• TEL International - Texas USA  - Mission Finder

  • TEL International - Texas USA  - Mission Finder

  • TEL International - Texas USA  - Mission Finder

TEL International

At TEL International, we recruit, train, and under gird the ministry of indigenous missionaries that reach out with the love of Jesus Christ by sharing the gospel through holistic ministry that compassionately meets the needs of hurting people, evangelizes the lost, disciples the saved, and establishes new converts into the body of Christ.

Putting our faith into action is at the very heart of our Christian calling to be in mission, and reaching out in mission locally and globally. Regardless of where we are in our spiritual journey, as Christians, we are privileged and at the same time expected to be active participants in God’s mission work in the world. Whether young or aged, rich are poor, man or woman, lay or clergy, we are called by God to serve.

Mission work is about praying, giving, and doing to advance the Kingdom of God here on earth. The world in which we live continues to change dramatically. With more people living in a more complex world, human needs seem more complex and pressing than ever. However, people’s basic physical and spiritual needs are the same today as they have always been. Answer the call today and fulfill Jesus’ mandate to be in mission.

Our History

Elgin and Dorothy Taylor the founders of TEL International, served 55 years in foreign missionary service. Between 1959 and 1982, the Taylors planted the seed of the gospel across the globe, beginning in Okinawa Japan as the first African-American missionaries to the orient where he pastored a Japanese/American bilingual church; taught English as a second language at the University of the Ryukus and assisted his lovely wife Dorothy, at the Okinawa Christian School where she was one of the founding teachers.

In 1964, Elgin and Dorothy Taylor were transferred to Nigeria, W. Africa, but were evacuated to London, England due to the Biafra crisis, where they remained and worked for the next fifteen years. While in London, Elgin Taylor founded a cross-cultural church; a Missionary Bible College; and established a regional mission’s headquarters in Europe where he supervised Christian in Action (CinA) missionaries sent to Europe, Africa, South China, and India. Returning to America, 1980, they worked at the US Center for World Missions, Pasadena, CA with Dr. Ralph Winters. In 1982, Elgin was unanimously elected president of CinA where he managed over 450 missionaries and national leaders. During his tenure, the ministry expanded into 23 countries. He served in this office for 20 years before resigning for health reasons – November 2002. After a brief retirement Elgin and Dorothy founded TEL International – August 1, 2007.

Our Mission

The traditional method of only training and financing American and Western European missionaries is not sufficient in itself to reach the world. A solution to this problem is to support indigenous or native missionaries to work within their own countries and people groups. It has been said that global missions is a very simple endeavor: All that is needed is a man, called of God, sent to the place where God has called him, with the right tools in his hands.

There are countless indigenous missionaries throughout the world who are laboring faithfully in the places where God has sent them, but oftentimes they are greatly hindered by their lack of even the most basic resources. We believe that an important part of our ministry and the Great Commission is to provide these men and women with the resources needed to be effective in ministry and fulfill the calling on their lives. Missionary support is our primary ministry, and the highest percentage of all giving goes directly to these who would “go down into the mine.” Missionaries supported by TEL International are uniquely qualified for this task. They live within reach of the unreached villages and they can disciple their own people; they instinctively recognize cultural norms within which they can contextualize the Gospel message; they know the local language and customs of their own people; they are able to illustrate the Gospel in ways that relate to the life and circumstances of the people they serve, and they understand how to approach their own people with the Gospel.

Contact: Reginald Harris
Organization: TEL International
Phone: 469-523-1396
610 Uptown, Suite 2000
Cedar Hill TX 75101

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