The Changing Face of Christian Missions
Until 1980 most Christian missionaries came from western nations. But as the church has begun to grow rapidly in Latin America, Southern Africa and parts of Asia, countries that once received missionaries are catching the vision to be sending countries. One region of the world that these countries are sending missionaries to is the Muslim world. These missionaries are active in discipleship, literature distribution and church planting. They are also welcoming short term missions teams and groups and exposing people to the work of God.
Helping Fulfill the Great Commission
The international Christian mission organization, Operation Mobilization (OM), has been committed to mobilizing Christians from all nations to fulfill the Great Commission. The historic change in the world missions’ movement gave even greater momentum to OM’s efforts to reflect the diversity of the body of Christ.
By 1999, South Korea and India joined the USA and the UK as the largest missionary sending nations in the world. Today a large percentage of missionaries being sent out now come from new sending nations.
Missionaries and Christian mission agencies are empowering and supporting churches in these regions as they reach their own nations and encouraging them in their participation in world missions.