Reason to Rejoice

Over 1,400 Alliance International Workers

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Recently Dr. Gary Benedict, the President of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in the United States, stated, “The Alliance now has over 1,400 international workers.” Here’s how he arrived at this number:

  • 580 career missionaries sent out by the US Alliance
  • 152 workers serving with the US International Fellowship of Alliance Professionals (IFAP)
  • 67 workers deployed by Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA)
  • 45 self-funded personnel from the US Alliance
  • 10 workers from the US Alliance sent out in miscellaneous categories
  • 25 part-time personnel serving under the US Alliance
  • 180 international workers sent out by the Canadian Alliance
  • 357 missionaries sent out by partner Alliance churches of the Alliance World Fellowship
  • Total: 1,416 Alliance international workers

The most exciting growth in the bottom line number of 1,416 Alliance international workers is in those sent out by partner churches of the Alliance World Fellowship. These are primarily from the Alliance churches of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, the continents where the Christian movement is growing most rapidly in this new century. This is reason to rejoice! While the US and Canadian Alliance families are excited to continue sending out missionaries, and long to see their numbers grow, much of the growth in the next decade is likely to come from the non-North American part of the worldwide Alliance movement.

Why is this? It’s the work of the Lord of the Harvest. As His Spirit moves in the hearts of His people, Acts 13-like scenarios are repeated over and over. “While they (the church in Antioch) were worshipping and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands of them and sent them off” (Acts 13:2-3). What follows in Acts chapters 13 through 15 is a chronicle of a cross-cultural journey taking the gospel to places and peoples where it was not yet known. This same Holy Spirit continues to work in the sending of the 1,416 Alliance cross-cultural witnesses serving around the globe today.

“In the United States in the last half century no one denomination mission board has a better record in starting mission-minded overseas churches than The Christian and Missionary Alliance.”

—Ralph D. Winter, director of the U.S. Center for World Missions

Part of the Spirit’s work is enabling Alliance workers from North America and Europe to be carriers of this biblical DNA, passing along the understanding that every church established is to move full-circle from being a recipient of Christian missions to becoming a participant in Christian missions. When the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) were given by Jesus, these were instructions for all those He was calling to Himself, for His kingdom people. Even though the last century of Christian missions flowed primarily from North America and Europe, Jesus’ intent is for this to flow from all parts of His Church to those who don’t yet know Him. In this new century, we will increasingly see a variety of non-North American, non-European beautiful feet bringing good news (Isaiah 52:7) to the remaining unreached peoples of our world. As these “sent ones” or missionaries grow in number and impact, joining with missionaries from North America and Europe, together we will move forward at an accelerating pace in completing Christ's mission. God’s kingdom will increasingly come. This is reason to rejoice!

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