When we look at a map, we often see borders of countries, and mountainous regions, but we never see the people that are within those countries. The early mapmakers would come to the end of their work and would state “beyond here be dragons.” Literally it was a statement of an unfinished work that needed to be completed yet covered with a warning.
The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded us to take the gospel that He has given to every nation. Stepping beyond the map takes us into interpersonal relationships that have eternal benefits of seeing people know the Christ that we serve. This is the heartbeat behind Indigenous Ministries.
Indigenous Ministries is focused on three core programs: missions, uplifting people, and relief efforts.
By stepping “beyond the map” into difficult access countries and areas, Indigenous Ministries engages with what God the Holy Spirit is doing in redeeming people to Himself who otherwise might not have the opportunity to respond to God’s love.
Indigenous Ministries trains fishers of men in India, Southeast Asia and The Middle East through:
- Global Church Planting Initiative
- National pastors’ and women’s conferences
- Bible college and seminary training
- Beautiful International Women’s Ministry
Through relief efforts, Indigenous Ministries ministers both physically and spiritually and uplifts people by helping them develop economic independence through a variety of projects including:
- A children’s home and other livelihood projects
- Child and student sponsorship programs
- Rescuing girls from sex slavery
- Medical education
Indigenous Ministries began its relief efforts in the summer of 2014 with the expulsion of Christians from the city of Mosul, Iraq. Over 45,000 Christians were demanded to leave their homes and their city, convert to Islam, or face the sword. ISIS removed all Christians from Mosul and the surrounding areas that had been there for over 1,700 years. The crisis in Syria and Iraq continues to be of concern and Indigenous Ministries stands with those in crisis that are left with simply their lives. Other relief efforts include:
- Emergency relief aid
- Medical clinics and emergency care
- Working with national churches in times of crisis with relief aid and the Gospel
By stepping “Beyond the Map” into difficult access countries, Indigenous Ministries engages with what God the Holy Spirit is doing in redeeming people to Himself who otherwise might not have the opportunity to respond to God’s love.
To learn more, visit www.indigenousministries.org.
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