USA (MNN) — Is God calling you to “go”? It’s the first step of the Great Commission – go and make disciples. Maybe you’ve heard the call, but you’re not sure where God’s calling you to go.
Jeannie Marie with Frontiers says they’re looking for “go-ers” to join them this year on a short-term mission trip. “We really would love to have people that are curious, that want to learn, that want to make friends, that are humble and want to be coached,” she explains.
“People who are maybe considering, ‘what would it look like to live long-term overseas? To work with Muslims, to use my profession or my skills’… those kind of people we’d love to have come and work with us.”
Who and what is Frontiers?
Frontiers is a ministry that reaches Muslims for Christ. As described here, Frontiers engages unreached Muslim populations by recruiting, training, and sending church planting teams to live in the Muslim world.
“Muslims are some of the most hospitable people in the world, and billions of them will never meet a follower of Jesus.”
According to Finishing the Task (FTT), 116 of the remaining 310 UUPGs (Unreached and Unengaged People Groups) are Muslim. FTT describes these groups as having more than 500 people and living within their ancestral homeland.
More than 4 million souls comprise these 116 unreached and unengaged Muslim groups. The need is great, but few Christians are willing to go.
“Often, a reason people might not consider a trip to a Muslim world is safety,” Marie explains. “I often tell people we need to develop a theology of safety.
“We realize that God is our safety. He’s our protection here, and there.”
Click here to contact Frontiers if you have specific questions about safety.
Where would we go?
Because Frontiers interacts with Muslim populations around the world, they offer a wide variety of short-term mission trips. View the 2019 list here.
“Everything we do short-term is tied to our long-term teams overseas,” Marie says. “We really, really hope that a short-term experience in the summer will help you to develop your view of how God sees the world, how God views people in other nations.”
The short-term mission trips typically range from a two- to eight-week period. Longer trips provide an opportunity to use your vocational training for the Kingdom of God.
“For example, if your degree is in physical therapy or dentistry, or you’re really good at social media – or you know English! – then half the day you’d be working in a Kingdom business.”
Know before you go
It’s been said that God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called. If God is calling you to “go” and make His name known, He’ll help you along the way.
One method is the pre-trip training Frontiers offers here. You can also read a new book by Jeannie Marie called, Across the Street and Around the World: Following Jesus to the Nations in Your Neighborhood…and Beyond.Order the book here.
“We use that book because it’s a practical guidebook to walk you step-by-step [through] how to have a spiritual adventure in other cultures, following Jesus with courage, confidence, and spiritual intentionality,” Marie says.
“You’ll read that book and start doing it, and then practicing it overseas.”
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