Ok, new podcast up today, talking about the book “Reformation in Foriegn Missions” and the response.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Here are some website I talk about on the podcast:
Since recording the podcast, I have visited the Christian Aid website and have to say, “My, my, are we not exaggerating a bit here?”Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â They write that their 700 national partners:
- Send out native missionaries — over 90,000 now on the field.
- Plant new churches — over 52,000 each year — 1000 every week.
- Conduct evangelistic campaigns, broadcast on radio & TV, distribute lliterature.
- Are training 40,000 new workers in hundreds of Bible institutes.
WOW! That would be great.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I hope it’s true – but I doubt it is.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I would have to agree, at least for now, with Dr. Winter.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â They appear to be raising funds for missions by making outlandish claims.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I hope that they are given a chance to repond to Dr. Winter’s article.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I would look forward to reading it.
The strategy of Christian Aid appears to be, “Let’s be as controversial as possible to attract as much attention as possible.”Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â If they really believe the statements on their website, then my suggestion would be for donors to find other organizations to give to.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Some of the statements nicely crafted to manipulate the truth.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â For example, “no record in the New Testament of God sending any missionary where he did not know the language.”Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The reason it needs to say “New Testament” is that we find missionaries like Jonah in the Old Testament who were clearly cross-cultural missionaries.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Another example is, “They (native missionaries)Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â are ten times more effective in reaching their people than foreigners could ever be, at a fraction of the cost.”Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Hmm… I would like to see how the accounting department added that one up.
This is not an either/or situation.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â We need to both send missionaries as well as support indigenous missions efforts.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â In fact, that is what we do in the agency I work for.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Furthermore, Christian Aid’s website doesn’t address the issue of dependency, the primary issue that missiologists struggle over when it comes to “just send yourÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â money” approaches.