Blog Posts on Frontier Missions

There’s Nothing Short About Short-Term Missions

Ramon Lull

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 long-term…

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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…

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Why a New Student Missions Conference?

John Piper

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,…

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John G. Paton Biography (Free eBook)

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Most of the Unreached Peoples in the World Are Illiterate

David Sills

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…

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Violent Faith Glorifies God and Advances the Gospel

David Sitton

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…

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Islam, Fear, and the Gospel’s Demand

Ted Esler

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…

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