National Workers Model Christ-Likeness

 

What would it cost for you to proclaim the love of Christ in a foreign country where the Good News desperately needs to be heard? Likely thousands of dollars each month. Yet, there is a much more effective way, through AMG's national workers around the world.

We have always believed there is no better way to make disciples of all nations than by equipping men and women to proclaim the Gospel and teach God's truth in their own language and culture. This is exactly what AMG's nearly 2,500national workers in dozens of countries around the world are doing every day-whether they are directing our ministry in a given country, planting and pastoring churches, or cooking meals for the kids at one of our childcare centers.

Our commitment to national workers goes beyond ministry effectiveness, though. Think for a minute about the spiritual and theological resources at your disposal here in the U. S. You and I are (in spite of opposition) blessed with freedom to openly practice and share our faith. We are able to build churches, Christian schools, and other ministry facilities, and these institutions enjoy tax-exempt status. We have countless copies of Scripture and volumes of practical and theological books to help us grow in our faith. Radio, television, and the Internet offer us access to a world of Bible teaching from all corners of our country.

In much of the world, however, this is not the case. When we think of the work our national partners do in the name of Christ, we want to see the church flourish in every culture where we work, sharing the riches of Christ fully. Nationals are leading the way in making disciples, and this goes so much deeper than making Christians. National workers model Christ-likeness to their people in a way that shows that the Gospel is not merely a Western idea but the good news for all people.

Through nationals, AMG provides churches with extended opportunities for ministry (through medical care, child care, disaster relief, etc.) as well as pastor training (ranging from special classes for pastors already serving to formal higher education for those pursuing ministry). We want to see God's Church "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Pet. 3:18), teaching and equipping believers to withstand trials and faithfully witness for Christ to their neighbors.

Among the most rewarding experiences we have the privilege to share as a ministry is watching a young person come through one of our childcare centers, and through the love and care of our faithful national workers there, grow to accept Christ and then serve Him in ministry also-whether with organizations like AMG or as a local church pastor.

We could tell you the story of Virgilio, who came to AMG's Home of Hope orphanage in Bacolod City in the Philippines as a malnourished child, with no hope and no direction for his life. Through AMG's faithful workers there, he was fed, clothed, taught, and even provided a scholarship to be able to attend college and seminary. Today, he serves as a pastor in his home country.

It never ceases to amaze us how often we see this "full-circle" of life transformation in what God is doing through AMG.  There are young men and women like Ender and Cinta in Guatemala who, through sponsorship with AMG, finished school and became teachers themselves (Ender even teaches at the same center where he was a student!), or Sylviain Uganda who earned a degree in child development with the goal of helping kids like herself escape poverty and abuse. There are stories like those of Daniel and Hardi, both of whom were sponsored as children in Indonesia and both of whom today serve as pastors of local churches even as they teach God's word to others at AMG's Berita Hidup Seminary in Solo City.

Please pray with us for AMG's national workers and consider helping provide for their ministry expenses and family needs through sponsorship. With your support, hundreds of faithful AMG national workers will continue to be salt and light to their communities.

To learn more about AMG's national worker ministries around the world, and discover how you can sponsor a national worker, please visit www.amginternational.org or call 1-800-251-7206.

Advancing the Ministries of the Gospel (AMG) International is a non-denominational, international missions agency based in Chattanooga, Tenn. AMG's distinctive has always been its reliance on national workers to carry the Gospel in their own cultures. Today, they operate ministries in more than 30 countries around the world through partnership with national believers.

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