From Our President
Let the people—and the people groups—Rejoice!
Dear Partner in the Harvest,
A new year brings new beginnings, goals and vision. Yet we remain faithful to our roots.
Since 1953 we have helped indigenous ministries advance the gospel among the unreached, particularly in areas of poverty and persecution. Today we assist more than 550 ministries in 100-plus countries who are sending tens of thousands of native missionaries to reach the unreached.
We remain true to the call. But we are not just for yesterday’s generation.
Christian Aid Mission is for today.
The vision given by God more than 60 years ago is cutting edge for the future of missions all over the world, just as it was then. Native missionaries—many living on just $2 a day—are preaching the gospel among unreached people in their own nations and cultures.
These ministers work daily to advance the Kingdom of God. The help we send expands their reach—and the reach of the gospel.
Until Christ returns we plan to keep sending financial support to native missionaries who are pouring out their lives to this end. We believe indigenous missions are the most efficient and effective way to finish the task of planting a witness for the Lord among all nations.
Do you believe?
In late November we had the opportunity to gather Board members and staff together for lunch. My husband, Bob Finley, who founded Christian Aid in 1953, attended. He called us to remember who we are and what we do.
It is a particular calling.
“I began as a missionary to China and was chased out by the communists,” he said. “So I went to Korea and again was forced out by the communists. Finally I went to India and I had to leave there, too. I came home and started a work among foreign students called International Students, Inc. (ISI). Many returned to their own nations to plant a witness for Christ among their own people. We sent financial help.
“That’s what we do,” Bob, age 92, said with passion. “And that’s all we do.
“We exist to send help to those called by God to minister the gospel in their own nations. We have no branches. We don’t tell them what to do. We don’t give them a vision for their ministry. We send financial help to those already doing the work, who have a God-given vision to win their own people to Christ.”
Bob Finley’s words rested on us like fresh morning dew, awakening us again to God’s incredible mission to have a witness for His name among all nations – supporting the people He has placed and called to minister in their own countries.
These native ministers lay down their lives for the work of the gospel. They accomplish much with the little they have. We celebrate their lives as we sow into God’s work among them. And with help they do so much more.
And now I ask: Who else will catch the vision?
Who else will respond to the call?
It is a day to start fresh. It is a call to new beginnings in giving.
We call a new generation to catch the wave of indigenous missions. And we praise God for the faithful ones who have stood for years with the work of our brothers and sisters around the world.
When every tribe, tongue and people have a witness for Christ, he will return in power and glory. And every prayer and financial seed sown opens the door for you to share in the harvest.
The harvest is ripe. The time is at hand. The new day for missions is here. Let the trumpet sound. Let the people—and the new people groups—rejoice.
Until He returns,
P.S. – Thank you for joining us. Thousands of native missionaries take the gospel farther because of your help. Take time each day with the enclosed Prayerline calendar. Respond to the needs and use each entry as a devotional guide for your prayer life. Your seeds of prayer and financial giving reap a harvest for eternity.
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