Is there still a need for "foreign missionaries"?
Carol, Jesus gave His “Great Commission five times to His disciples, once each in the Gospels and then in Acts. He told them to go into “all the world” and preach the Gospel in all nations (every ethnic group) to every creature.
In the book of Acts, we see how the disciples began to obey His command. We notice how the Apostle Paul was tireless in his evangelism and founding of churches. In Romans 15 we see how he desires to preach Christ where He had not yet been named.
Since the days of the Apostles, the Gospel has spread throughout the world. Churches have multiplied. However, there are many parts of the world where people have never heard the name of Jesus. They don’t know that there is one God who created the heavens and the earth. They don’t know that God sent His Son to earth to live among us, show us what He is like, and die for our sins. They worship false gods. They need to hear the Gospel and experience the salvation which God desires to give them.
The only way they will hear the Gospel is for people to go and tell them. This is how our ancestors in Europe became Christians, when they were just pagan tribes. This is how the Gospel came to China, Africa, and Latin America. If you want to read more illustrations of how the truth of Jesus reaches people who don’t know Him, read some of the short biographies of cross-cultural missionaries on my other website, “Cloud of Witnesses.”
There are still many places in the world where people need to hear of Jesus. My wife and I have spent over 35 years in Colombia, South America, working first among university students and then teaching in a theological seminary. Many of the students who became Christians would very possibly not have heard the Gospel in a compelling way if we hadn’t obeyed the Lord’s call to us.
I don’t know if this answers your question, Carol. If it doesn’t write me back.