The Gospel and the Unreached Peoples of the World
Focus: Monthly Newsletters
Focus is a practical new missions newsletter. It has been prepared by the Frontier Fellowship National Coordinating Office especially for pastors, missions committees, Frontier Fellowship coordinators, and other leaders in the local congregation. Each month the newsletter will FOCUS on ideas, needs and questions relating to the growing Frontier Fellowship movement among local churches. Here are the themes of each monthly issue:
The Church In Focus discusses what other churches are doing to I reach unreached peoples, and gives you usable ideas for your own mission program.
Frontier Media and Resources highlights new tools and materials (like bulletin inserts, videotapes land other media) for your Frontier Fellowship gathering, or other useI
FrontierView recommends choice mission reading for busy leaders.
FrontierFacts gives you current statistics and quotable quotes on I the challenge of world I evangelization,
Ex-Change is for you to talk back to the Frontier Fellowship national office and to each other--your creative answers to common questions other church leaders involved in the Frontier Fellowship are asking.
We hope this monthly newsletter, as well as other Frontier Fellowship materials, will help you as you challenge others to join in reaching out to the 16,750 unreached people groups--the final frontiers of the Gospel. Our prayer is that you will stay on the cutting edge and become part of a strong sending base to these "Hidden Peoples."
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Biharis of India
Sitars twang merrily as Bihari Hindus parade down the main sheets of Patna. India. Wreaths of flowers strewn everywhere are a colorful reminder of a Hindu military victory (run thousands of years ago. Bihar state, in east India near Bengal and (Jttar Pradesh. is mostly Hindu, with significant Muslim and Ammistic minorities. Only 1% of the 70 million Biharis professes Christianity. Most Bihari church members belong to minority tribes in the south. But among the 50 million non tribal Bihans in the north, there are perhaps 50 believers.
North Bihar Is one of India's most crowded regions, although it is still largely rural. Farmers grow rice, wheat maize, sugarcane, and oilseed. Ever, though their land is rich in untapped mineral resources, most Biharis are very poor.
Concern for the unreached in north Bihar is giving birth to new action. In October this year, a threemonth evangelistic campaign called "GO '83' will be launched in north Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh.
Many Indian and foreign mission societies are co operating in GO '83, including Operation Mobilization. Regions Beyond Missionary Union, Friends' Missionary Prayer Band, and Gospel Recordings, Comprehensive outreach plans include personal witnessing by 350 short term workers, distributing literature in 15 languages, new Scripture translations, and hosting seekers rallies, films, and conventions.
Sadhu Sundar Singh
"He will become great man someday if he does not disgrace us all by going mind," sighed Sundar's father, watching his pensive boy. Sundar Singh was born in Punjab, North India into a powerful Sikh family. Through his mothers influence, he eagerly sought spiritual truth in many faiths. But Sunday came to hate God and Christianity after his mother died in 1903, when he was 13. Within that year, Sundar became desperate. One night, on the verge of suicide, he rushed from his room to tell his astonished father, "I have seen Jesus! I can serve no one but Him!"
At sixteen, Sunder donned the saffron yetow robe of the sadhu (Indian holy man) to preach the gospel in Indian terms. His yellow robe sees him an audience everwgere, but he was often thrown out as soon as he mentioned the name of Jests Doggedly, he traveled at over unceangelized Noethl.aerghec and disease. At age 19 Sundar, made his first of many trips into forbidden Tibet.
By 1918. Sadhu Sundar Singh was one of the most famous religious leaders in India. He even visited Europe arid America, where he was shocked by the complacency of Western Christians. In 1927, at age 37, Sundar entered Tibet, never to return. The remarkable testimony of his life continues to challenge people worldwide, especially in Asia.