Why National Preachers?
Benefits of Assisting National Preachers
God desires to be worshipped by all of the nations, tribes and peoples of the world. There may be five billion of people or more in the world today who do not know Jesus as their personal Savior! There are thousands of people groups who have no one taking the Gospel to them. Christians must work together to accelerate the spreading of the Gospel. This is what Gospelink seeks to do. We want to help mobilize the developing world church in spreading the Gospel. The national preacher has many advantages over the traditional foreign missionary. Consider the following advantages:
This is one of the biggest advantages of doing missionary work through the national preacher. To be full time in the ministry, the typical national preacher living in a developing nation only needs about $50.00 to $75.00 per month. In this same economy, the typical foreign missionary will need between $4,000 to $5,000 per month. Gospelink can support approximately 40 to 50 national preachers for every foreign missionary in these same countries. Now, there is a way to accelerate the spreading of the Gospel!
The national preacher needs no passport or visa to reach his people. He is a citizen of his country, and he can travel freely without the red tape of being a foreigner. Though he may be persecuted for his faith, because of his citizenship, he is still able to remain and minister within his nation.
Today the average foreign missionary must spend at least two years raising their financial support. Every few years they must come home and spend months reporting to their sending churches and raising additional support. The national preacher does not have this situation. They are able to spend 100% of their time on the mission field serving the Lord.
Lack of Culture Shock
The major cause of attrition among Western missionaries is an inability to adapt to the differences in culture. The national preacher does not experience any “culture shock.” Typically, he grew up without electricity or running water in his home. He enjoys the local foods and customs. The difficulties of transportation and communication are an accepted way of life.
The national preacher does not need to spend any time learning a new language in order to minister in his nation. In fact, many of these preachers grew up speaking three to four tribal languages. They know the idioms and the correct tones of the languages. This gives them an incredible advantage over the typical foreign missionary.