“One of the greatest criticisms of missionary work today is provoked by the amount used for home expenses. I would strongly advise every contributor to find out just what portion of his dollar actually gets to the field, and how much is used for overhead. Surely fifteen percent should be sufficient to take care of the needs at home, and even that should be so designated. If money is given for the foreign field, to the foreign field it should go.
These then are the principles and practices that should govern missionary work. To ignore them is to court disaster. To apply them is to experience the blessing of God.”
Oswald J. Smith, The Challenge of Missions, page 136.
These principles set out in this series by Smith are guidelines and have tremendous value. They may cut across many of our habits and thinking. Let me suggest that before you dismiss them; ask whether they will accelerate the spread of the gospel and have a biblical footing. If they do, use them rigorously!