1. To proclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by supporting and motivating churches to prepare and send indigenous missionaries throughout the sub-region of West Africa.
  2. To host and organise seminars, workshops and meetings.
  3. To network with churches and other non-profit organizations, both inside and outside The Gambia.
  4. To provide a Biblical education to trainees so they will become effective indigenous missionaries.
  5. To provide training in practical skills for income generation.
  6. To support missions and ministries to unreached areas in West Africa by providing those organisations with placement and resources.
  7. To support and prepare church-planters in West Africa.
  8. To support churches in the fulfilment of their goals in mission.

In view of “discipleship in the context of the local church,” IM is simply doing what should be done at this stage in the process – it’s high time for Gambians to take over the job that missionaries have been doing. As Gambians take over preaching, teaching and evangelism, they should first of all focus on reaching their own people, since Jesus said, “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8) Missions always starts at home (it is local), and then it becomes global.

Jesus said, “go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” (Mark 5:19). And he also said, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15) “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). This shows that God planned for both foreign missionaries (like Paul sent to the Gentiles) and indigenous missionaries. God accomplishes his purposes by making us strong, despite our weaknesses.) One goes before the other, and the best thing is for missionaries to step back and take on a supportive role, as the nationals (Africans) take the lead.

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