Editorials

The Power of Collaboration

Assisting indigenous ministries to be a powerful evangelistic force

The Scriptures provide us with many examples of collaboration among believers (see Philippians 4 and 2 Corinthians 8). This principle remains an important tool to build God´s kingdom today. Let me share with you a recent example.

I met Christopher and Rambai Boda a few years ago when they first arrived at Christian Aid´s guesthouse. The Bodas belong to the Banjara tribe of India, an extremely poor, unreached people group of 34 million. The Banjaras are the original Gypsies of the world and are considered one of the lowest castes in India.

Christopher, whose parents died when he was very young, dreamed of opening an orphanage and missionary training center among his people. He had traveled to the United States in hopes of sharing his vision with church congregations and raising funds for these projects.

But after two months in the U.S., the couple had found only two churches that would allow them to address the congregation without at least one year of advance notice.

By the time they arrived at our guesthouse, they had spent most of the offerings from those two churches on motels and transportation.

Christian Aid immediately contacted several churches and arranged speaking engagements for Christopher.

We arrived with Christopher at the first church and observed that he spent most of his time sharing an evangelistic message with the congregation, but only briefly mentioned his vision for the Banjara people.

Afterward, we advised him to give congregations an opportunity to learn about his vision by including more information about it during his preaching time. He put this advice into action and raised the amount needed to develop his work in India.

Eventually, he was able to construct an orphanage and missionary training center for a fraction of what it would have cost to build a training center in the U.S. Today Christopher shelters and teaches God´s Word to more than 2,000 Banjara orphans, many of whom will become native missionaries. He also trains scores of gospel workers and church planters. Christopher has composed more than 200 Christian songs, and in two years completed the translation of the New Testament into the Banjara language.

Following the examples in Scripture, we find that it is the Lord´s leading for us to collaborate with native missionaries. They are building God´s kingdom as we send them the resources they desperately need.

Christian Aid has evaluated hundreds of effective and strategic indigenous ministries that have produced amazing results. I invite you to read about some of them in this website.

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