Sponsoring an IET Missionary…Will Plant a Church
You, as a church or individual, may consider planting a church among the unreached by sponsoring an indigenous missionary. At the end of 7 years, you will see definite physical churches planted because of your partnership.
|Sponsoring an unmarried missionary, |
for one month
|Rs. 2,500 per month||(Rs. 30,000 for one year)|
|Sponsoring a missionary family, |
for one month
|Rs. 4,000 per month||(Rs. 48,000 for one year)|
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of work do field missionaries perform?
Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything i have commanded you …
As an indigenous missionary organization, we train men and women in our Bible schools and churches to send them out to unreached people groups. Many of our missionaries are the only Christians in their tribe or village and once trained, return to their communities to share the Good News of Jesus.
Discipleship involves coming alongside of another, to show in a tangible way what is to be done. Our missionaries do this by traveling to a village, preaching the Gospel, healing the sick, and casting out demons, just as Jesus did. Once a group of new believers forms, church meetings are held in homes or rented rooms. There the converts are discipled through Biblical studies, prayer and practical evangelism. A pioneer church is thus birthed. Those converts who are interested in missionary work are sent to our Bible schools for training.
Baptism is an important part of the ministry, especially in a culture where baptism is viewed by non-believers as the final and decisive act in becoming a Christian. Our missionaries actively baptize those who have chosen to renounce false ways and follow Christ, and then they are established in the local church.
May I send packages or monetary gifts to my missionary?
Delivery systems are unreliable in India. Letters and packages are often opened and theft is common. If the package is sent from outside India, the customs is a hassle and often the duty taxes exceed the worth of the gift. Therefore, it is unadvisable to send packages.
We give each of our missionaries an opportunity to make us aware of any special needs he/she may have, such as medical treatment or evangelistic tools (lamp, bicycle, tracts, Bibles, etc). These needs will appear on the reports sent to you. If you would like to send a financial gift to meet a special need, you are welcome to do so by specifying both the missionary and the purpose for which the gift is given, through your country’s IET representative or directly to us if IET is not yet represented in your country.
What happens if I can no longer send support or the missionary leaves the program?
We understand that sometimes circumstances change, both with missionaries and sponsors. If you wish to discontinue your support, please notify your IET representative as soon as possible. The missionaries care will continue as we actively seek another sponsor for them. Occasionally, a missionary chooses to take a position elsewhere or no longer requires sponsorship. In such cases, we will extend an invitation for you to continue sponsorship by introducing you to another missionary.
How can I be sure that funds I send are spent on the missionary?
We are accountable to God first. IET has since birth maintained highest financial integrity knowing we are stewards of God’s money. Indian law strictly stipulates that funds received by non-profit organizations must be spent on the purpose for which it was designated; so 100% of the money you send for a missionary is spent on that missionary. Two independent auditing firms that are registered with the Indian Government audits the Indian Evangelical Teams accounts annually. Certificates of compliance issued by these firms are available on request. An internal auditing team of IET leaders conduct regular checks also.
What kinds of reports will I receive about my missionary?
Keeping you informed about your adopted missionary is important, and you will receive a minimum of two reports a year – in March/April and October/November. We will make every effort to send reports more frequently, although some missionary stations are quite remote. In such cases, walking to the nearest Post Office (sometimes many miles away) is difficult and once the report is received at our headquarters, it must first be translated from the local language before being sent on to you.
How do I make payments?
You may send monthly sponsorship to the address listed on the cover sheet to this letter. You can send monthly cheques or arrange automatic payments. When ever corresponding with us directly or via our IET country representatives, please include your missionaries ID number (found at the bottom of their photos).
May I write to my missionary?
We encourage you to write letters to your missionary as often as you wish. Please be aware, however, that because our missionaries tend to work in remote locations and our translation resources are limited, that you may not receive a response to each letter. If you wish to write, address the letter to the missionary and send it to the following address:
126 Andheri Modh
Chattarpur Pahari P.O.
When corresponding, be sure to include the missionaries ID number shown on the profile card.
If is often difficult to relate across cultural divides, even to Christian missionaries! We have found the following guidelines helpful in establishing a good relationship between missionary and sponsor.
- You may describe your family, and enquire after the missionary’s own family. You may wish to include a picture of your family.
- It may be best to avoid describing your material possessions in great detail (type of car, size of house, etc)
- You may discuss holidays, favourite pastimes, and the type of work you do.
- It would be wise not to make any financial promises without consulting their regional leader and IET. It is strongly suggested that you relate to your missionary through IET leadership. Direct correspondence and relationships in the past have occasionally caused rebellion among a few workers and a few have even left the ministry because they had become blinded by their greed for money. In this light, giving out your address for direct contact is inadvisable.
- Do mention your relationship with Jesus, and encourage them with scripture and prayer. IET also encourages you to visit the missionary through IET.