that the King of Glory may come in."
The best person to reach a nation with the Gospel -
is a local!
A NEW APPROACH
For years the term “missions” implied one thing – someone from a
western, developed country travelling to an undeveloped country and spending many years there preaching the Gospel and building the Church.
More recently, the concept of “short term missions” has come to the fore, with western missionaries going to minister in non-Christian countries for short periods, sometimes only weeks, sometimes months.
Whilst both of these, and particularly the short-term model, are still valid missionary concepts, and visits from western ministers are generally
welcomed by those in “missions” countries, there is much that westerners cannot do.
In many cases, visa restrictions limit entry to countries. Even where entry is easy, language limitations and lack of local and cultural knowledge can hinder communication of the Gospel. For the short-term mission worker, there is also the restriction imposed by limited time.
Finally, the cost of conducting missionary activities from the west
can be considerable.
THE LOCAL EDGE
Local “missionaries”, however, do not face these problems. They have far greater freedom to travel within their own country than does a westerner.
Because they know both the language and the local customs and world
view, they can relate more readily to their listeners and can more easily make the Gospel relevant to them, rather than it being seen as a
They have the time to spend with their new converts, instructing them in the things of God and thus avoiding the misinterpretations of Scripture which in many cases have led to the development of cults.
And, because they live in the community, their costs are far lower than those of a westerner.
What they need, however, is training and support. Through our affiliated ministries in developing and non-Christian countries, Glory to the King Ministries International has a vision to train local evangelists and church planters. You can be part of this vision by helping to train and support an indigenous ministry through sponsorship.
It is hard for those in the West to appreciate the difficulties faced by Christians in developing and non-Christian nations. In many places the standard of living is appallingly low, and Christian teaching materials are often hard to come by. Added to these natural disadvantages, often
Christians, and particularly those in ministry, face persecution from
fanatical extremists within the country. Yet they are willing, even eager,
to go out with the Gospel.
Through Glory to the King Ministries
International’s Pastors Support Scheme, these men and women can receive both financial support (often the only support they have) and also the moral support of knowing that someone cares about them and is praying for them. This means a great deal to them, as often their families and friends have disowned them because of their decision to follow Christ.
It costs just AUD$45 a month to help train and support an indigenous ministry this way. This support goes directly to our affiliated ministry in the area, and on to the indigenous ministry, with only a minimal amount taken out for administration and to cover the cost of sending the money by international transfer.
The need is urgent. In some tribal areas pastors are leaving churches
because they are unable to feed their families. In other tribal areas people are crying out for the Gospel, but there is no-one to take it to them.
The harvest is ripe. Will you not only pray for the harvesters, but help make it possible for them to go?
We currently have ministers in over 20 countries throughout Africa and Asia. To support one of these indigenous ministries contact us.
If you live in Australia you have a choice of paying each month at a Westpac branch, sending a cheque, or setting up a direct debit through your bank or by internet banking. If you are outside of Australia we will send you a link so you can pay by PayPal.
Once your sponsorship is established you will receive information about your sponsored minister, and will be able to communicate with him/her through us. In anticipation, thank you for your support.
It is registered with the Australian Taxation Department as a not-for-profit charity.
ABN 52 740 158 732.
Incorporated in Victoria. No. A0051895B
This organization is not in any way associated with the ministry of the same name that operates from Tulsa, USA.