I loved reading this book, The Great Omission: Fulfilling Christ’s Commission Completely.
(1) It was written by a man I admire, Steve Saint: a man who lost his father, Nate Saint, as a martyr in Ecuador, then lived with & was even baptized by the same men that killed his father.
(2) It was a riveting read, hearing his experiences with the Waodani tribe.
(3) He grapples with the real-life issues of world-evangelization by planting indigenous churches in every unreached people group. And he did so from a perspective of both American and indigenous cultures.
- "In a tragic irony, the sacrificial efforts of many believers on
behalf of the Waodani almost destroyed the very church those dedicated
believers labored to plant. (pp.17-18)
- (My Note — WHOA! He’s got my attention…)
- "However, the possibility that UNDER-funding can work to the BENEFIT of a mission by forcing it to entrust responsibility to indigenous believers at the earliest possible time is almost never discussed." (p.134)
- (My Note — Now he’s got my mind spinning. As I look back, I can see that’s been true at Grace too. As we’ve grown, we’ve been continually trying to catch up to the growth-curve, but been forced to have a smaller paid staff than similar-sized churches. Ironically, God’s used it to help us engage volunteers in a way we wouldn’t have otherwise.)