It is a thrill to discover a few missionaries who catch the vision to use Paul’s method of church planting even before they set foot on the soil of a primitive people group. In 1944, Frank and Marie Drown felt called by God to reach a tribal people called the Jivaros. “They caught the vision of planting an indigenous church in a primitive tribe: a church that would be self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating. A missionary’s chief goal should be to establish churches – indigenous churches that would be self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating.” (1)
What was the result of this vision 74 years after they went to Ecuador? 10% of the Jivaros tribe are Christians today! Consider that these people were head-shrinkers, violent warring people, and the approach was the right one and a biblical one.
You may not be a missionary, but the principles that led the Drowns, also impact every area of any Christian and church. If you were to condense these three principles down to one word, it would be “maturity”. Spiritual maturity is the Spirit’s goal for ever believer (Ephesians 4:11-16).
(1) Frank and Marie Drown, Mission to the Head-Hunters, Harper & Row, 1961, pgs. Ix, 8.
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