"A Native (American) Approach to Foreign Missions," a very interesting article by Kate Tracy published March 13, 2014, by Christianity Today, shows that missionaries from indigenous backgrounds may be the key to reaching many peoples with the Christian message around the world.
The article discusses the recent great success of missionary work in the Mayan village of Chan Chen, Mexico, after years of failure. Tracy tells how, despite a steady stream of missionary activity, almost no one in the area had become Christian. When Native Americans were invited to help in the area, however, things changed and the village now boasts a church of 200 members.
The article shows this is not an isolated case and that missions are increasingly trying to send Native American missionaries to other indigenous groups worldwide, as this is working well for a number of reasons. One reason is that "Native people typically are not unfamiliar with pain and suffering and injustice, with what it looks like to be poor." You can read a preview of the article online here.