The traditional method of only training and financing American and Western European missionaries is not sufficient in itself to reach the world. A solution to this problem is to support indigenous or native missionaries to work within their own countries and people groups. It has been said that global missions is a very simple endeavor: All that is needed is a man, called of God, sent to the place where God has called him, with the right tools in his hands.
There are countless indigenous missionaries throughout the world who are laboring faithfully in the places where God has sent them, but oftentimes they are greatly hindered by their lack of even the most basic resources. We believe that an important part of our ministry and the Great Commission is to provide these men and women with the resources needed to be effective in ministry and fulfill the calling on their lives. Missionary support is our primary ministry, and the highest percentage of all giving goes directly to these who would “go down into the mine.”
Missionaries supported by TEL International are uniquely qualified for 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; and they are able to illustrate the Gospel in ways that relate to the life and circumstances of the people they serve.