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Making Jesus Famous Among the Nations

This is an article from the May-June 2014 issue of Mission Frontiers. The 7,000 distinct unreached people groups of the world reflect the incredible complexity, diversity, and greatness of our God. One media form will not reach them all. As we pursue the task of world evangelization, we must identify major priorities, ideally

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Shift from Local to Global Thinking

God is a global God. He has always cared about the entire world. “God so loved the world….” (John 3:16) From the beginning he has wanted family members from every nation he created. The Bible says, “From one person God made all nations who live on earth, and he decided

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Orphans: Forgotten and Unreached

Working with orphans overseas felt pretty noble until a missionary friend to a third world country where 80% live below the poverty level, shared an honest but painful truth. He wasn’t seeing life change. Our team would come in for a week armed with Vacation Bible School curriculum, candy and

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From Conflict 
To People Group Focus

This is an article from the January-February 2013 issue of Mission Frontiers. When an obscure Arab citizen of Mecca claimed to have met a spirit-being in the year 610 CE, the world could never have imagined that this man, under the influence of that spirit, would birth a religion that

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Looking Back at How God Called Table 71 into Existence

I remember as if it were yesterday the Amsterdam 2000 meetings.  I was facilitating a small group seated at Table 71 in the middle of a room of 600 missions executives and strategists.  We were considering a special part of the challenge of fulfilling the Great Commission – getting things

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What is Smelling Like Old Fish?

There’s an odor in the missions house, and it’s not going away.  Stay inside, and you get used to it.  Go outside and come back in, and it hits you.  Something stinks in here. We evangelicals have been sending missionaries for more than two centuries, yet as of today 30+%

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Organizational Reset

*This is an article from the Mission Frontiers January-February 2013 issue: Reaching the Unengaged An Interview with Brent Preston, TEAM; D. Ray Davis, IMB; Bob Blincoe, Frontiers; Fred Ely, SIM Editor’s Note: Recently leaders from four mission agencies shared with Mission Frontiers the “reset” issues they have faced in prioritizing the sending of new

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Engaged Unreached People Groups

*This is an article from the Mission Frontiers January-February 2013 issue: Reaching the Unengaged In recent years, a great deal of attention, energy and resources have been dedicated to engagingunengaged unreached people groups (UUPGs). Certainly, joining hands to engage the unengaged is a critical task in making disciples of all nations. Can you think

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Hijacking “Unreached”

Can the meaning of one term hinder the spread of the Gospel? The term “unreached” was made popular by mission leaders seeking to prioritize ethnic people groups with little or no exposure to the Gospel. Today, the term has become a catchword used by all kinds of ministries that do

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Engaging Unengaged People Groups

Let us set aside the question of why your church should take up the challenge of reaching an unengaged People Group; others will give you numerous reasons. In fact, you may have already embraced the “Why” but just can’t get by the “How” as it seems such a different role,

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Disciple-Making Movements Among Unreached Muslims

*This is an article from the Mission Frontiers January-February 2013 issue: Reaching the Unengaged I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. —1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (NKJV) One of Cityteam’s African leaders reminds us that

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The Most Abominable “Word”

*This is an article from the Mission Frontiers January-February 2013 issue: Reaching the Unengaged The term “unengaged” is the most offensive in missionary terminology. It is a blatant acknowledgement of the missionary community’s refusal to fulfill the minimal apostolic prerequisite of being present among all peoples and beginning the work of gospel proclamation.

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