When an indigenous missionary carries the Bible into a village that doesn’t have a church, he is already prepared to connect in meaningful ways with the local people because he —
- comes from the same tribe or a nearby ethnic group
- already knows their language
- is familiar with their customs, lifestyle, and religion.
Because they live at the level of the local people, indigenous missionaries often need as little as $250/month to live and work (far less than the typical American missionary).
On top of that, they are committed to long-term discipleship, allowing them to plant and minister to long-lasting churches. The result is enduring communities of believers.