Becoming a financial partner with indigenous church planters through FMI expands the power of your mission dollar by a factor of 60 or more versus traditional methods!
Because of FMI’s distinctive strategy of exclusively building partnerships with church planters and evangelists within their native countries, each dollar donated to FMI has a potential impact that is exponentially greater than budgets which focus only on sending people from here to there (wherever there may be), because the living expenses of indigenous missionaries are significantly less than their foreign counterparts.
A recent report indicates that it costs an average of well over $10,000 per month to support a missionary family from North America to serve overseas.* Sometimes that family unit is a married couple, and both spouses may be involved in ministry, so it may be construed that it costs about $5,000 per adult missionary. (However, it should be noted that if a missionary family includes children then often much of one parent’s time is taken away from cross-cultural outreach and is devoted to raising those children.) By contrast, full sponsorship of an indigenous church planter through FMI requires just $140 per month. An investment equal to what it typically costs to keep one US missionary overseas would propel at least 83 trained and qualified national missionaries to serve inside their own country! And because the indigenous missionary already knows the local language, understands the nuances of the culture, and has significant relationships within the community, an FMI sponsorship is tremendously time-effective as well as cost-effective.
In an era when Muslim-dominant countries are refusing entry to foreign missionaries (or expelling those who have served there), supporting indigenous missionaries makes both short-term and long-term sense. It’s an investment which reaps eternal dividends.
Your partnership empowers a qualified church planter with income, opportunity for on-going training, and emergency medical expenses. Your support allows the pastor to focus on the crucial tasks of evangelism and discipleship, until his church matures to the point of being able to independently support him. Financial partners who contribute $140 per month will receive a profile of the sponsored national church planter, a prayer reminder card with his photo, instructions on how to communicate with and encourage your partner, semi-annual ministry reports, and a personal copy of mission expert Paul Borthwick’s book, Western Christians in Global Mission.