Frontline Announces NEXT Program

What’s NEXT? NEXT is the short-term, cross-cultural missions program of Frontline Missions International. These field opportunities range from two months to two years and are designed to provide a realistic “next step” for those exploring long-term Gospel ministry in restricted-access countries. Because of the demands of the ministry and the sensitive nature of Gospel work in these settings, there are a limited number of positions, and the evaluation process is serious. Experienced field personnel will mentor and guide participants to a greater self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses. Immersion in practical missionary experiences is important to replace romanticism with the realism involved in working in an environment often hostile to the Gospel. NEXT will nurture Gospel-centered humility, a deep respect for indigenous brothers and sisters, and encourage bold, Spirit-enabled audacity in the Kingdom’s advance. 2015 Opportunities: NEXT: Africa is a 2-month field experience in North Africa and Ethiopia, taking place between mid-June…

Persecution Update October 2014: Ukraine

Ukraine has long been the freest of the former Soviet republics and has welcomed Western missions activity, but with the Moscow-sponsored fighting in that country, the situation is changing.  The pro-Russian separatists who have invaded eastern and southern Ukraine have demonstrated their loyalty to the Russian Orthodox Church, which views Protestants as a threat to the political order.  Last June in the Donetsk region, rebels tortured and murdered four Christians.  The militants also killed a pastor in Mariupol.  In the eastern region of Lughansk, two Orthodox priests along with armed rebels invaded an evangelical church and ordered everyone to leave so they could take possession of the building.  Increasingly, the rebels have targeted Christians in these two regions for beatings, threats of execution, and seizure of personal and church properties.  Yet, Ukrainian believers have demonstrated acts of mercy by welcoming refugees who have been displaced by the fighting into their…

Persecution Update September 2014: Yemen

Yemen—the size of the state of Texas—is one of the world’s least evangelized countries. This small country in the Arabian Peninsula is also the poorest country in the Middle East. Though Yemen has been beset by wars, civil conflict, and conquest for most of the last century, the one constant factor has been its radical Muslim legal system. The state religion is constitutionally mandated to be Islam. The population is 99.92% Muslim, and evangelizing Muslims is against the law. As a result, there are only about 4,000 evangelical Christians in Yemen—and virtually no indigenous church there. Most of the believers are first generation Christians, who find themselves under constant surveillance. Those who do convert to Christ—which is legally punishable by death—also face the powerful wrath of their “clans.” It is not uncommon for new believers to be kidnapped and killed. There is a great need for healthy fellowship among the…

FX Is Going Global!

FX is going global! At the upcoming weekender at the Wilds, September 19-21, Frontline Missions International will be announcing details of a new program of overseas field experiences for qualified individuals who are planning to pursue restricted-access missions. Space is limited, so if you are interested, please make your plans to be with us that weekend. For details and registration for the FX weekender, go to www.frontlineexperience.org.

Persecution Update August 2014: Burma

Burma has endured civil strife in one of the world’s longest civil wars—almost 50 years.  The military coup renamed the country Myanmar; but the majority Buddhist country is still widely known as Burma.  The minority Christian population includes about 2.5 million evangelical believers, primarily among the Karen and Chin people groups—some of whom are spiritual descendants of Adoniram Judson’s ministry.  These believers live under constant persecution to convert to Buddhism.  One pastor testified that he was told that by 2020 everyone in the country would be Buddhist.  This past May, the President, with the urging of extremist Buddhist groups, began plans to pass a new “Religious Conversion Law” that would require people to obtain government permission to convert to another religion. It would also forbid inter-faith marriages.  Even though international human rights activists have protested such legislation, the government is moving forward with it.  The Gospel’s advance is making inroads…