Dispatches from the Front

“Just as Day Was Breaking” - by Tim Keesee

Dawn on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee

Dawn on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee

Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. . . . That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” (John 21:4, 7)

Last year Frontline Missions released the tenth episode in the Dispatches from the Front film series. It was an important milestone for us. The personal blessings flowing from a decade of reporting on the Gospel’s advance are too numerous to list. Add to those the notes and conversations I’ve had over the years with people about the impact of the stories on their lives, families, and plans, and the flow turns into a cascade! But it’s been a special blessing to meet men and women now serving in China, India, and the Middle East who have said the Dispatches films were decisive in God calling them to move to the other side of the world in order to reach an unreached people group with the Gospel.

Recently I received an email from my friend Gloria. She’s a pastor’s wife and a courageous sister serving Christ in the Middle East. The subject line of Gloria’s note was “Words just spoken in our house.” She overheard her 12-year-old daughter tell her younger sister and brothers, “Guys! Let’s have a Dispatches marathon so we can get pumped up for school starting soon!” In another context, Gloria wrote this about the impact of Dispatches on her family:

Watching Dispatches DVDs is kind of like watching someone else work out; you become inspired to get in the game with them. God's story unfolds in every episode, and you get to watch new generations of Christ-followers flex their faith muscles and pass on the Gospel. Kids (and parents) who have a big picture of who God is and the work he is doing in the world will grow big hearts for the nations and dream big dreams for their lives. It's no exaggeration to say that watching and discussing these films together has been invaluable to my family.

All of this is shared with praise to God alone, as He has taken simple tools (a pen, a camera, and willing hands) to magnify His saving work in the world. His people are simply responding in amazement to His Story.

Since the first film was released ten years ago, I have described each episode as opening another window to Christ’s kingdom. So far we have “flung open” ten windows, but there are so many more windows to open! We have now started a new Dispatches from the Front film series that will be rooted in the book of Acts. Every book in the Bible is a jewel in the crown of God’s revelation, but some of these books hold keys to unlocking other books of the Bible. Acts is such a book. Imagine having the Gospel accounts and then the epistles without the book of Acts. That would leave us with so many unanswered questions. How are there churches in Rome or Corinth or Philippi? Who is Timothy? For that matter, who is Paul?

Luke “the beloved physician” provided a great gift to us by writing the story of the Church’s beginnings, the persecution it experienced, and the Gospel advance that occurred across the Mediterranean world. His account of Paul’s missionary adventures reads like a brilliant travelogue, which is understandable since Luke was often with the intrepid apostle. Whether setting foot in unreached Macedonia or floating on a plank as their ship crashed off of Malta, Luke was there. I imagine the pages of his journal were soiled with the sweat and dust of the road and, at times, soaked in salt water. This is why I often refer to Acts as “Luke’s Dispatches.” And that is what I am calling the next Dispatches film series.

The plan is to have six Acts-based episodes with each story set in a major city or region in the book of Acts—places like Jerusalem, Athens, or Macedonia. Each episode will open in its biblical context from Luke’s dispatches in the 1st century, and then we’ll fast-forward to the 21st century to tell stories of Gospel advance in that very city or region today. I want to underscore that what Jesus began, He continues, and He will complete! This is because He is alive, and His Kingdom spans not just continents but centuries, too. His Gospel that was powerful in Paul and Luke’s day is still at work in our day as well.

This resurrection reality is why I wanted to begin the entire story on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, where the risen Christ appeared to His disciples “just as day was breaking.” His resurrection signaled a new day for all of His disciples—both then and now. So in August and September, Pete Hansen (who has been the man behind the camera since the beginning) and I were there. It was an unforgettable morning, and I can’t wait to share it with you. The masthead picture includes just a glimpse of what’s to come.

May Christ who came and died and rose and saves be magnified more and more through these stories of His grace. Please pray for Pete and me in this venture—for all the miles, borders, and unanswered questions ahead. Pray that we will have eyes to see Christ’s work and words to share it—all for His glory.

On the trail of Gospel pioneers in the 1st century and the 21st century

On the trail of Gospel pioneers in the 1st century and the 21st century

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

 

 

Episode 10: "The Fourth Man" Premieres

"The Fourth Man" will have premiere showings in multiple locations over the next few weeks. We would love to have you join us at one of these showings! See below for times and locations.

 
 

Monday, April 3

The Gospel Coalition National Conference
Indianapolis, IN
9:15PM
Room 105-106
*Conference registration required for attendance


Sunday, April 9

Capitol Hill Baptist Church
Washington, DC
5:00PM


Sunday, April 23

Heritage Bible Church
Greer, SC
9:30AM

North Hills Community Church
Taylors, SC
3:00PM
*Showing is at Brookwood Church in Simpsonville, SC


Sunday, April 30

Calvary Baptist Church
Simpsonville, SC
5:00PM

Hampton Park Baptist Church
Greenville, SC
5:30PM


Dispatches from the Front: Every Tribe

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Pioneer missionary Samuel Zwemer wrote, “The kingdoms and governments of this world have frontiers that must not be crossed.” Then he added, “The Gospel of Jesus Christ knows no frontier. It never has been kept within bounds.” This border-crossing, boundless Gospel is the theme of Every Tribe. The latest episode of the Dispatches from the Front series is set in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos, where a patchwork of tribes lives—people groups long crushed by brutal dictators and enslaved to the worship of demons. But the Gospel is setting prisoners free! From the killing fields of Cambodia to the remote corners of Laos, this is an “every tribe, every tongue” story of first-generation believers, who are now singing for joy over their deliverance, loving the Word, and crossing borders to share the Good News that “never has been kept within bounds.” 

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"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!”