Doctors at the WWM clinic in Bolivia treat a young patient.
Ruben Rocha Peinado, Bolivia
Name withheld, Jordan
Oliofa Homoleza, Papua New Guinea
John Kuo, Taiwan
Already hard at work in their own countries, these men and women of God are evangelizing entire villages, planting new churches, building medical clinics, schools, and childcare centers.
It isn’t necessary for them to be uprooted and transported, at great expense, to some strange, distant land. They already know the culture, the customs, the laws, the language. So they encounter fewer barriers in witnessing for Christ. They can go where no “foreigner” ever could.
Dr. Basil Miller recognized the advantage of indigenous missionaries more than 50 years ago, even before he founded World-Wide Missions:
“In my missionary writing I had long ago discovered that the most effective work done in many foreign countries was that carried forward by the nationals themselves. There were many arguments in favor of such missionary endeavors. They were already on the field. They knew the language and the customs. They could live much more economically in their own countries than a foreign missionary. In fact, the expense in most cases is practically one-tenth of what it would cost to bring a missionary from a foreign country and sustain him while on the field.
“I later discovered there is another sound argument for national programs—the fact that the work cannot be closed down where there is any type of religious freedom at all. The national cannot be expelled. Also with the rising tide of nationalism, government officials look with favor upon indigenous missions, soundly established, carefully defined, and faithfully financed.”
From its very beginning, World-Wide Missions has worked hand in hand with national pastors and other key Christians already at work in their own lands. We encourage them to make full use of all their talents, abilities and spiritual gifts as they minister to the whole person by providing spiritual, educational, and medical help through churches, schools, orphanages and clinics.
Presently we have 42 churches with more than 3,500 members, a thriving Bible and tract distribution program, and a lifesaving medical clinic that treats 15,000 patients a year. All are under the supervision of Ruben Rocha Peinado, a highly respected Christian leader and medical doctor.
Oliofa Homoleza pastors a church of 50 members in Goroka, deep in the interior Eastern Highlands, and has trained six fellow evangelists whose goal is “to win our entire community of 11 villages to Christ.”
We have withheld the name of our leader in Jordan because of legal restrictions in some Middle Eastern nations, and the threat of religious persecution.
WWM’s ministry began with a church in the capital city of Amman, attended by more than 350 people each week. Because there are many Iraqi refugees in Jordan, we started a separate congregation for them, and then for other displaced peoples—Kurds, Sudanese, and Filipinos. A medical clinic serves the needs of all these groups. From our base in Jordan we distribute Bibles and Christian literature throughout the Middle East and conduct seminars designed to help church leaders better share their faith and develop self-supporting indigenous ministries.
Our WWM church, led by John Kuo, has a unique skin clinic for victims of leprosy in Kaohsiung with 12 inpatients and over 250 outpatients treated each month. Spiritual and physical wonders are common here, as the desperately sick are restored to health and wholeness.