The Biblical Approach to Foreign Missions
October 05, 2011
The number one task set forth by our Lord Jesus Christ after His resurrection was to take out a people for His name from every tongue, tribe and nation. He promised that when He has a witness for Himself in every nation He would come back again (Mark 13:10, Matthew 24:14).
Christian Aid is committed to the fulfillment of our Lord’s eternal purpose, and seeks to utilize the strategy revealed in the New Testament in completing the unfinished task.
1. Recruiting Apostles Away From Home
The original apostles who received the great commission in Galilee were told to go back to Jerusalem in order to reach men from every nation. The 3000 who turned to Christ on the day of Pentecost were all foreign visitors. There is no record in the New Testament that any of the original 11 apostles (missionaries) ever went to work in foreign countries. Their strategy was to reach men who were away from home. Those new disciples then took the gospel back to every area of the Roman Empire. Barnabas, Silas, Andronicus, Junius and the Apostle Paul are prime examples.
Christian Aid works the same way. Although 90% of unreached people groups live in countries closed to American missionaries, visitors come here from all of those areas. Christian Aid missionaries contact them while they are away from home and send them back to evangelize their own people, just as the New Testament apostles did.
2. Providing Support for Pioneer Missionaries
Native missionaries make the best possible persons for reaching their own people. They know the customs and languages of ethnic groups in their native lands. Local foods, climate and living conditions are not strange to them. So Christian Aid gets behind these anointed apostles to supply their needs for missionary work among unreached people groups in their respective countries.
3. Representing Indigenous Evangelistic Ministries
Although 90% of “mission field” countries are now closed to U.S. missionaries, during the past 100 years God has raised up indigenous missionary ministries in almost all of those countries. But these ministries can find very little support locally because of the extreme poverty of their people.
Christian Aid comes to the rescue of these groups by providing representation for them in the USA to find friends who will contribute toward their support. Christian Aid is now making known the work of more than 800 indigenous evangelistic missions based in poorer countries. They have a combined total of more than 80,000 missionaries on the field.
4. Help for Destitute Believers
While most Christians in America enjoy the blessings of peace and prosperity, multiplied thousands in poorer countries face death daily from wars, persecution, diseases, drought, floods, fires, typhoons and earthquakes. Christian Aid makes known the sufferings of the saints in poorer countries to believers in America in hopes that contributions will be received to help those in critical need.
5. Guiding the Churches in Missiology
In their knowledge of missionary work, most American churches are limited to the 19th Century tradition of sending their own members to work in foreign countries. Few have any knowledge of the tremendous explosion of indigenous missionary operations that have taken place during the past 100 years.
Christian Aid is gently guiding church leaders into a new and different way of doing foreign missionary work today. Through publications, videos, speaking engagements and other means, churches are encouraged to send financial help for indigenous groups through Christian Aid. They can do the job ten times more effectively than we can, at a fraction of the cost.