When the Garridos, missionaries from the Philippines, moved into an apartment in Taiwan, they met their landlady, Amy.
A week later, Amy stopped by. They couldn’t really communicate with each other yet, but Amy looked around the apartment and seemed pleased.
Amy rang their doorbell the next day. And the next.
That’s when the Garridos called a friend to translate.
When Amy dropped in the next day, they were ready. Amy immediately started talking quickly in Mandarin. Their friend translated: “What is your secret? This is my apartment and it was not like this before. Since you moved in, something changed. I can sense peace and joy. But the moment I go out, the peace and joy are gone! So, please, tell me your secret!”
The Garridos told Amy their secret: Jesus living in them. They shared the gospel with Amy, who carefully listened. It took time—time spent discussing Amy’s hesitations, studying English, reading the Word together — but eventually, Amy committed her life to Christ.
The Garridos represent SEND’s intentional commitment to developing a multiethnic and multinational missions force. We understand that it takes people from all nations to reach all nations. But sometimes the economic disparities between countries can seem daunting and personally raising enough support can seem like an unrealistically long process.
SEND’s Global Worker Initiative helps cross-cultural missionaries from low-income countries cover some of their mission-speci c expenses. Without the help of the GWI, potential missionaries like the Garridos would be stuck raising support instead of making disciples and establishing reproducing churches.