I personally believe that the success of any missionary endeavor can be measured by the degree that nationals on any mission field are themselves fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. For this goal of
Our present-day culture can be described as a comfort-at-any-cost society. In this environment, things such as affliction, pain, persecution, and other forms of suffering are viewed as obstacles and enemies. Missionaries are not immune from
Millions of professing Christians waiver, when confronted with the need to follow Christ whole-heartedly. Millions more excuse themselves by saying, “I am thinking about it. Perhaps one day I will decide.” The latter group is
Elgin and Dorothy Taylor the founders of TEL International, served 55 years in foreign missionary service. Between 1959 and 1982, the Taylors planted the seed of the gospel across the globe, beginning in Okinawa Japan as the first African-American missionaries to the orient where he pastored a Japanese/American bilingual church; taught English as a second language at the University of the Ryukus and assisted his lovely wife Dorothy, at the Okinawa Christian School where she was one of the founding teachers.
In 1964, Elgin and Dorothy Taylor were transferred to Nigeria, W. Africa, but were evacuated to London, England due to the Biafra crisis, where they remained and worked for the next fifteen years. While in London. Elgin Taylor founded a cross-cultural church; a Missionary Bible College; and established a regional mission’s headquarters in Europe where he supervised Christian in Action (CinA) missionaries sent to Europe, Africa, South China, and India. Returning to America, 1980, they worked at the US Center for World Missions, Pasadena, CA with Dr. Ralph Winters. In 1982, Elgin was unanimously elected president of Christians in Action where he managed over 450 missionaries and national leaders. During his tenure, the ministry expanded into 23 countries. He served in this office for 20 years before resigning for health reasons – November 2002. After a brief retirement Elgin and Dorothy founded TEL International – August 1, 2007.
TEL International is comprised of a growing family of indigenous missionaries that reach out with the love of Jesus by sharing the gospel through holistic ministry; that compassionately meets the needs of hurting people, evangelizes the lost, disciples the saved, and establishes new converts into the body and ministry of local indigenous Christian churches.
We are a non-profit, non-political and non-denominational missionary society. Our primary objective is to nurture, equip and support indigenous or native missionaries who are carrying out the task of The Great Commission across the globe. Missionaries supported by TEL International are uniquely qualified and capable of performing this task.
- They live within reach of the unreached villages and they can disciple their own people.
- They instinctively recognize cultural norms within which they can contextualize the Gospel message.
- They know the local language and customs of their own people.
- They are able to illustrate the Gospel in ways that relate to the life and circumstances of the people they serve, and
- They understand how to approach their own people with the Gospel.
After 2000 years of missionary activity, over half the world has still not heard the Gospel. The traditional mission method of only training and financing North American and Western European missionaries is not sufficient in itself to reach the world. There are simply not enough missionaries or available economic resources from the West to reach all the nations of the world. A solution to this opportunity is to support native missionaries to work within their own countries and people groups.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I (Jesus) have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20.
It is our sincere belief that God desires to call a people for Himself from among “every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” (Revelation 7:9) The Church is His instrument to fulfill His global plan. Our part is to preach the Gospel, to pray, to worship, and to demonstrate His love. As we do, God will fill the world with local churches – Christian communities that take the Gospel “to every creature. Answer the call today and fulfill Jesus’ mandate to be in mission.
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