years. We have said that it makes much more sense than perpetuating the costly practice of sending out American missionaries, especially those who compete with our fellow believers who are already there.
While response has been generally favorable, some traditionalists have raised objections. A few have been severely critical, and have tried to persuade our churches not to support indigenous missions. Read more.
THE MISSIONS COMMITTEE of a Presbyterian church in the Midwest which has supported my ministry for more than 50 years wrote us an interesting letter. "We have determined," they said, "to end our support of Christian Aid." The reason they gave was due to our "statements about supporting native missionaries instead of supporting American missionaries. We are doing both," they said, "and do not want to support a ministry that seems to be against doing both."
Is Christian Aid opposed to the support of American missionaries overseas? It depends on where those missionaries go and what they are doing. In some cases God is using them for His kingdom. In other cases their presence hurts the cause of Christ more than it helps. Read more.
From the very beginning, God's people have been persecuted. Our Lord Jesus, speaking to the scribes and Pharisees, refers to this reality when He said to them,
"That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias . . ." Matthew 23:35
Persecution is to be expected by all true Christians. In the Gospel of Matthew our Lord prophesied it,
"And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake . . ." Matthew 10:22 Read more.
Yes, it’s true that native missionaries speak the language and understand the culture, but can this be the only reason they have been able to accomplish so much with so little? I believe the answer may also be in their methods of training, and particularly of discipleship.Read more.
During the past 30 years there has been an explosion of missionary activity by churches in Latin America. This movement began as Latin American leaders studied materials from American and Canadian missiologists translated into Spanish and Portuguese. Soon the idea of "sending missionaries" to other continents spread throughout the region.Read more.
The books of Ezra and Nehemiah contain poignant examples of the power of collaboration among God’s people. These books begin with God moving upon the hearts of unbelieving kings, Cyrus and Artaxerxes, to release a Jewish remnant from captivity and allow them to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple and wall.Read more.
A few months ago, Slavik Radchuk (our field director for the former USSR), a Christian Aid board member and I were in Uzbekistan visiting some of the ministries that Christian Aid supports. After Uzbekistan became independent of the former Soviet Union in 1991, Muslim countries funded Islamic workers who built mosques and distributed Qurans in an attempt to gain political influence. Today, even though the country is officially secular, it is also considered the center of Islamic influence for the rest of Central Asia. Read more.
The latest crisis in the Middle East between Israel and Hezbollah has been one of the many conflicts affecting this volatile area of the world. Other international crises include Sudan, North Korea, the war in Iraq, Iran’s uranium enrichment program, etc.
The media has given massive coverage to these events and scores of politicians, war experts, economists, journalists, religious leaders and others have been sharing their analyses of these situations. Many of us have our own theological, historical, political, and even ethnological views that affect the way we interpret these situations.
But in the midst of our reasoning, let us not forget that God wants to save people from every tongue, tribe and nation… Israelis and Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists, Shiites and Sunnis, Atheists and Animists. 1 Timothy 2:4 states that the Lord "will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." Our Lord Jesus Christ is in business of saving souls, and we should be too. I believe that we as Christians must keep in mind a few simple things. Read more.
For half a century Christian Aid has provided financial support for indigenous missionary ministries in strategic "mission field" areas of the world. Altogether, over 1000 different works of God have been assisted. They have deployed a combined total of more than 100,000 missionaries during this period. Through their labors a witness for Christ has been effectively implemented within nearly 4000 different tribes and nations. And the believers who make up our Lord’s body on this earth have moved much closer toward the fulfillment of His eternal purpose: that He would have a witness for Himself, a people for His name, among every kindred, every tongue, every tribe and every nation. Read more.
What’s happening in China these days has astounded missiologists in their academic cloisters from coast to coast. It has demonstrated the need for a complete reformation of our concepts and practices in foreign missionary operations. Read more.