We choose to focus our efforts primarily on unreached people groups within the 10/40 window - where Christ has not yet been made famous. In every nation that we work in, we partner wholly with the indigenous, national church on the ground. This means that in Nepal, we work 100% through Nepali peoples - in India, we work 100% through Indian believers. In the Middle East, we work 100% through locals who speak the local languages and dialects, understand the culture, and understand the most effective ways to administer the gospel according to culture and norms. We believe in raising up the national church to reach their own people with the gospel in the mother tongue. As an organization, we are simply a segue, a launching pad, a bridge, a platform to connect what God is doing in America to what God is doing in the nations.
We empower local leaders because we believe that they have what it takes to reach their nation with the gospel best - we want to champion and equip them to do that. This is where Illuminate Nations comes in: we develop organic partnerships with locals who are already burning - already passionate - already have dreams conjured up in their hearts to make a difference but who have no outside support. We come alongside these people and empower them by asking the question, "what is the dream God has laid on your heart?" Some of our partners resound, "Children's home! I want to start a children's home," while others say "I feel that I am supposed to work with the pastors in my village to trek to the high Himalayas to church plant" or "I want to develop sustainability clinics to provide relief to the refugees in my city!" No matter the dream laid on our partners' hearts, we want to help bridge the gap between mere "dream" into "reality!"
We are a small team of passionate lovers of Jesus who have been compelled by Jesus to carry the gospel to the farthest corners of the earth - until the whole world hears. Our team takes the Great Commission seriously and as an overflow of the .... we want to see Jesus made famous in the earth by empowering + equipping the indigenous church while also catalyzing + mobilizing the church in America.
How We Work
We invest the money we raise into indigenous partners with years of experience to build sustainable, locally-managed projects around the world. Our team works closely to ensure that every dollar is accounted for and then provides reports back to our donors. Learn about our approach, the solutions we fund and our partners on the ground.