This is an article from the June 1980 issue: USCWM - Our Goals




  • By the middle of 1978, 2000 had registered their concern for the world's Hidden PeopIe by giving $15.95 or more. This total rose to 5,000 by the end of the year and to 15,000 by the end of 1979.
  • Meanwhile, over 100 churches had held "Hidden Peoples Sundays" to alert their entire congregations to the vision of the unreached frontiers in missions activity.
  • sending and campaigning for the Hidden Peoples. It involves in part a series of seminars and conferences specifically stressing one or more of the Hidden Peoples of the world.
  • The First Annual Southern California Missions Festival (July 13, 1980) will act as a model for other major cities across the country.
  • Open to pastors and keen laymen: a Christian Leaders Institute of International Studies July 1317 1980 on our campus.

These Centers will serve both mission agencies and local churches. Forty cities by 1985.

Establish additional mission mobilization liason offices at the U.S. Center for World Mission for other major evangelical constituencies in the U.S.: Reformed, Holiness, Baptist, Restorationist and Pentecostal Charismatic., and the various ethnic churches.

Assist and promote Institutes of International Studies for Christian Leaders all over the country, using where necessary video taped seminars from other previous institutes.


GOAL: To achieve annual enrollment STUDENTS on secular campuses in at least one 4 unit creditbearing course foundational to "World Christian" discipleship.

Progress to date

1974 - 1977

  • A special credit bearing course was devised for the benefit of 1,400,000 active Christian students on secular university campuses. Launched at Wheaton College, this institute of International Studies moved to the USCWM in 1977. Designed as a "missions appreciation" course, it has had a tremendous influence on the lives of its alumni. 1978
  • Now offered year round at the USCWM, close to a thousand students have taken the course which covers Biblical, historical, strategic and international aspects of the world wide Christian cause. 1979
  • A Student Conference on World Evangelization (SCOWE) sponsored jointly by Inter Varsity and the USCWM held its 4th annual meeting on our campus with 450 attending. (A repeat meeting in 1980 was called "Urbana Onward", again with 450, again on our campus. It was the largest Onward in the USA.
  • FoIIow through courses added to the basic lIS curriculum: Muslim and Chinese evangelism, ethnic arts in cultural evangelism, a special 3 month abroad (India) followthrough llS.
  • The first M.A. degree program offered here, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), graduated its first student. (Four more graduated in 1980. With 40 students now enrolled, It Is perhaps the second largest M.A. in TESL program in the U.S)'

Present activity

A new approach has made it possible to offer the basic "international Studies" course right on the larger secular campuses. A Penn State trial run has enrolled 77 students. It has become not only a smashing success but also a prototype of a vastly expanded operation in the future.

win all cases so far about 1/3 of the graduates have gone into missions, about 1/3 are preparing further for overseas involvement, and ff3 are lifelong missions backers.

  • Courses are being offered both in Pasadena and Ft. Lauderdale during the summer of 1980.
  • We expect to inaugurate in the fail of 1980 a special nurse practioner course in conjunction with Cal State, Long Beach. For those who do not have an R.N. and a B.S. but who want practical medical training, we are offering a practical, non professional course for missionary candidates.
  • Our staff is actively involved in promoting (in the USA) the International Student Consultation on Frontier Missions to be held in Edinburg, Scotland in October 1980. This consultation was begun at the initiative of 35 South African students who attended our month long January 1980 Inst. of International studies on our Pasadena campus.

Next steps

  1. Expansion is expected: Year Courses Locations Students '81 8 6 1,000 182 16 12 1,500 183 32 24 3,000 184 64 48 6,000 185 128 96 10,800
  2. Of these over 20,000 total students, it is likely that by 1985 7,000 will be overseas with an equal number heading that way.
  3. Meanwhile, in every way we can we seek to help establish an international student mission movement focused on the last frontiers.

Mission Agencies

GOAL To assist and encourage both Western and Non Western MISSION AGENCIES to adopt by name a total of 10 ,000 of the remaining 16,750 Hidden Peoples

Progress to date


  • USCWM founded by a small group of mission experts with exclusive emphasis on people groups beyond all mission and church outreach. 1977
  • lnstitute of Chinese Studies, Institute of Tribal Studies established.
  • "Hidden Peoples"phrase coined.
  • 15 member organizations; total staff of 50 by end of year. 1978
  • Muslim and Hindu research offices begun.
  • Sister Centers identified in Korea, Hong Kong and Scotland.
  • Mission agency relations shouldered by Ernie Heimbach, former Home Director of Overseas Missionary Fellowship.
  • Sister Centers established in Singapore, South Africa.
  • Pie chart of peoples of the world developed; used widely.

125 member organizations. Total staff of 90.


  • State of California authorization received to grant S Ph.D. and 6 M.A degrees enabling missionaries and national leaders to undertake research not sponsored by anyone else

1980 Edinburgh World Consultation on Frontier Missions opens office.

138 member organizations. 120 total staff.


GOAL To enlist 10,000  LOCAL CHURCHES in an effort to spread Hidden Peoples Vision to million American Evangelicals through a Year of Vision program

Progress to date


  • The Million Person Campaign was started with the view to turning on a million Christians to the challenge of the Hidden PeopIes


A one time, 15.95 gift plan was adopted as an alternative fund raising strategy.

  • Mission agencies began assigning personnel. By 1979 they annually loaned over $1,000,000 worth of staff personnel.
  • The "Grapevine Letter" was developed and sent out by Young Life staff and the entire membership of the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends.


  • Bill Bright asked Campus Crusade staff to mail out Grapevines, suggesting their prayer supporters also do the same  a model for "broadening the base" of mission giving usable by all agencies


  • At this point about 100 people per week are registering their new Hidden Peoples vision by sending us their one time $15.95 gift.
  • We are grappling with the development, and soon the promotion, of a "Year of Vision" program for local churches. This combines a series of missions events, publications and resources. It will awaken new congregational mission vision and encourage enlightened prayer, giving


  1. Assist and promote annual missions festivals in the major cities of North America. Forty cities by 1985.
  2. Advance the "Year of Vision" program in local congregations along both denominational and nondenominational channels, to help generate the new resources and backing needed by mission agencies to launch frontier mission thrusts. Enlisting 10,000 churches by 1985.3) Establish walk in Missions Resource Centers in each major city of the country to provide a centralized place for the local dissemination of missions information and the resources to fuel frontier

Present activity

  • We are rejoicing in reports from many mission agencies adopting new Hidden People goals.
  • SIM reports 55 new fields under consideration. Missouri Synod votes to triple missionary force by 1990 and enter 10 new fields to "reach Hidden Peoples." TEAM scours last 25 year record to evaluate Hidden Peoples advance. Assembly of God records "unreached, pioneer emphasis," etc.

181 agencies connected with the EFMA met for a week studying the possibilities of new outreach. They estimate they will be in contact with 5,908 Hidden Peoples by the year 1990.

Out of 16,750 people groups in the "Hidden" category this is 40%, while the SI agencies provide only 11% of the world's Protestant missionaries. Pretty good!

  • Staff members just back from China, refugee frontier in Thailand and Pakistan.
  • Monthly interchange with 13 overseas Sister Centers and Centers to be.
  • Our computer center with 90 million bytes of storage is beginning to ingest enormous amounts of key information about tribal languages, documentation, etc. This Is lust starting.

Next steps

  1. Continue to produce an annual estimate of the number of remaining Hidden People groups graphically described by a poster pie chart and table.
  2. Inaugurate a new monthly technical bulletin for mission executives on breaking information related to new frontiers.
  3. Establish doctoral programs for 50 Ph.D. candidates, both missionary and national, in strategic places around the world, thus avoiding the expense and dislocation of trips to the USA, yet harvesting $1 million worth of research per year.
  4. Expand to 35 our 11 fulltime people in the Chinese sphere.
  5. See an increase to 35 of the 7 now working in Muslim studies.
  6. Wycliffe is assigning a couple to Tribal Studies with Don Richardson. Watch for his new book.
  7. We now finally have a director for Hindu Studies. Both Tribal and Hindu Studies need to go to 35 full time staff by 1985.


There are no comments for this entry yet.

Leave A Comment

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.