Just wondering about missions to third world countries. If missionaries/churches have established Bible colleges, after serveral decades of service, in these countries. And many men are graduating, why aren't we more willing to support national church-planting pastors? In many cases for the cost of one western missionary, twenty to thirty+ national missionaries could be fully supported. Maybe ten+ in capital cities. Perhaps there may be cases of rice (christians) pastors; just as there are our own T-bone servants. It would seem to me that missionaries going to established fields need seminary teaching experience to assist in training pastors, not simply going into areas where a national pastor is struggling just down the road! I make it a habit of asking national pastors whether or not a western (Baptist) missionary of like faith has started services nearby. It is just getting ridiculous. Our church (partly) supports a remote rural Philipino missionary who requests only $115 per month as total support for his family. (In major cities cost of living is more.) We consider him to be 'one of our boys' even though he is not our race/nationality. We have not judged him by sight either, by way of dupe-you-tation, receiving his answers to our questionaire as sufficient (with pastoral recommendations). (Yes, great care is needed in prayerful selection of candidates!) The military costs in war of establishing an initial beachhead are enormous. Why are we still establishing new spiritual beachheads when we are already on the ground? Seems unnecessarily expensive/risky to me. But it is never poor stewardship to support true missionaries! Don't get me started on the financial support of Christian entertainment TV "ministry" in western countries, when the poor countries of the world have so little Gospel opportunities. How much of our missionary support is going to someone NOT of our own race/country of origin? Third world national church planting pastors are worthy to be considered for support. A miserly $100 to us is like $1000+ to them.