One significant characteristic of national missionaries is their unwavering commitment to their God-given callings to reach the unreached with Good News. Despite facing numerous obstacles and challenges, these individuals remain steadfast in their resolve to bring positive change and God’s hope to those they serve. They often encounter opposition, discrimination, and even persecution for their faith, yet their deep-rooted conviction in the eternal message they carry compels them to press on, regardless of the risks involved.
National missionaries also have a profound impact on education in their communities. Many organizations, such as GFA World, have introduced after-school child programs that provide underprivileged and impoverished children with access to caring teachers and an ongoing education. These initiatives not only enable children to acquire knowledge and skills but also instill in them a sense of hope and possibility for the future. Education acts as a catalyst for social and economic transformation, breaking the cycle of poverty and empowering individuals to pursue their dreams.
The provision of clean water is another critical focus for national missionaries. They understand the dire consequences of contaminated water sources on the health and well-being of their communities. Through prayer and resourcefulness, these missionaries have successfully drilled bore wells, providing clean and safe water to thousands of people who previously had limited access to this essential resource. The impact of clean water extends beyond health benefits—it brings dignity, reduces the burden on women and children who often travel long distances to fetch water, and fosters a sense of well-being within the community.
In their dedication to serving others, national missionaries often address a wide range of needs within their communities. They provide medical assistance to the sick and impoverished, offer counseling and emotional support to those in distress, and engage in community development initiatives like providing animals for poor families to become self-sufficient. Their holistic approach also recognizes that true transformation goes beyond meeting physical needs—it also involves addressing spiritual, emotional, and social well-being.
National missionaries often face unique challenges due to their deep-rooted connection to the communities they serve. This familiarity allows them to identify and understand the underlying issues and concerns faced by the people. However, it can also present difficulties as they navigate complex social dynamics, cultural expectations, and historical religious divisions within their communities. Despite these challenges, national missionaries persevere, driven by their genuine desire to extend God’s love and concern for their people.
These missionaries often work in partnership with individuals and organizations from around the world who share their vision and desire to make a difference. Through financial support, prayers, and collaboration, people globally have the opportunity to stand alongside national missionaries and contribute to their vital work. This partnership allows for a broader impact, leveraging resources, expertise, and diverse perspectives to address the multifaceted challenges faced by communities.
The dedication and selflessness of national missionaries serve as an inspiration to people everywhere, urging them to reflect on their own roles in bringing God’s hope and compassion to those in need. Their stories remind us of the power of faith, love, and perseverance in overcoming obstacles and effecting positive change. As we support and stand with national missionaries, we become part of a global community united in the shared goal of bringing hope, healing, and transformation to a world in need.
The United Nations lists women and girls as one of the most vulnerable people groups in the world. That’s half the population of the planet. Deep social and cultural prejudices and practices impact this people group. This is why women missionaries are so greatly needed in the world today.
Natural disasters happen all over the world, and no one knows when or where one might happen next. This is why disaster relief organizations are so important. Helping victims of earthquakes, floods and cyclones is important since their crops and houses have been wiped out, leaving already impoverished families with little hope for the future.
Since 1979, GFA World has been faithfully serving “the least of these” in Asia. More recently, GFA was welcomed to begin ministry in Africa, steps have already been taken to be able to train missionaries in Africa to provide many of the same services to the impoverished—clean water, a child sponsorship program, community development and more.
If you have spent some time in Christian circles, especially those with a focus on mission work, you have likely heard the phrase “10/40 window” mentioned more than once, but what is the 10/40 window? The term was coined a few decades ago by missiologist Luis Bush to direct attention to a specific area of the world where there is a great need for the Gospel.
Jesus’s last words to His disciples were, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Of the 7 billion (and growing) people on the Earth, an estimated 5.32 billion live in what is called the 10/40 Window.
In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus says, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (NKJV). What is the great commission? It’s an order that all believers in Jesus have been given!