The AVM (Alliance for Vulnerable Mission), that in early 2009 held eight regional conferences in the USA and Europe, wrote recently to express its opinion that, whenever possible, outreach should be conducted in the local national language whenever possible. It ensures that people being reached remain free to use familiar categories in important debates, forcing the outside missionary rather than locals onto difficult cultural learning curves. Ministries developed without start-up money are more likely to be locally ‘owned.’ For more information on this vital new approach to mission write to

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