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Indigenous Missions

Indigenous Missions: by definition

Indigenous:  having originated in and being produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment

 

Missions:  a ministry commissioned by a religious organization to propagate its faith or carry on humanitarian work

 

Patrick Johnstone and Jason Mandryk produced a great tool in book form called Operation World.”   :

They give a key to what has led to the phenomenal growth of Christianity in the third world. Their quote: “but most of the subsequent growth came from a new generation of indigenous evangelical movements around the world.”

I was recently having lunch with a indigenous pastor on the Pine Ridge Rez. I used the phrase Indigenous missions and the conversation came to a halt. “What do you mean by that” He asked? I gave my ignorant definition and then I asked Him How would you define it? He answered “WE GET THE KEYS.”

Those words have been ringing in my ears. I know behind those words were hundreds of years of pain of betrayal and abandonment by whites, but pressing past that. I personally have paid a great price with Americans not wanting to give when they find out my long term vision is to give what we build to the Indigenous people when all is said and done. That to mean when integrity and relationship is healthy with all involved.

Where the rubber meets the road is with cultural differences on integrity. In the third world in general children are taught to eat as much as you can today for tomorrow there may not be anything to eat. Subconsciously as they grow up as they work with Americans and Europeans that philosophy is carried into relationships. Get the money today because they may not be here tomorrow.

Two problems in that, First it touches of that eat drink and be marry for tomorrow we may die mentality that scripture address’s. Second it address’s our American/European need to be in charge. Wow it is a trust issue, Jesus said “My Sheep will know my voice” and ” I will build my church.” Real lasting change is needed in both cases, Jesus in control fixes the problem. So when is it time to cut the apron strings and hand over ministry to the people in whom it is intended? When Jesus says so. He still speaks in most cases we don’t want to hear.

Jesus we need you to take back control of not only our ministries but our hearts. Come Lord Jesus.  

     

Indigenous : having originated in and being produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment

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Alma Jones hits the mission field in Her 70’s whats your excuse !!! I had just come back from my 2nd trip to Uganda and was sharing about the needs of the orphaned children. I noticed in the back of the church Alma Jones was emotionally moved. As soon as the service was over I checked with Alma to see what was going on. She explained that when She was 18 years old She felt the Lord calling Her to the same east African region that I had been to. In those days a single woman would not have found Her way through Bible college and then sent alone into such need. Life handed Her some curve balls and here She was at 72 thinking of what could have been. I reminded Her that God’s callings are sure. If God called Her then She is called Now.

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She took that to be the word of the Lord and a short time later She was In Uganda. She went on Her first stay with Dave and Ruth Christian who spent about 1 year training christian leaders in Uganda. When Dave and Ruth returned home She stayed and has been there for around 4 years.

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On a past trip I got to stay with Alma and see up close what the Lord is doing with Her. She has been teaching leaders how to study the Bible. While there we spent a lot of time with a young man in His teens who was actually pastoring a church due to the fact that the residing pastor had left in a hurry with big issues. No one was qualified to step into that position so this young man was chosen due to that fact that Alma had been mentoring Him. Here She is after Her ride broke down in the field and had to drive back in the back of a truck.

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If you would like Alma to speak on the missions topic and encourage your group that God doesn’t retire you but refire you She’s your lady at 77 years young, contact email at     jjajjauganda@yahoo.com

If you would like to join in the journey by helping Alma out financially, please make your checks payable to House of Friends, and send your donations to P O Box 228, Alma, MO 64001 along with a note for Alma Jones.  All donations are tax deductible. If you would like more information call ·  816 533 2573

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