February 26, 2011

Preference in Missionaries Being Sent

In order to reach a group of people with the Gospel, and under ordinary circumstances, our preference for deciding on who to train, equip, and send to reach them should be like this:

1) native missionaries (indigenous)
2) near-cultural missionaries
3) cross-cultural, national missionaries
4) cross-cultural, foreign missionaries who are accustomed to living at the same economic level as those they are trying to reach
5) cross-cultural, foreign missionary of any sort

If group 1 is not available, we look to group 2.  If group 1 and 2 are not available, we look to group 3 and so forth.  Does this make sense?  Do you agree?  Disagree?  What would be some exceptions?

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