I want to share with you some comments I received from a pastor and seek your thoughts on them. "Much of what we call missions (because it falls in the missions budget) is not missions at all. For example: there are several groups that go and help a church build a building- that is called missions. A man could have a medical "ministry"- that is called missions. A soup kitchen or homeless shelter- missions. A pregnancy care center- missions. A Bible printing ministry- missions. Awana (do not get me started), CEF (same category) missions. The Alma Mater- missions. A retreat or campground- missions. A man runs a Bible College in a foreign country- missions. A Children's Home- missions. A Sports Ministry- missions. A Christian School- missions. Going around to fairs in a booth and strong arming professions- missions. Why is someone who goes to Alaska considered a missionary- it is America. I wonder if the reason we are not reaching the world is because we have become so Welfare like with our missions policies. We spoil a missionary on deputation. They travel around for 2-3 years and many (not all) live the best years of their lives. They go and struggle on the field about 2-3 years and have to come back to get their fix of being spoiled on deputation. Or Pastor a Church in the States or drop out all together. I have had them come back to raise money for life insurance or health insurance or a vehicle. Or come home for "health reasons" and stay in the states for 2,3 or 4 years- just drawing money. Truth be known, many a Pastor in the states serves God without benefit of many of the things a missionary comes back to the States to raise support for. We have one missionary we support in a South America country that comes home every 6-8 months and stays 8-12 months to raise more support. For the most part IFB missionaries are accountable to NNE!!!!! There are fields that have been "reached" to the point that they are evangelizing their own people- Philippines. Why do we continue to send more people over there. Why do we support "National" Philippine and other countries Pastors? Why do we send men from other countries to Bible College here in America, so they can be Americanized to live high on the hog in their 3rd world country, while Cuz'n Joe is a Pastor in Backwater, Alabama- running 25, working 2 jobs to keep food on the table for his wife and kids, giving 20% or more of his income to support "missions"? Not every church ministry needs to be paid for by other churches. If I have a bus ministry, it is not right to expect your church to buy my busses, pay my gas, insure those vehicles, and train my drivers. But somehow it is ok if I have a printing ministry to expect churches to buy my paper, buy my equipment, seek donations of equipment, buy my ink, and then charge you a fee to print your order. Or it is not ok for your church to pay my salary, purchase my groceries, and pay my utilities, because I am a Pastor in the states. But it is OK to Pastor a church in a foreign country, teach that church to care for me as their Pastor, live in a house that some group built, AND draw monthly support from churches and on top of that come home every whipstitch and live off the love offerings, motels, restaurants, and my monthly support. Once again- Am I opposed to Missions? NO! But I am opposed to the lack of integrity we are seeing in what is called Missions." Comments?