After leaving China, Dr. Robert Finley, a YFC speaker and founder of International Students preached to crowds in Taiwan.
It was 1948 and a Youth for Christ missionary and colleague of Billy Graham, Dr. Robert Finley
was in China and then Korea, preaching the gospel to crowds in excess of 15,000, fulfilling the missionary desire the Lord had placed in his heart.
(rt) and World Vision, Bob Pierce (left)preached together in a mighty spiritual awakening which swept Korea in early 1950.
, saw that the native Christian leaders of each country-believers who spoke the language, knew the customs, and lived with the people they were trying to reach-were completely capable of evangelizing the lost and taking the gospel to their corners of the earth.
returned to North America, determined to arouse the churches about the effectiveness of indigeous missions.
Citing Acts 2:5-11 and 8:1-4, he
said the best way to plant a Christian witness in closed countries was to reach people from foreign lands when they were away from home, then, when they return to serve Christ in their homelands, we must get behind them with intercessory prayer and financial assistance.
How the Ministry Began
To meet this goal, Dr. Finley started International Students, Inc. (ISI) in 1953 in Washington, DC.
At the same time, he
began a division of ISI that was charged with providing financial assistance for indigenous ministries in poorer countries.
Dawson Trotman,leader of the Navigators,seen here with Bob Finley
in 1951,was one of the co-founders of the original mission work.