After centuries of Christian influence, one may be tempted to believe there are no frontier ministries left in North America because “others have been there before.” I think it wise to remember this when we think of Mission Frontiers for North America
This month’s Serve is a conversation between Travis Gravley (Administrator for Church Relations and Enlistment), Graham Foran (Field Administrator for Brazil), and Steve Gault (Field Administrator for Africa and Europe). This is the third installment on the theme of Missions Frontiers. BMM’s president, Patrick Odle, laid out the vision. Nate Beckman spoke to frontiers in Asia. In this issue, Graham and Steve represent the Global South on this topic.
My hope comes from Revelation 7:9, which states that in heaven there will be believers from “. . . all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues.”
Although the Bible was completed almost 2,000 years ago, it’s been only within the last 200 years that thousands of language groups have received their own Bibles. This is a tremendous accomplishment in modern Bible translation. God is raising up a host of workers to give the remaining people groups direct access to the Bible. It’s an exciting time to be part of Bible translation!
In the coming months, we want to consider frontiers—places of unparalleled opportunity for the church’s mission endeavors. We’ll look close up at regions around the globe. To get us started, BMM President Patrick Odle casts the vision of a new century of BMM strategic teamwork.
God’s promises outlast politics, plagues, and hardships and press us to trust and obey. Consider three examples of God’s faithful promise and man’s trusting response.
Riding backwards is a good analogy for living in these days. We can’t easily see the road ahead. Will work, school, and church life return to some predictable pattern? Will we be able to enjoy life without fear of contracting or passing on a highly contagious and potentially deadly illness? What about travel?
How has COVID-19 affected missions?
This is a question to which we will continue to learn the answer in the coming months. One effect is the increased use of technology. Livestreaming services and meeting for one-on-one discipleship via video platforms is not going away anytime soon.
2020 may seem like a dark year but we have a light that we are called to share with others.
Our mission began in 1920 and faced many challenges that year. 2020 is nothing new and God can handle it all.
In the final installment of our Core Values series, Deb Brammer shares the unseen power that fuels missions: prayer.
From the time that Andrew Comings served as a missionary intern, he saw faith modeled by veteran missionaries. It’s a value he holds tightly to in his own missionary service in Brazil.
Teamwork done in the right spirit accomplishes far more than any missionary can do alone.
From sending church to planting churches, the local church is at the core of missions, as Netherlands missionary Daniel Boyd writes on in this month‘s blog.
Italy missionary Jonathan Whitman learned the value of integrity from his missionary parents. And it’s a trait he’s seen demonstrated throughout BMM.
What are you passionate about? When it comes to missions, passion must permeate all you do.
Mary Amesbury, who reaches the world through Campus Bible Fellowship International, discusses this month’s core value.
Every missions ministry is driven by the inspired, inerrant Word of God.
The first edition of an eight-part series on BMM's core values of missions