Wow! Forty years. So much has been accomplished and yet so much remains to be done. In this issue we pause to look back on the legacy of faithfulness by people like Ralph Winter and others who with vision and passion in their hearts for God’s glory in all peoples, risked so much and worked so hard to launch the USCWM/Frontier Ventures and the unreached peoples movement They made all the progress of the last 40 years possible.
Celebrating 40 Years of the U.S. Center for World Mission/Frontier Ventures and the Unreached Peoples Movement
There are turning points in history where certain people and events dramatically alter the direction of human history and the destiny of millions. Ralph Winter and the founding of the U.S Center for World Mission now Frontier Ventures played a major role in the launching of the movement to reach the unreached peoples.
My personal connection to this project began some 40+ years ago. My wife and I had just finished the second summer program (1975) of the Summer Institute of International Studies (SIIS). We were in a 7-car caravan driving non-stop to Guatemala from the Wheaton College campus with Dr Ralph Winter and his family.
Over the last 42 years the Perspectives course has touched the lives of thousands and helped fuel the outreach of the global Church to the unreached peoples. It has become a powerful force in the evangelical world with over 8,700 students taking the course each year in 248 separate locations. This article tells the fascinating tale of how it all began.
The work we are commemorating in this issue (1976-2016) did not occur in a vacuum, but was predicated by a paradigm shift in mission thinking. Powerful new ideas stimulated the imagination of believers, catalyzed their collective energies and birthed the modern frontier mission movement.
During the last ten years, one of the fastest growing missions movements has been the Finishing The Task (FTT) Network that has been challenging local churches toward the unengaged people groups of the world. During this time 1,447 churches and organizations have pledged to send workers into people groups that have been previously unengaged.
God is moving in unprecedented ways in our generation in the Muslim world. Too often Western believers are filled with fear at the pictures of refugees crossing the borders of Western nations. Such a view fails to look at this migration from an eternal perspective. The current migrations are consistent with the ways God has moved throughout history to bring people groups to the knowledge of Christ.
Under the theme of “Elevate: Climbing Higher, Pressing Further,” more than 300 church and mission leaders gathered in Timonium, Maryland (suburban Baltimore) July 13-16 for the Perspectives (USA) National Conference.