A New Approach in Mission Work
Training Men in Their Native Country
For decades we have sent families into the mission field to reach foreign cultures with the Gospel. These efforts have had mixed results at best. Many works thrive as long as the missionaries stay in the field, but as soon as they return home the work they leave behind crumbles.
As a brotherhood, we have also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring men to the States to be trained expecting them to return to their countries and evangelize. This has also had mixed results as once these men spend two or three years in the United States, they don't want to return to their home countries. If they do return, they often want to live much like they did while they were in the States. Obviously, this poses many problems.
At Bear Valley, We take a different approach to these problems - we train preachers in their native country. Working with congregations throughout the brotherhood, preaching schools have been established in many foreign countries with more on the way. We train men to be preachers and evangelists while they live within their own communities and culture. They become the preachers and missionaries to their own people. No culture shock, no dependence on American missionaries.