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National Missionary Ministry

Why We Assist National Missionaries

The driving force behind this ministry is Christ’s commandment to preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations. We believe that the best way that Heaven’s Family can be involved in fulfilling the Great Commission is through partnership with those who are already “on the ground”—particularly those upstanding indigenous evangelists and church planters who are already successfully laboring for the sake of the gospel.

Although both cross-cultural and indigenous missionaries are needed to fulfill the Great Commission, national missionaries often have some distinct advantages over cross-cultural missionaries.

• First, they can often serve where cross-cultural missionaries cannot. Many countries and regions of the world are closed to cross-cultural missionaries.

• Second, national missionaries already understand the culture in which they are serving and already speak their language, two hurdles that often require years of research and study by cross-cultural missionaries.

• Third, national missionaries are often able to live at the same income level as the poor people whom they serve, whereas cross-cultural missionaries (especially those from wealthy Western countries) find it impossible to live at such a reduced standard of living. Consequently, it is often possible to fund ten to fifty national missionaries for the price of one Western cross-cultural missionary.

• Fourth, when national missionaries share the gospel of Christ, their message is less likely to be viewed as one about a foreigner’s god.

All of this is not to say that there is no need for Western or cross-cultural missionaries. In some cases, they have definite advantages over national missionaries, and Heaven’s Family is proud to be partnered with a number of fine Western cross-cultural missionaries.

Where We Focus

The “10/40 Window” refers to the countries and people groups that are located between the 10º N and 40º N lines of latitude. Inside that “window” are the majority of the world’s unreached people groups.

In 2012, according to the Joshua Project, of the 4.56 billion people who reside in the 10/40 Window, 2.81 billion of them are still unreached with the gospel. That is, they have never heard the call to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

Imagine living in one of those unreached places, where paganism and idolatry are prevalent, where an elderly widow can lie starving to death right next to a fat healthy cow, because the cow is holy and valued much higher than that poor human soul. Imagine living in places where the hills are covered with golden- and diamond-coated prayer temples, and the dirty streets are filled with malnourished children. There are many places in the world still like this—and much worse. We know that the gospel not only sets people free spiritually, but radically changes lifestyles and can end generations of poverty, suffering, and oppression. No wonder the Scripture says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” We are privileged to partner with people around the world with those kind of beautiful feet!

When / How We Help

Indigenous missionaries, just like Western missionaries, need a means of financial support, whether through their own job or business, or through contributions from others. We feel that it is generally best for national missionaries to be fully supported by the contributions of those whom they directly serve. That, however, is not always possible, and when it is, it may take time to achieve, and so we are glad to offer financial support for a limited time period.

Also, although we don’t want to hinder national missionaries by saddling them with businesses that rob them of all their time, we do find that it can be a real blessing to help them establish income streams from part-time businesses. To that end, we offer them (or their spouses) micro-loans to help them start small self-sustaining businesses, such as raising pigs or chickens.

We also serve national missionaries by several other means, such as by offering them biblical training to deepen their scriptural knowledge, bicycles to take them further, and lanterns to extend their preaching into the night.

A descendant of Mexico’s Totonaco Indian Tribe reads a tract received from a national missionary. Many of Mexico’s indigenous people live in poverty and are trapped in alcoholism, witchcraft and paganism. Illiteracy, domestic violence, and adultery are rampant, but God is breaking through and people are being born again and set free!

What to Expect from Your Partnership

What your support accomplishes
Your monthly support of any amount between $10 and $200 enables your missionary to better fulfill his or her calling by providing money for ministry travel expenses, gospel literature and living expenses.

Monthly reports from your missionary
Every month (in some cases, every other month), you will receive an encouraging update from your missionary, which often contain photos. Because many of our national missionaries do not speak English or do not speak it as their primary language, their letters are translated into imperfect but understandable English.

An Indian evangelist receiving a bicycle that's going to enable him to travel 15 miles further than he previously could walk—greatly expanding his range of ministry!

How You Can Help

Your gift will help support indigenous evangelists and church planters in other countries, who are already successfully laboring for the sake of the gospel.

A gift of $15 can supply a national missionary in Nepal with 400 gospel tracts

A gift of $100 can purchase a bicycle for a pastor in India, allowing him to preach the gospel in remote areas

A gift of $800 can equip an evangelist in Myanmar with a motorbike to reach distant villages quicker and safer

Or invest any amount to help propel the gospel forward by empowering national missionaries

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