My heart goes out to those brother’s in the world who lack resources and I hope we are always generous with brother’s and sister’s in Christ.
But let us also consider the strategic issues and consequences of creating churches and ministers in other countries that are dependent on the west!
Glenn Penner writes on the Persecuted Church Weblog:
…I do not believe that persecution is the greatest threat to the continuing spread of the gospel. I am much more concerned about something that, at first glace, seems benign and even helpful but which I contend is far more insidious. I am referring to the dependency creating practices that ministries are increasingly promoting in the name of “partnership.”Such programs are varied and wide-ranging. Some claim to be “revolutionizing” world missions…
WASHINGTON(CNN)— Maintaining security in Diyala province north of Baghdad will be impossible if U.S. troops are withdrawn from Iraq, according to a U.S. senior ground commander there.
“We obviously cannot maintain that if the forces are withdrawn — and that would be a very, very bad idea, to do a significant withdrawal immediately,” Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, commander of U.S. forces in northern Iraq, told CNN’s Jamie McIntyre