Sam and Chelsea Cordell (names changed) recently left 10 years of mission work with the Quichua in Ecuador to start churches among slum dwellers in a South Asian city of 14 million people. Before they left, 18 Quichua Christians committed to help the Cordells spread the gospel in their new location.
"This is an exciting example of what we want to see more and more from the Americas," says Terry Lassiter, an IMB strategist for the American peoples.
"The idea of minority indigenous peoples doing this shows us that the Great Commission task is for all peoples."
"These are experienced and fruitful church planters," says another IMB missionary who will be supervising the Cordells in South Asia.
"This has great potential for the gospel in South Asia," he adds. "We are standing on the threshold of a Great Commission breakthrough."