Not wanting to derail another thread of, missionary sending organizations, I thought that I would start this one. Had I posted on the other thread I would have answered "the local church." Like Acts 13, when the church at Antioch commissioned Paul and Barnabas, it was the church that sent them. At the end of each journey Paul returned back to his home church at Antioch. Is the local church the sending agency or the mission board? In my situation the local church commissioned me to go. The mission board was simply a clearing house for funds. They were the ones that made sure that the support raised was sent to the missionary.