We partner with churches and individuals in the United States for the purpose of supporting and providing church-based programs that train national, indigenous pastors in strategic cities with massive gospel need.
1. We Utilize the Inherent Advantages of Training National Pastors
- Access to Closed Countries
The national pastor already possesses citizenship. He doesn’t require a time-consuming secular job in order to gain entry and maintain legal status.
- Language Fluency
The national pastor is already fluent in his native tongue. He avoids the three years or more of language learning necessary for even minimal competency.
- Innate Cultural Knowledge
The national pastor knows the values and nuances of his home country, allowing him to avoid the pitfalls and faux paus common for foreigners.
The national pastor trains for a lifelong career. Fifty percent of missionaries return home after their first term of two to five years.
The national pastor can be trained for $5,500 per year. Western missionary married couples in this part of the world cost $120,000 annually.
- Long-Standing Friendships
We met one man in 2010 through a tour of his home country. We supported him through seminary in the United States and then placed him in a six month pastoral internship, which allowed us to observe his character and relationships. He is now a pastor in his home country, and our twelve year friendship has grown into a strong gospel partnership, and expanded to include a growing network of faithful leaders.
- Gifted Teachers
This same pastor and his team have a vibrant knowledge of the Scriptures. Their teaching is remarkable, both in their native tongue and in English.
- Excellent Organizers
In just a few short years, these men have planted a growing church, organized dozens of events for training and connecting pastors, began publishing books both in English and their native tongue, and opened doors to undergraduate and seminary level education.
- Disciple Makers
Jesus commanded that we “make disciples.” The brothers we partner with are like human velcro. They draw many spiritually-hungry young men for deliberate discipleship and ministry preparation.
- Pastor Trainers and Church Planters
The region is so dark and deprived of gospel witnesses that pastors must focus on more than just their own congregation. They must strive to train still more pastors and send out church plants.
- Conduct regular site visits.
- Audit program finances.
- Ensure theological soundness.
- Expansion of current programs.
- Investment in facilities.
- Plan and execute a multi-year budget.
- Embrace our theological and methodological convictions.
- Protect the identity of our training program.
- Take the long view.