There are 400,000 Christian missionaries in the world, only about 3% go to the unreached tribes. That means there are only 13,000 foreign missionaries going to 3 billion lost souls. 42% of the world is made up of unreached tribes (Radical.net, Great Commission Statistics that Should Concern Us, by David Platt).
Raising Up and Sending Indigenous Missionary Teams
There are many advantages to raising up indigenous missionaries:
- Often, they are more fruitful than foreign missionaries.
- They have sustainability. Throughout history foreign missionaries have been removed for various reasons. It is essential that if missionaries are removed that the indigenous will continue to bring the gospel, of our Lord, to the people so that the church will continue to grow and strengthen. Our goal is to create independence and not dependance.
- Often the indigenous missionaries know the culture, food and national language.
- Indigenous missionaries are far less expensive than foreign missionaries.
- The common sufferings and hardships of the region are a normal part of their existence. Sufferings such as the environment, lack of medical care, disease, hunger, poverty, and no electricity can devastate foreign missionaries.
- The indigenous can easily assimilate and not stand out. They are not looked on with suspicion. Many missionaries are not able to assimilate. Often, they are not able to live at the standard of the people, while the indigenous are able.
- Foreign missionaries are limited in number, indigenous missionaries are limitless.
These verses remind me of the strength and ability of the indigenous missionary:
“Four things on earth are small,
yet they are extremely wise:
Ants are creatures of little strength,
yet they store up their food in the summer;
hyraxes are creatures of little power,
yet they make their home in the crags;
Locusts have no king,
yet they advance together in ranks;
a lizard can be caught with the hand,
yet it is found in kings’ palaces.” Proverbs 30:24-28
Indigenous missionaries should not be looked on as small, second rate or weak. They can do what foreign missionaries are unable to do. Wordsower Africa trains and sends indigenous missionary teams into the unreached tribes.
Church Roofs Continue to be Completed
New fellowships meet under trees and tarps:
Roofs are constructed for the maturing new churches:
We continue to disciple the new congregation. Their responsibility is the walls, doors, windows and seating. Notice, for now, they are using bed sheets for the walls:
Testimonies of Disciples
(These testimonies are original. They have been lightly edited.)
We define passion as willing to suffer and die for a cause greater than ourselves. In the testimonies below, you will feel the spirit of their passion. Each of those who go on mission do it with passion. They go in true sacrifice, suffering and risk.
From our team in Sierra Leone:
“Making the gospel available to every person for the glory of God. Our trip was very hard as we went to a new unreached town. We had to transport our bikes across a fast-flowing river. It was not easy. Be in prayer with us as we sacrifice for the gospel.”
From our Lofa County base (They call themselves the base of no delay):
“The base of no delay always finds a strategy to keep the gospel moving. We are soldiers united to reach the unreached and find the lost at all costs. We go as led by the Spirit of God through Jesus Christ. God help us as we Advance!!!
“The churchless town of **** has given birth to a great house church. They have received a three-day leadership training and are willing to lead the church. Jesus is Lord! Many have been converted. Your prayers and support are needed for the new converts to have a place of worship. A roof over their heads.”
Our on-site leaders and the donations of churches and individuals from abroad are bringing in a great harvest. We need the unity of us all, His Church, to accomplish our Lord’s command to reach the world. Thank you for your active love and faith. Thank you for sacrificing with us. We need additional monthly donors. Please pray about participating with us financially.
In my last report I stated: “Only 1 of every 209,086 Christian missionaries go to the unreached tribes.”
That was a mistake. I interpreted it wrong. The corrected interpretation is “Only 1 missionary goes to the unreached tribes for every 209,086 Christians.” Sorry for the mistake!
Participate with us in praise and prayer:
- Praise: I, Kim Smith, have returned to Liberia
- Praise: We continue to advance into the strongholds of Satan without serious persecution.
- Pray: Against the plans and advancement of the jihadists.
- Pray: For increased donations so that we may continue to advance into unreached tribes.
- Pray: For our indigenous missionary teams, that they will continue to fearlessly, boldly and sacrificially advance the gospel.
- Pray: As we prepare to create and send another indigenous missionary team to the Muslim unreached tribes of Sierra Leone.
- Pray: For us we march into and live within the strongholds of Satan to, “snatch others from the fire and save them.” Jude 1:23.
- Pray: “Finally, our friends, pray for us that the Lord's message may continue to spread rapidly and be received with honor, just as it was among you. Pray also that God will rescue us from wicked and evil people; for not everyone believes the message.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2.
New Information about Donations:
100% of all donations go to the mission. None is used for administration. Tax-deductible receipts will be sent each January. Kim Smith is fully self-funded; no donations are used for his support.
We have formed a new 501c3 tax deductible organization. Woodside Bible Church has allowed us to use their 501c3 until we had formed our own. Donations can still be received the former way.
Please make checks payable to Wordsower Africa and mail to:
P.O. Box 1112
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
For questions or problems with donations contact our board treasurer:
Bryan Bame: (248) 971-3650.
Kim Smith’s contact information is:
WhatsApp - +231-8813-44417
Signal app - +231-7757-89662
In September We Did:
4 - Countries (Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Guinea and Liberia)
7 – Bases: 4 in Liberia, 1 in Sierra Leone, 1 in Ivory Coast, 1 in Guinea
26 - Total counties we ministered in
257 - Total communities/villages/towns/cities we ministered in
53 - Churches we visited and worked with
151 - Total mission trips
95 - Persons were baptized
694 - Public confessions of Christ and prayers for salvation
55 - WBI attended Level 2, 2-week, training in Liberia
521 - Attended our 1-3 days workshops in several locations.
5,326 - Viewed the Jesus Film, 31 locations and 42 times shown.
4 - Community Radio stations broadcasting on
17 - Dental patients, 25 teeth pulled.
4 - Optical patients
23,400 - Press report, Copies printed, 184 booklets made (English)