Why International Extension Schools?
A New View of Mission Work
Training men from foreign countries in the States, often doesn't work
Over the years we have found that bringing men to the United States to train them typically doesn't work. After two years of living in our country, they don't want to go back to their own. As they adapt to our culture, their desire to return to their own seems to diminish. There certainly have been some successes in doing this, but they are more the exception than the rule.
Training men in their native culture resolves this problem. Working with mission-minded churches in the U.S., we have helped them provide preaching training in these foreign countries. These Extension Schools allow a man to stay connected with his countrymen, and many times stay active in the church where he lives. Without the culture shock of moving to the States, these men get right to work learning to preach and evangelize. Many times they put this training to work immediately in their own culture while they study.
Placing an individual or family in the field often does not produce the desired results
Sending an individual or family to work in a foreign country as missionaries has also had mixed results overall. Often times, the work does well while the missionary remains in the field, but as soon as he leaves, the church that is left behind falls apart. We see it time and time again.