An informational blog from our Communications Department:
On the field of Papua New Guinea we have around 350 active missionary members. Those missionaries come from fourteen different passport countries to work together to plant thriving churches in the unreached people groups of Papua New Guinea. Seventy-four percent of the team here comes from the US, while the second highest percentage, 10.5 %, come from Germany. Other nationalities represented are: Albanian, Australian, Belgian, British, Canadian, Danish, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Korean, Mexican, New Zealand, Norwegian, South African, and Swiss.
Each of these missionaries were trained and sent out by what is called a “sending organization” either in their passport country or one representing their passport country. These sending organizations partner with training centers and field locations, like Papua New Guinea, to send those who have been equipped to the locations where the gospel is most needed.
In the United States, many students attend Ethnos360 Bible Institute in Waukesha, Wisconsin or more recently online through EBI Online. They then attend the Ethnos360 Training in Camdenton, Missouri and are sent to the field by Ethnos360. For Canadians, the training takes place in Durham, Ontario at Ethnos Training and they’re sent to the field by Ethnos Canada. North Cotes College in Lincolnshire, England is the European Bible College and Missionary Training Centre and those sent by Ethnos Germany, Ethnos Netherlands, and New Tribes Mission UK would most often pursue their equipping there. In South Africa the training is done through a correspondence course, and the missionaries are sent to the field by Integral Vision. Mexico also has a training center and sending organization, Misión Pro-Indígena Mexico
All of these training centers, sending organizations and missionaries work together as partners with the ultimate goal of seeing maturing churches planted that will continue to multiply. There are 32 sending and receiving entities that comprise the network we call Global Partners.