It has been said that global missions is a very simple endeavor: “All that is needed is for a man to be called of God, sent to the place where God has called him, and given the right tools with which to work.” There are countless indigenous missionaries throughout the world who are laboring faithfully in the places where God has sent them, but oftentimes they are greatly hindered by the lack of financial and/or ministry resources. In the Majority World (also called, “Third World”), where most laborers buy food with the income that they have earned that day, many indigenous missionaries have little or no support from the churches they pastor. They must therefore devote a large portion of their time and strength to labor outside of the ministry in order to support their families. As a result of the pastor’s limited time for studying, shepherding, and evangelizing, the churches often suffer.
At HeartCry, the most significant portion of the finances we receive is designated to the support of indigenous missionaries so that they might dedicate themselves full-time to their calling. We believe that an important part of our ministry and the Great Commission to provide these indigenous missionaries with the support they need in order to live with both dignity and simplicity among their people. The Apostle John writes:
“Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brethren, and especially when they are strangers; and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.”III John 1:5-8