Another Victorious Year

January 1, 2012

For more than 58 years Christian Aid has provided representation in the USA for indigenous evangelistic missions based in lands of great poverty. Most are in countries where American missionaries are no longer allowed to preach the gospel of Christ. Local support is not available in these poor countries. We know of tens of thousands of native missionaries who are out on the fields right now with no cash income. The work of many thousands of them has been greatly increased when their parent missions received financial help from Christian Aid.

The 823 missions to which we are currently sending support deploy more than 80,000 Christian workers who are winning souls, planting churches and bearing witness for our Lord Jesus Christ among people who have never heard His gospel before. Thousands more workers are now in training in hundreds of Bible institutes (151 in China alone) and missionary training schools assisted by Christian Aid.

When a contribution is designated for a specific ministry overseas, we send it 100% to that mission. No portion is retained by Christian Aid. Operational expenses are covered by contributions earmarked for these expenses, or by undesignated gifts.

More than 90% of all pioneer evangelistic outreach among unreached peoples is now being done by indigenous missions. Hundreds of these ministries have no source of support other than what they receive from Christian Aid. We are praying that many more of God’s people in America will give toward the needs of these pioneer works of God.

Christian Aid sends financial help to indigenous missionary ministries seeking to plant a witness for Christ within every unreached tribe and nation on earth.

To accomplish this goal, native gospel ministries are:

Training Missionaries

Christian Aid sends financial help for hundreds of Bible institutes (152 in China alone) where new believers are trained in the knowledge of God’s Word. They are thus equipped to serve as pioneer missionaries or to minister within newly-planted churches. Many are in countries where Christians are persecuted and must meet underground.

Evangelizing the Unreached

More than 59 years of missions experience has attested to Christian Aid’s belief that evangelism by those from the same or similar languages and cultural backgrounds is the best way to spread the gospel. The fewer barriers the gospel must cross, the more effective the message and greater the results.

Planting Churches

A body of believers in a previously unreached village typically forms after native missionaries combine gospel preaching with demonstrations of kindness and friendship. Once a church is established, gospel workers will remain with the congregation until members of the church are discipled and trained to be elders, teachers and leaders within the assembly.

Some of the ways indigenous ministries assisted by Christian Aid are spreading the gospel:

Evangelistic Crusades

Christian Aid gives top priority to pioneer missionary evangelism. Thousands come to Christ every year through crusades attracting a multitude of people who have never heard the gospel. Setting up tents or renting large open air meeting places draws many curiosity seekers.

Broadcasting Radio & TV

Indigenous missions reach out to the people who cannot read, who depend on the spoken word through radio and TV broadcasts. Millions rely on radio alone for information. Ministries are broadcasting over FM, medium wave, short wave, satellite and internet radio stations.

Literature Distribution

Gospel literature of every type can be printed in most undeveloped countries if they receive help to buy presses and paper. Indigenous missions are eager to distribute Bibles, tracts, magazines, books and other materials with an evangelistic emphasis for their people to read.

Bible Translation

As unreached people groups are being reached with the gospel, many native missionaries are involved in translating God’s Word into tribal languages. In some countries where Christians are persecuted, indigenous ministries operate underground printing presses.

Providing Care

Native missionaries open hearts and win souls by offering medical care with simple antibiotics, feeding the hungry, helping homeless widows, and establishing orphanages to provide homeless children with food, clothing and education in a loving Christian environment.

Special Needs

When disasters strike, native missionaries provide immediate relief with funds sent by Christian Aid. Then, after international aid organizations leave, native missionaries remain to help and share the gospel with victims. They also drill wells and provide vocational training for the destitute.