The short answer to that question is this: The Christians already living in the Muslim-dense countries of southern Asia and around the Horn of Africa.
For years, the Western Church has typically followed a paradigm for global evangelism that goes something like this: Recruit Christians from our own pews, train them for a specific mission, then send them to live in a foreign country to evangelize the local population. That’s a good strategy for pioneer evangelism…but we dare not forget that additional strategies are needed to fulfill Jesus Christ’s “Great Commission” after the pioneer phase has been achieved.
Once churches have been established overseas and local believers are discipled, the national Church matures when it is empowered to carry the baton of the good news of Jesus Christ to their countrymen. After all, the national believers already speak the language, understand the culture, have existing significant relationships in the communities where they live, and have a burden to reach their relatives, neighbors, and countrymen with the Gospel.
Since 1986, FMI has spearheaded a fairly unique niche among Western Christian mission organizations…because FMI doesn’t send anyone from here to severe there (wherever there may be). FMI serves only as an empowerment agency. We’ve been developing effective partnerships between churches, foundations, and individuals believers here with qualified key indigenous church planters, evangelists, pastors there – especially in countries where it is becoming increasingly difficult for Western Christians to live and serve. Together, by God’s grace, we achieve what neither party can do on its own.
We invite you to join us in the mission to facilitate, mobilize, and inspire a new generation of trained, dynamic church leaders who already live in the world’s largest Muslim-dominant regions and are eager to minister there. God hasn’t forgotten them, and neither should we.