Family & Friends,
I love any person, church or mission agency that supports global missions in any way! But, I think it is time to re-evaluate our strategy. The most basic of God’s force, the local church, has been relegated to “picking up the bill”. Mission agencies that were established to facilitate missions have become the sending agency. The mission agencies choose the missionaries, choose their ministry, choose their country and act as their supervisors. The missionaries they choose then come to the church and say, “just money please.” Since missionaries are often supported by 50 individuals and 10 churches, the mission agency is forced to be the sending agency.
What if, the local church got back into being the sending agency? I decided to pursue a wonderful mission agency called Africa New Life Ministries. Since they are not footing the bill, I am not looking to them as the sending agency. They are the mission field facilitators. Imago Dei Community is the sender and saying to them, “G is our staff elder on mission. We would like to place him with your mission agency. We expect to be the final authority of what he does. Would you be the facilitator on the ground in Rwanda? We would like to send him to you, that is, loan him from our staff to yours.” Africa New Life has agreed and the “Memorandum of Understanding” is in process. I’ll be teaching full time at Africa College of Theology (ACT), Kigali, Rwanda, starting February, 2014.