Lists of Missionaries

Discussion in 'Missions / Witnessing / eVangelism' started by Gayla, Aug 20, 2003.

  1. Gayla

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    does anyone know of a Cross referenced list of Baptist Missionaries (Independent).

    Our Pastor is resigning to go to Quito, Ecuador as a Missionary. Said there is only One Independent Baptist church in a city of 2 million.
    Then looking at the BBFI Mission Page, I found two families that are in Quito. One of them <Jim and Sharon Smith , have been there for more than 20 years.

    I think the Boards need to communicate with one another a little bit.

    What do Y'all think??

    Gayla [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. I Am Blessed 24

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    I don't know of any such list.

    It is odd that you should post this tonight because I asked at church tonight for a list of all our missionaries! [​IMG]
     
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    The only list of missionaries I know of is the missionaries from my church. Pastor had them printed on all our prayer request sheets for us. ~Miss Abby
    Provbers 31:30
     
  4. Gayla

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    My husband and I have been working with Missions at our church for the last 4 years.
    Each year at Missions conference time, we've made a booklet with lessons on Missions such as how to pray for them, how to write etc. also included is a list of all our Missonaries with addresses. this year we even put pictures of most of them (some were not available)

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    Alot of the mission boards have websites, most listing their Missionaries. But they don't always seem to know that there ARE other Missionaries in the same areas.


    It would be a big project to try to make a cross referenced list w :rolleyes: [​IMG] ouldn't it??
     
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    First, it depends on how you define an Independent Baptist Church. I have no doubt that there are more than one independent Baptist mission works in Quito. But, a mission work does not make an independent Baptist Church. For that the work must be under at least partial national control. So, the statement that there is only One Independent Baptist church could easily be true under that formulation. Further, just because two families are listed as working with a given board in a given city, it does not mean that they are working in two seperate works. I know of a BWM work in Hungary where two families would be listed for Pecs. But, they both serve in the same church. In different facets of the work to be sure, but to someone just glancing at the BWM website, it would be difficult to tell that.

    Now, the brother may have been waxing evangelistic. However, in a city of two million, he and his family problably won't run across the others there without some effort. So, let's give him the benefit of the doubt.
     
  6. Gayla

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    I really think what it is , is that the Missionary Boards naturally keep track of their own people, but don't seem to be aware of others being there.


    Of course that's a big place,(2 million)


    This isn't the first time I've wondered about all the different Boards "communicating" with one another.........
     
  7. Ben W

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    It is in this situation that the Baptist World Alliance can be really helpfull, by denominations talking to one another we can be well aware of what is going on, and who is doing what.
     
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    Many of us wouldn't tell the BWA how many states there are in the United States, much less anything about our activities.
     
  9. Ben W

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    :confused:

    They are just another part of the body of Christ.
     
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    It is not that hard to find out what Baptist missionaries are in a particular city etc.
    Most mission boards have a pretty good idea of who is where in the fact that they know how many missionaries are in a particular city from other groups. They may not have it exact, but know pretty well.

    To have a cross refference list, one would have to wnat to do it and then take the time. Most missions agancies don't have the time or manpower and considering there are greater priorities in their daily work.

    Also; not all missionaries go throu a "board." Many go through a local Baptist church.

    Most, not all, missionaries I have worked with and know ... have gone to their particular field ahead of time to search things out etc. and they have a good idea of who is in the city of their "calling."

    A lot of IFB missionaries work in and with more than one Baptist church. Starting churches; training nationals (in Bible Insittutes - called into the ministry) - in the Bible and in pastoring a church. Then, they send them out to start Baptist churches and to pastor the churches the missionaries have started.

    Thses are just a few things from my persepctive, pastoring for 34 years. Other groups may or do have a different philosophy. That's why we are Independent Baptist.
     
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    Don't want to sound a negative note, but realize that some folks "over-blow" the need of a field by sounding like they are the ONLY ones.

    Example: A pastor resigned his NC church and encouraged 3-4 families (insurance agent was the one I met and told me) to move to CASPER WYOMING to start a true ifb church because there was not a single good ifb church in that city of 50k.

    There are 22 baptist churches; well, 23 with his little storefront operation. Came in with a bus ministry, ACE school, aggressive program that slowly has fizzled because that doesn't work in Casper.

    That aside, this fellow receives $$$ from churches back in North Carolina for being a missionary to the heathen here. Sad.
     
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    Dr. Bob is right on, every indepednent missionary I have every met (Ok I am exaggerating again), but many say, "We are the ONLY one going to this place." What that means is "we are the only Baptist in name, KJV only, pre-millinial, Bob Jones Educated, grape juice-communion-once a quarter, wednesday evening service preaching, missionary there." Home missions are similiar, there are countiesin Iowa with NO evangelical work, but Baptist groups send home missionaries to places with 3 other Baptist churches, but no -----fill in the blank--- Baptist Church. It is maddening the way we don't work together.
     
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    But Mark, surely you know that if there's not a church of exactly my stripe then there is no fundamental, Bible-believing church in the community. [​IMG]

    (Go Cubbies. The Cards lucked out with that retinally-challenged part time ump in game 2 last night.)
     
  14. Gayla

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    This might be a rambling answer, but here goes!

    I am aware that Independent Baptists who go out as Missionaries do not all go through a Board, but even the ones who do are still 'Sent' by one scecific Independent Baptist church. Any given number of Missionaries going through (not sent by, but going through) any Specific Board will have differences on things like bus ministry, When (OR if) do I start a Bible Institute, and the list could go on for days. . . I personally think Bbile Institutes should be started to train the Nationals to go start more churches and continue Srpeadiing the Gospel. (Isn't that what Church planting Missionaries means?)

    this is all this dizzy broad can do right now.....chemo still hasn't worn off . . . :rolleyes: [​IMG]
     
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    I think the original thread of the 1st post was regarding a cross reference for re/foreign missionaries.

    I also agree that -- in the states -- there are home missionaries that (and sending Baptist churches also) that consider anyone not of their stripe is not IFB. That is (my opinion)short sided on their part.

    From time to time, we check into the works of our missionaries etc. We have dropped a couple in the past couple years for unscriptural practices. Won't go into specifics. We did add 6 new missionaries this year.

    Home missionaries; we support for one year and re-examine their status each year.

    I believe we need to be ... in all areas ... and here we are discussing missions .... good stewards of God's money in our charge.

    I have also shared with our people, that if we expect our missionaries to win souls .... can we expect no less of our selves ... if not more.
     
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    We should start a directory of Missionaries. I would be willing to provide space on my website.

    It would nice to know where people are and what they are doing.

    Btw, I am a missionary in South Korea. I am a Baptist. I am independant of any churches now (since the one supporting me spilt) and I did not go through any mission board. God is providing support by allowing me to tutor students.

    Praise God!

    God Bless You,
    Nicolas
    1 Cor 10:31
     
  17. BoRay

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    If you'd like a list of missionaries to the Jewish people USA and worldwide..........

    Check the IBJM web page

    International Board of Jewish Missions

    Hixson, Tenn

    Ray Wastson and family IBJM to BOSTON
     
  18. Gayla

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    Our church supports the IBJM!!!!
     

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