Miller, Duane Alexander. 2009. ‘Cracks in the Foundation of Islam?’ in St Francis Magazine, Vol 5:3, pp 110-117.
I am specifically reacting to (and disagreeing with) a portion of the ‘Camel Training Manual‘ in this article.
Here I challenge the idea that more missionaries is, in and of itself, better:
Increasing Missionary Force: I agree with the author that many more people are considering missionary work in the Muslim World than ever before. But there are still some very real concerns: missionaries are like other professionals, meaning that today there is a real possibility of changing careers after a few years. Is it really better to have five missionaries who are learning Arabic and getting familiar with the local culture and who will leave after five years than to have one missionary who has mastered the language and spent many years in the region? It is an error to assume that more is better; indeed sometimes more is not better, as inexperienced short-term missionaries can at times create more trouble than benefit. I would also point out that the now-popular short-term missions are a very resource-intensive (i.e., expensive) form of ministry that is generally speaking not a good fit for the Muslim world. It is one thing to send folks to build a church in Mexico, it is another to send them to Morocco or Jordan or Pakistan.