New Missionary Ministry in the 21st Century (part 1)

First Class

What is the Office of Foreign Missions?

An inter-denominational ministry with an innovative vision for the African church giving special attention to the development of healthy relationships, mutual partnerships and effective instruction for the advancement of a new generation of responsible Christian leaders in Africa!

Principles and Practices of the Office of Foreign Missions:

Please note that these have been the ministry practices so far. As the ministry expands into other lands, appropriate adjustments will be made.

  • Raise funds to get the teacher to Africa and provide training materials. Small teams (mostly one person so far). This lessens airfare costs, which is the largest individual expenditure of the ministry. Use economy flights – purchase tickets months ahead of time – fly different airlines depending on cost.
  • No hotels. Live with African families in their homes. The Africans must know that we are walking with them and are not interlopers. No restaurants – eat African food in African homes.
  • Teach in small groups around a common table – develop personal relationship. Teach limited subjects at one time so material may be absorbed. Teach many subjects by coming many times for longer stays. Stay a long time in one location (minimum one month) to teach many small groups the same material. Provide word for word lesson plans to all students. This will help them build a reference library in a place where education is hard to get.
  • Africans pay room and board for themselves (personal investment). Africans pay for the room and board of the teacher (personal investment).
  • Regularly do communal Morning Prayer and Compline. Teach Africans to lead (emphasizes communion).
  • Respect African ecclesiastical rank. These are the men who have been chosen by God to lead the local church. Help the church leaders to take on responsibility for their own welfare, instead of needing funds from America and western Europe.African Road
  • Do not complain when roads are poor. Do not complain if services start late. Do Not Complain, Period! In the rural areas, few people have watches, some roads are terrible, and unreliable public transportation must be used (emphasizes respect).
  • Recognize that the faith which was passed on to the Africans was sometimes a watered down version and that it will take time to teach them more mature things of the faith.

And perhaps most importantly . . .

  • Do not scream if your speeding vehicle kills a sheep in the road!

NOTE:  Building schools, churches, and clinics is not a major part of this ministry.  There are other ministries that have the resources to do such good work.  We do not have such resources.  However, this ministry has contributed partial support to such projects when appropriate.

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