Reaching the North American Indian for Christ
In September of 1978 a non-profit corporation was organized and approved by the state of Arizona for the purpose of aiding churches and individuals in their missionary out-reach to Apache Indians. The name of that organization was the Apache Independent Baptist Indian Mission Inc. In 1982 the name was changed to the Independent Baptist Indian Mission Inc. so that the organization would not be identified solely with one tribe.
The Independent Baptist Indian Mission seeks to provide a channel through which local churches can extend their missionary efforts to the Indians of North America by direct support of separated, soul-winning missionaries and Indian pastors. We believe that in conformity with the Scriptural example of Acts 13, it is the function of the local church to authorize and send forth its own missionaries. It is the policy of the Independent Baptist Indian Mission to encourage and promote that principle. Therefore, every missionary candidate, to become eligible for appointment under the Independent Baptist Indian Mission, must be a member of and commissioned or licensed by a local New Testament church. Thus, there is established and maintained a vital relationship between the missionary on the field and his home church. Every authorizing and every supporting church, as well as every missionary, becomes a vital part of the Independent Baptist Indian Mission family, and establishes a modern operation of the Scriptural method of missionary enterprise.
We seek missionaries who know that God has called them and have a real love and burden for Indian souls.
The missionary desiring to go to the field under this Mission must agree with and practice the Mission’s Statement of Faith.
Our missionaries live by the media of faith. This faith is to be in our God Who supplies all our needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19 and comes by a daily, personal meditation in the Word of God, and by much fervent prayer. Psalm 1:2,3; John 15:7; James 5:16. Just how each member puts his faith into practice is to be a personal thing under the direction of the Holy Spirit, which is always in conjunction with the Holy Scriptures and never contrary. We do not approve of the financial schemes, antics, wholesale solicitations, and gimmicks used by many today which are nothing but fleshly methods not based upon Bible principles. Our weapons are not to be carnal (worldly-fleshly) but mighty through God…which in turn…will bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (II Cor. 10:4,5). We seek to utilize the spiritual weapons of: Prayer – Matthew 9:37,38; Waiting – Isaiah 40:31; Fasting – Acts 13:2,3; and the Spirit’s Power – I Cor. 2:4,5
The Mission allows freedom to the missionary as long as he does not do anything that is contrary to Holy Scripture. The Mission assumes no financial responsibility for projects on the field that the missionary may feel led to propagate.
Each member missionary is to be responsible unto God and is to seek the leadership of the Holy Spirit in everything and keep in consideration that He (the Holy Spirit) will not lead us to be inconsiderate of methods that may differ from ours. – Luke 9:49,50
This is a work of faith. Although not inclusive there are two points that partially explain what a “faith” mission is. First, a “faith” mission is NOT the arm of a denomination and is NOT guaranteed support by an association or a convention of churches. It depends rather on the voluntary support of each autonomous local church. And since a “faith” mission is not supported by the unified budget of a denomination, the missionary appointee must raise his support by deputation and trust the Lord to provide through His people.
Each member missionary of the Independent Baptist Indian Mission trusts God to supply his need, not only for support on the field, but for equipment, transportation and all other items of expense. As God supplies the equipment, transportation and maintenance through churches or individuals, the missionary is then ready to go to the field.
Please make all checks and money orders payable to the Independent Baptist Indian Mission indication the missionary family you wish to receive the funds. These gifts are tax deductible. Every gift is conscientiously receipted, recorded and used as designated after a small handling fee is retained for office expenses.
The ministries of the Independent Baptist Indian Mission include, but are not limited to evangelical mission work, establishing indigenous churches, educational training, training of Indian pastors and workers and printing and distributing Gospel literature.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- Pray fervently for the Mission and the missionaries. This should be your greatest contribution. John 16:24
- Read the missionary prayer letters. Correspond with them.
- Surrender to God’s call and go to the field He indicates.
- Have a Missions Conference in your church.
- Give financially that others may hear the Gospel through a missionary, a native pastor or worker or through other ministries of this Mission.
PRAYING FOR MISSIONARIES
Workers on mission fields do not want or need pity – but desperately need your prayers. Talk to missionaries and you will find they have this in common: an unshakeable confidence in the power of prayer – the prayer of people back home. Praying for them is the simplest thing you can do for them. Sometimes it is the easiest to forget.
Here are some principles to guide you in becoming a real missionary prayer warrior.
1. Find out all you can about the missionary for whom you are praying. Missionaries are individuals with individual personalities. They serve on varied fields each having its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Remember this when you pray.
2. Pray regularly. Do not wait for some heart tugging story to stimulate you to prayer.
3. Be specific in your prayer. “Lord bless all the missionaries” is not enough. Write and ask the missionary what his needs are. Often you may be able to meet them! Do not expect the more intimate problems that characterize the mission field to make the pages of the prayer letter.
4. Try to anticipate needs. Think of the spiritual problems that plague you. Perhaps they are bothering the missionary. If you wait until you hear of a need, often it is past.
5. Be persistent and persevering in prayer. When you pray for something that requires a specific answer – do not stop until you know the answer has come.
Pray for the following: For victory over mental stagnation caused by lack of time for reading and study: for freshness in prayer and Bible teaching in the absence of an inspired preacher of the Word nearby to offer a spiritual “refresher”; for guidance in how to present the Gospel to some person with whom the missionary may have fleeting contact; for deliverance from the temptation of pride as the native sometimes looks up to the missionary as the last word in knowledge and Christian example; for wisdom in relations with other missionaries; for strength to overcome the temptations of loneliness; and for understanding in dealing wisely with the native pastors and workers, many of whom are assuming the leadership of the churches. Most missionaries do not feel sorry for themselves. Nevertheless, they are doing a work especially commanded by Christ. The “enemy” will do all he can to frustrate this work. Pray for the missionaries unceasingly as well as victoriously.