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The Case for Non-Professional Missionaries (Roland Allen, 1929)

The only missionary who is manifestly and unquestionably a non-professional missionary is the man who has no connection with a society [agency] which sends out professional missionaries; and Christian young men in increasing numbers are inclining to take up that position. 

They see the ambiguity in the position of the men [financially] supported by the societies, and they shun it. They see that the connection between preaching the Gospel and earning a living is a dangerous one; they see that the communication of a secret life is not a proper subject for payment… 

They feel that missionary work is essentially a work dealing with souls, and that in dealing with souls not only disinterestedness [in finances] but manifest disinterestedness is essential…. They feel that there is something nauseous in offering to others a way of life in Christ except on terms which wholly preclude any possibility that they are seeking anything whatsoever except the other man’s salvation.

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