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Author: Matt Brown
Date: 27.07.2010
Category: Unreached People Groups, Partnership, Resource Mobilization

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"The Church is one generation from extinction" has been traced back to Dr. George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury and several other European Church leaders.  This quote has gone on to be restated by many leaders proclaiming "Every nation is one generation away from the extinction of Christianity," denoting the idea that Christianity must be preserved and passed on to the next generation of youth in order to survive.

There is a trend going on in the Western Church to especially support missions endeavors within the 10-40 window, or the most un-reached areas of the world, including the Middle East, Northern Africa and parts of Asia.  While I support this idea, and from what I’ve heard missions funds desperately need to be re-distributed towards these parts of the world (only a small percentage currently goes in this direction) ... I also see the great need to support missions in every nation of the world.

Michelle and I have some amazing missionary friends who are doing a great work in Central America, whose mission funds were cut dramatically on their recent furlough, due to churches redistributing their missions dollars to areas of the world less-reached.  The sad part of the story, is that these missionaries primary work was raising up dozens of latin Americans who were going to the middle east as missionaries.  These internationals had several compelling reasons for our support: -They looked more like the culture of those they were going to reach, and would have far less trouble than American missionaries to the middle east (with all our national tensions right now) -They grew up with less materially, and thus could handle the rigors of missionary life in these parts of the world better than American missionaries (in general, of course). -These international missionaries needed FAR less support than the standard American missionary.  Pennies to the dollar less. -A comparison is that there are relatively few American missionaries in the Middle East (and even those that are, stories of them are rare because of the danger), while these friends sent several dozen Latin American young adults as missionaries during just a three year term!

Even in my friends weren’t sending missionaries to the 10-40 window, their work (in my opinion) would still be valid.  Saying South America or Africa or Europe doesn’t need missions support or more missionaries is like saying the United States doesn’t need more spiritual help.  The US has the most Christians of any nation in the world (although we are the only nation of the world in decline statistically).  Yet our church planting and ministry launching efforts continue.  God continues to call young people into the ministry and put dreams and burdens in the hearts and lives of the next generation.  Nearly all of us would agree that America needs our prayers and funds and energy and effort.  It is the same with every other nation of the world - Christian or unreached.  Each is worthy of our efforts, funds and passionate devotion.  Because each of these nations is just one generation away from extinction of Christianity.

Keywords: Missions giving, generation, world evangelism, eternal investments

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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Mariusbrand (0)
South Africa

Community farms: (Kibbutz)

4 land & wealth redistribution, to evangelise the community: To train, educate, work,  live and have a base from where to launch missionaries into the community. A community farm is where the Christians in the community corporately owns the property. Our corporate finances provide cost of the farm, infrastructure & accommodation for those working on farms.  Investors, invest directly in the crops to secure food and jobs for the people. Thousands of jobs will be created where people could be evangelise, reconciled, unity restored and worldviews changed to a Biblical one. Farms will act as a place of employment, a basic income, a missionary training School, an orphanage and launching pad to send trained missionaries. Here Christ Jesus will be a way of living where the community will see what we preach!

Three legs: (Operating separately)

 1.   Accommodation and employers Lodges/Hostels on farms with infrastructure:

2.   Education, “Skills” development, Discipleship training & orphanages.

3.   Agricultural projects – investment arm. (Project financing). Outside investors.

      Full scale business to create a holistic cosmos to the missionary to have the infrastructure needed to live and operate in without lack or limitations.

 Shammah Foundation: Marius Brand: Cell 082 9210 275, e-mail -

Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down David_Markham (3)  
United States

I surely agree Matt, I work in Latin missions mobilization. Several years ago you never heard young people saying they wanted to go to China as missionaries. Now you have several. Even en the past two years I have heard five young people saying they want to go to Tibet. This can only be the Lord. Blessings!


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