"So the churches were strengthened and made firm in the faith, and they increased in number day after day." - Acts 16:5
More than 85 percent of the nations on the Asian and African continents are hostile to western Christianity and prohibit foreign missionaries from proclaiming the Good News of salvation within their borders. For the gospel to spread throughout these vast regions, native believers and pastors must be equipped to reach their families, friends, and communities.
This is why Nations for Jesus (NFJ) is committed to training and supporting native-pastors who have been called to church planting. As a rule, local populations view national pastors much more favorably than foreign missionaries. Also, native pastors understand the nuances of the language, culture, and lifestyle that are often difficult and time-consuming for foreign missionaries to learn. Finally, training nationals is by far the most efficient use of NFJ's financial resources and the most effective way to reach these two continents that are desperate for the gospel.
Many of the countries on the Asian and African continents are both economically underdeveloped and very restrictive when it comes to Christianity. As a result, the struggling local churches do not have the finances they need to grow. Yet, NFJ is committed to helping them plant churches, even to the remotest parts of Africa and Asia. Please join NJF in praying for and supporting these brave national church planters as we work together to plant 25,000 indigenous churches by 2020.