Blog Posts on Frontier Missions

There’s Nothing Short About Short-Term Missions

Ramon Lull
There’s Nothing Short About Short-Term Missions

Are our short-term “missions” trips really helping the cause of missions?

By “missions,” I mean the process of Christians from reached people groups sharing the gospel with unreached people groups (UPG), implying that languages must be learned and cultures must be understood. Language acquisition and cultural understanding take years, perhaps even decades — not days.

This definition implies at the outset that missions is most effectively carried out by... Continue Reading

I Want to Turn Your Dreams Back On

John Piper

Below is the video and manuscript from John Piper's opening message on December 27 at Cross, a new student missions conference. Audio and video from all ten plenary speakers will be coming soon.

This conference on missions is a dream come true for me. And my prayer is that many of you will look back some day and see that this was a decisive moment in a dream come true for you—that some day, ten or twenty or thirty years from now, you will recall the very first Cross... Continue Reading

Why a New Student Missions Conference?

John Piper
Why a New Student Missions Conference?

Cross is a new student missions conference. I serve on the leadership team — along with Thabiti Anyabwile, Kevin DeYoung, David Platt, Zane Pratt, David Sitton, and Mack Stiles — and want to invite you to come.

It will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, December 27–30, this year. I would love for the Desiring God regulars to get in on the special rate by registering before midnight Thursday, October 31, and getting more than 40% off the conference price.

Why a new... Continue Reading

John G. Paton Biography (Free eBook)

Jonathan Parnell
John G. Paton Biography (Free eBook)

It wasn't until 1606 that Spanish explorer Fernandez de Quiros discovered a chain of eighty islands stretched across 450 miles in the South Pacific. Later named the New Hebrides, the islands were inhabited by peoples whose existence had been unknown to the rest of the world for centuries.

It would be another 230 years before two London missionaries made the first earnest attempt to bring the gospel to these unengaged and unreached peoples in 1839. But they were killed and... Continue Reading

Most of the Unreached Peoples in the World Are Illiterate

David Sills
Most of the Unreached Peoples in the World Are Illiterate

Over 70 percent of the world’s population consists of people who are oral learners — people who cannot or do not read. Most of the world’s unreached and unengaged people groups are preliterate. They are primarily oral learners who cannot read or write the language that they speak — often because their language has not yet been reduced to writing. Their lives are lived out in an oral fashion. They learn about events in their world, form their... Continue Reading

Violent Faith Glorifies God and Advances the Gospel

David Sitton
Violent Faith Glorifies God and Advances the Gospel

Spearheading the gospel into unreached regions is risky.

In the time it takes to read this blog post, another Christian will be killed because of his or her faith in Jesus Christ. 160,000 believers around the world will be slaughtered this year alone. . . simply because they love Jesus.

This should not be a news flash. The physical risk of “going public with the glory of God” among Satan-dominated peoples is obvious. Jesus warned his disciples that they... Continue Reading

Islam, Fear, and the Gospel’s Demand

Ted Esler
Islam, Fear, and the Gospel’s Demand

I have a friend who works in a country where Islamic law governs life. The small house church he had established was in the hands of national leadership, and he was not present when the religious police broke in and arrested the entire church, sentencing all of the men to prison.

One day soon after, an angry mob assembled at the local mosque and marched toward my friend’s home. He gathered his wife and children together, locked the doors, shuttered the windows, and went... Continue Reading