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Missions Giving: 10x Return

Here is a short list of possible overseas mission agencies that can increase results many times over most short- and long-term American missionaries for the cost and effectiveness of nationals over Americans. In deciding where to give, one must look at the goals or...

Haiti: Short-term “mission trips” providing labor

While in Florida in February 2011, I flew to Haiti for five days. I went with Partners Worldwide to consult with Haitian businesses to help them grow. With 80% unemployment, additional jobs are critical. I hoped some of my experiences would be of help to these...

Missionary Cost-Effectiveness

The following are conclusions from a study on American missionary cost-effectiveness in India with eight mission organizations having over 10,000 American foreign missionaries compared to national mission organizations. The 8 most salient realities revealed from a...

Learning From Others

We have learned much from reading and from others invested in missions. We read Bob Findley’s book The Future of Foreign Missions (1) which provides good evidence for using money for equipping nationals rather than sending Americans. Bob left China many years...

Learning From My Short Term Trips

Consulting Trips Over the years, I took short term consulting trips. One of my mentors told me something I always remembered. It was that I should not expect to do much good on a short term assignment. So the first question is whether I was doing something for the...

Why We Support National Workers

“And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, that I might not build upon another man’s foundation.” -Romans 15:20 “What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also.” 1 John 1:4 This is our journey as to why we give to support and...

Applying Lessons from Business and Past Professions

One of my lessons in business was to focus. Another important one was to only go into a new venture slowly and doing due diligence. With my entrepreneurial background, both of these were hard for me to do. I also learned in my profession as an irrigation engineer that...

Opportunity Costs in Missions

This paper gives the opportunities we have had in making disciples thru mostly nationals with much less cost than putting much money into short or long term American missionaries. It is what we have learned over the past thirty years. It is based on some evidence...