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Should I give gifts or money to the natives?

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Unless you are the lead pastor of your church working directly with the field missionary or the leader of the national work, all funding for national work should go through the trip leader to be left with the field missionary or the missionary’s organization. To you, $10 may not be very much, but it could be the equivalent of a month’s salary to a national. We have to be careful not to create expectations for the nationals that all foreign missionaries are there to give them money. This can not only corrupt the nationals but hinder the work of propagating the Gospel.

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