I was recently reading the promotional materials for a start up church planting mission. The material said that nationals could be mobilized to do the work of the mission at just 2% of the cost of mobilizing a U.S. missionary to the same area. What that means is that for your dollar 50 people will be missionaries, not just one. I like the part of the strategy that says we want to influence many for the sake of the Gospel. The part hidden from percentage is the cost of training, managing and mobilizing more by that staff here in the U.S.

Recently a good friend told me that an agency in Swaziland didn’t want mission teams because it took work away from the poor. I was shocked at my quick response. “That’s crap.”

Swaziland is a nation dying from AIDS, they need emergency medicine, quick care, rapid response and plans for systems that keeps a life-saving work going. The statement from the agency represents the worship of a God who is on a budget. Our trip prices include the hiring of nationals, the gathering of a team’s resources to meet a physical need for a building, like a clinic or children’s home, a side-by-side experience with the poor and the hiring of locals.

Along with mobilizing nationals, God also wants us to be a part of seeing, and