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Persecution Update, June 2018 - TAJIKISTAN

Photo Courtesy of World Watch Monitor

Photo Courtesy of World Watch Monitor

The Muslim nation of Tajikistan has recently amended its religion law to assert total control over all religious matters. Churches must fill out detailed questionnaires about their activities and also include a list of the foreign organizations from which they receive funding. Cameras are to be installed in churches, so the government can monitor the people and the preaching.

In July of 2017 Bakhrom Khomatov, a 42-year-old Protestant pastor, was sentenced to three years in prison for allegedly “singing extremist songs in church” and inciting “religious hatred.” The secret police also designated his Christian books as “extremist material” and disbanded the church. His wife, Gulnora, has suffered health issues since her husband’s arrest. Please pray for God’s special grace for Pastor Khomatov and Gulnora so that they will shine as lights for Christ in the darkness.

Persecution Update, December 2017: ERITREA

The tiny country of Eritrea ranks as the world’s tenth-harshest persecutor of Christians. Dire economic conditions and government oppression have earned that nation the title, “North Korea of Africa,” and its citizens have been fleeing the country for years. Eritrea’s official religions are Sunni Islam and three government-approved Christian denominations—Catholic, Orthodox, and Lutheran.  Independent congregations are illegal, and evangelical Christians—who number slightly more than 100,000—are suffering.  In 2017, more than 200 evangelical Christians were arrested—including mothers taken away from their small children. These believers endure barbaric conditions in concentration camps, where they are being housed in crowded metal shipping containers with no ventilation in extreme heat. Fikadu Debesay, a young mother of three, died in August while interned in a desert camp. Some believers have spent more than ten years in the concentration camps. Yet, “God is working mightily; the church is growing,” said an Eritrean church elder.  Pray for sustaining grace for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Eritrea who suffer for the Gospel’s sake.

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Don't forget! 25th ANNIVERSARY SALE on Dispatches from the Front DVDs

We are continuing our 25th anniversary sale of the complete set of Dispatches from the Front DVDs! All 10 episodes are available through December 31, 2017, for $75 with free Media Mail shipping.

These would make great Christmas gifts! To order at this special price, you can purchase online at www.frontlinemissions.info/store/.

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

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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.

"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

 

 

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.

Frontline Announces NEXT Program

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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 and mid-August 2015.
  • NEXT: China is a 2-year field experience, beginning August 2015.

Who Can Participate?

  • Active in a local church
  • Agree with FMI’s Statement of Faith
  • At least two years of higher education (some NEXT programs may require a 4-year degree and/or other requirements.)
  • 20-35 years old
  • Good health
  • Previous attendance at Frontline Experience (FX) conference (preferred, see below)

The cost for NEXT varies from program to program, but costs will generally be between $3500 and $5000. This will include airfare, ground transportation, food, lodging, and all field activities. Expenses for passport, immunizations, as well as money for personal items are not included in this amount.

For a FAQ sheet or to apply, email fx@frontlinemissions.info or call 864-451-5550 (please specify which NEXT program you are interested in).  Applications for all 2015 programs are due by February 1, 2015.

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. FX-WILDS-email

Dispatches DVD 3-Day Sale: July 22-24, 2014 at WTSBooks.com

For three days, WTSBooks.com will be hosting a special Dispatches from the Front DVD sale! From Tuesday through Thursday, July 22-24, 2014, the newest episode ("Day of Battle") will be on sale for $5! And the set of 1-7 will be only $45! Take advantage of these special prices!

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Don't forget to check out the newest episode's "Day of Battle" Premiere Dates and Locations here. We hope to see you there!

"Day of Battle" Premieres!

Making of DFF7 w cover - post to blog Premiere Dates, Times and Locations in the Greenville, South Carolina area:

"Day of Battle," Episode 7 in the Dispatches from the Front DVD series, is set to premiere at six area churches on back-to-back Sundays, July 20th and 27th! We hope you will be able to attend! Or you can purchase your own copy at www.dispatchesfromthefront.org, beginning July 19th.

July 20, 2014:

o   North Hills Community Church, 4952 Edwards Road, Taylors, SC 29687 – all three services:

8:30 AM, 10:45 AM, and 5 PM

o   Heritage Bible Church, 2005 Old Spartanburg Road, Greer, SC 29650 – 9:30 AM

o   Hampton Park Baptist Church, 875 State Park Road, Greenville, SC 29609 – 5:30 PM

July 27, 2014:

o   Suber Road Baptist Church, 445 South Suber Road, Greer, SC  29650 –5 PM

o   Community Baptist Church, 643 South Suber Road, Greer, SC 29650 – 6 PM

o   Calvary Baptist Church, 3810 Grandview Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29680 – 6 PM

 

View the "Day of Battle" Trailer here:

Dispatches from the Front goes to North Africa to people upon whom Christ has long set His sovereign love. From the martyrs of the early church in Carthage to the bold believers across North Africa today, Gospel advance there has always been marked by fear and faith, joy and risk, life and death. Follow the trail of Christians who are sowing the Word of the Cross and reaping its joyful harvest! From the birthplace of Arab Spring and its all-out assault on Christians to unreached cities on the edge of the Sahara, Day of Battle, goes to the front line, where the Gospel is extending the boundaries of Christ’s Kingdom and faithful men and women are taking up David’s praise in Psalm 140, “O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle.”

Also included on this DVD is Dispatches: ProloguePrologue is Tim Keesee’s spiritual journey—a restless writer’s travels set against a backdrop of world events that led him to the greatest story of all—the story of the bloody-Sacrifice-turned-Risen-King Who is transforming lives from “every tribe and language and people and nation.” As Tim wrote, “I could never have imagined the world I wanted to explore was just a window to my King’s saving work!”