25th Anniversary Celebration

This is a big year at Frontline as we celebrate the mission’s 25th anniversary.  As part of that milestone, we released the 10th episode in the Dispatches series, and Caroline Cobb helped us produce a music video to mark the occasion.  Her song, “All the Stars” (about God’s promise to Abraham), provides the backdrop for a panorama from the Dispatches series, highlighting the faithfulness of God in fulfilling His promise of blessing through the Gospel! 

And as part of the year’s 25th anniversary celebration, we are making the complete set of all 10 episodes available at a special sale price of $75 – and free shipping – from now until December 31.

Persecution Update, October 2017: QATAR

The tiny Muslim nation of Qatar is located on the Persian Gulf with a population about the size of Houston, Texas. The native Qatari populace comprises only 12%, while the vast majority is composed of low-income migrant workers from the Philippines, India and Pakistan who work in construction and in the oil industry. The national religion is Wahhabism - the ultraconservative form of Islam. Any attempt to evangelize Muslims is forbidden by law. Approximately 14% of the population professes to be Christians, but they are almost exclusively found among the foreign migrant workers. Very few native Qataris have actually been converted to Christ. Persecution of Christians is severe with Qatar ranking #20 among nations that oppress Christians. Please pray for the Gospel’s advance among indigenous Qataris and for grace for new converts to find fellowship among other believers.

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Persecution Update, September 2017: Kenya

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Although 82% of the population of Kenya self-identify as Christians, Kenya ranks 18th on the list of countries that are the worst persecutors of Christians. Kenya’s 10-15% Muslim minority is growing and becoming radicalized. The Al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabbab, which is based in neighboring Somalia, has been attacking Christians in eastern Kenya. In August, three Kenyan Christians in eastern Lamu County were beheaded when they refused to deny Christ by reciting the Islamic prayer of faith. One of the men was Joseph Kasena, age 42, who was an elder in his church. In July, al-Shabbab militants raided a village and went door-to-door looking for Christians. Seven Christian men—all poor farmers—were brutally killed by the attackers. In 2015, al-Shabbab terrorists killed 148 Christian students at Garrisa University near Kenya’s Somali border, and in 2016, the same group of militants murdered 48 Christians in Lamu County who could not recite Quaranic verses. Please pray for special grace for suffering Kenyan believers and their families who endure torture and death for their faith in Christ.

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"COMPLETE YOUR SET" SALE on Dispatches from the Front DVDs

Now is your opportunity to complete your set!  If you are missing any of the episodes - or just want to purchase some of your favorites to give as gifts - we are having a  special sale just for you.

Through September 15, any episode of the Dispatches from the Front DVD series is only $10 -- with free USPS Media Mail shipping!  Shop online at our website, on Amazon, or at Christian Book Distributors

Beware of watching these Dispatches if you don't like being moved and inspired and shaken out of the ruts of your life.  My wife and I were riveted in watching the frontline reports of God's work recorded in the Dispatches from the Front series.  This is the sort of information that builds faith in the present providence of God over His mission and stirs up action for the sake of lost and hurting people near and far.  I would love to see thousands of people mobilized as senders and goers for the sake of the glory of Christ and the relief of suffering on the frontiers, especially eternal suffering.   - Dr. John Piper

 

 

Persecution Updates: PRAISE REPORT

UPDATE on August 2017 Persecution Update

We received word that Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, Vietnam, was released from prison! We praise the Lord for this answer to prayer and wanted to let you know so you could rejoice with him and his family. You can learn more about his release here

 

UPDATE on July 2017 Persecution Update

We praise the Lord we can share the good news that Maryam Naghash Zargaran has been released from prison in Iran! You can learn more here. We rejoice in this development and are grateful for your prayers. Please continue to pray for Maryam's physical and emotional recovery from her time in prison and for other Iranian sisters and brothers who are suffering for their faith.
 

Persecution Update, August 2017: Vietnam

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Vietnam is one of five remaining Communist nations—China, Cuba, Laos, and North Korea are the others—and it ranks among the Top 20 countries for persecution of Christians. The minority Christians, who are less than 10% of the population, are increasingly oppressed and attacked for following Jesus. House churches are raided by government officials, and pastors are often jailed. In 2011 Nguyen Cong Chinh, a 50-year-old Lutheran pastor, was charged with “undermining national solidarity” because of his work with tribal groups in the Central Highlands and was given an 11-year sentence. In prison Pastor Chinh has been beaten, his Bible has been confiscated, and he has been kept in isolation. Furthermore, authorities have contaminated his food and denied him needed medical treatment. His wife—and mother of five—has also been interrogated and beaten. Please pray that God would give special grace to Pastor Chinh and his family as they follow Christ in the pathway of suffering.

 

Amazon Prime Day Sale on Dispatches DVD's

For a limited time, Dispatches from the Front DVDs are $12 each or $40 for a boxed set of five when you purchase from Frontline Missions International on Amazon!  Sale ends July 12.  (Available boxed sets are Episodes 1-5 or 6-10.)

You can also help out Frontline Missions by choosing FMI as your AmazonSmile organization. For more information and to sign up, visit Amazon here.

Persecution Update, July 2017: Iran

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The Islamic Republic of Iran is among the top 10 worst countries for persecuting Christians. Despite that fact, the Gospel is powerfully at work in that country, especially among younger Iranians. There are now an estimated one million evangelical believers, but scores of these Christians have been imprisoned for their faith and subjected to very harsh conditions. Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a single woman in her late 30s, converted to Christ out of Islam. In 2013 she was arrested because of her ministry among orphans and falsely charged with endangering national security. Maryam has a serious heart condition along with other serious health issues. Iranian authorities grudgingly allowed her to be hospitalized in 2016, but her health continues to deteriorate. Though she was due to be released later this year, the government extended her sentence because of her time in the hospital. Please intercede for Maryam, asking the Lord for a special sense of His presence as she endures suffering for Christ’s sake.  

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Persecution Update, June 2017: Ethiopia

Although Ethiopia has a long-standing reputation as a Christian nation, there has been a rise in persecution of its evangelical Christian community, which makes up 20% of the population. With Islam comprising approximately one-third of the population, radical Muslims from neighboring Somalia and the Middle East have targeted Ethiopia for “Islamization.” Just recently in a Muslim-dominated part of the country, three teenage girls were sentenced to spend one month in prison among adult criminals for distributing Christian literature. This past March there were eleven cases of attacks by Muslims against some 250 Christians. Furthermore, though the nation’s constitution advocates religious freedom, the influential Ethiopian Orthodox Church persecutes the growing evangelical house church movement. Please pray for grace and boldness for believers in Ethiopia as well as for continued blessing and Gospel-impact of Frontline’s Oromo Bible Project.

Persecution Update, May 2017: Malaysia

Malaysia has prided itself in being a moderate Muslim nation. However, in recent years efforts towards the full Islamization of Malaysia have been underway, and official law mandates punishment for apostasy if a Muslim converts to another religion. In February 2017, Malaysian Pastor Raymond Koh, age 62, was kidnapped on a public road by masked men near Kuala Lumpur. The kidnapping was captured on video, but no one has seen or heard from Pastor Koh since. Pastor Koh faithfully ministered for years to the poor and to drug addicts and provided free education to children. In 2011 government officials questioned Pastor Koh after he was accused of trying to convert Muslims to Christianity. The case was dismissed for lack of evidence, but many Christians think that the authorities are now not doing enough to find Pastor Koh because he is a Christian. Christians comprise less than 10% of the population of Malaysia. Please pray for Pastor Koh and his family during this difficult and uncertain time.