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Why We Still Send Missionaries (VIDEO)

By Tom Mills, Oct 5, 2021

In the past decade, we’ve seen tremendous expansion of the gospel around the world. With rising costs, and a Western sensitivity toward colonialism, many are asking if we would make better use of our resources by funding local believers to reach their own people. Should we still be sending missionaries? 

The reality is that in the U.S., we live in a land still filled with light. In the U.S., there is one full-time Christian worker for every 270 people. In the rest of the world combined, it's one in 450,000. In the Muslim world, it's more than 1.7 million. There is a difference between someone who has never heard the gospel in the U.S. and someone who has never heard the gospel in Saudi Arabia. It becomes an issue of access. 

There simply aren’t enough local believers to reach the unreached, and where there are pastors, many are stretched thin and lack training. 

We must work together if we’re going to fulfill the Great Commission. Watch as MTW missionaries and national partners share their perspectives on why sending missionaries to serve internationally is still vital for the growth of the global Church. 

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