This is an article from the March-April 2000 issue: The African American & Missions



I stumbled onto the October '99 issue of your terrific magazine and have found it a treasure house of new, refreshing and vital information. As a Ministry Consultant for Trans World Radio, I found the information in this particular issue of MF invaluable help in my seminars. Thank you! I would like to subscribe and will send a contribution upon receipt of my first issue.

Rev. Kenneth A. Batchelder

Hurrah to Ralph Winter for his statements concerning "missionaries from afar." We've seen the things he has stated, graphically, at work in the Indian tribe here in Canada we're working with.

Tucker Grose

I just forwarded the "Where we are in World Evangelism" to our head pastor. I am on the missions committee, and our church has decided to increase its missions budget. I would really like to see us evaluate where our support goes and if we want to have a more active part in reaching the unreached by adoption or going (before we start adding onto our list of missionaries).

God Bless You!
Leslie Bryan

I wanted to let you know how much the Mission Frontiers means to us. We already get about 30 of each issue. I place several copies in the library and the rest go to our missionaries in training. We require them to read them and then follow up with discussions concerning the trends and issues you deal with.

Probably the most talked about issue is the one of creating dependence on Americans in other cultures. We have used these articles to help us formulate strategy and policy as we place people and develop new fields.

So, this is just a note of thanks for what you do and the service to the kingdom you provide.

James Graham Executive Director
International Gospel Outreach
Mobile, AL

It blessed me to hear that you are going to have an issue on African Americans in missions. I have always wondered why I don't see more black faces when I see missionary personnel literature since I know the areas where they go have black faces. It seems as though it would be good to send black people to Africa just as we are seeing ABC Chinese returning to China to minister.

Our Charismatic church is almost one third black people and many are moving into ministry. We are seeing Hispanics also to our delight. We encourage the poor and the homeless to come in and love them and help them.

One thing that troubles me is that I don't see mention of the Charismatic/Pentecostal churches and the missions works that they are doing in Missions Frontiers. I see the mainline churches mentioned, and even those of the World and National Council of Churches in this current issue, and always the strong and wonderful evangelical church but no mention of the Assemblies of God nor the Four Square Churches.

Does Mission Frontiers have a problem with the Pentecostal churches? Will it offend the Evangelical churches if we are included? When is the John 17 prayer ever going to be answered?

Mission Frontiers is one of my favorite mission periodicals. but I thought I would bring this to your attention.

We love you, we ask God to bless and succor you as you labor for Him.

Dorothy L. Follet Merritt Island FL

Ed.--We are very happy to report on all mission efforts that are focused on reaching the unreached peoples regardless of whether they are charismatic or not. We welcome the help of our readers in making us aware of mission news and articles that are from their own unique church background.

Ed.--It was brought to our attention that we did not put any contact information on Bethany College of Missions in the January 2000 article:

        1 800 323 3417
        Fax: 612 829 2535
        E-mail: [email protected]

        Bethany College of Missions
        6820 Auto Club Road, Suite C
        Minneapolis, MN 55438

How is Mrs. Winter? I've looked in vain for a report on her in the last two issues of Mission Frontiers. I pray for them each day. God bless you all.

Mary Helen Huber

Update from Roberta Winter

This is Roberta Winter writing, with an update on my cancer treatment. I was at the doctor's office today. My blood report was not quite as good as it was two weeks ago, but not bad. White cell count was very low (I got a neupogen shot to help out there), platelet count for the first time below normal, and a slight rise in the IgG (main marker for the progress of my type of multiple myeloma). I have a lot of pain much of the time and have plasmacytomas (tumor bumps) on my arms and a few on my back and legs. But I feel pretty good except when taking prednisone or decadron steroids as chemotherapy. I am up and about for a few minutes at a time, but have to lie down every so often to rest my back.

I'm still trusting the Lord to do something. My latest verse is "There is nothing too hard for Me," or essentially the same thing: "Is there anything too hard for Me?" (See Gen. 18:14, Jer. 32:17, and Luke 1:37.) So how am I? I'm in the hands of the Lord. Just because myeloma is usually a slow growing cancer doesn't mean they have found a cure--the prognosis is 2 to 4 years, but some patients have lived 15 years. That's rare though. I've now lived 3 years and have asked the Lord for 12 more (Hezekiah's 15 total). So please don't stop praying for me!

Re: African Americans

Prepublishing announcement of African-American Experience in World Missions

In early summer COMINAD will be releasing a compendium of articles from a biblical, historical, cultural and strategic perspective by and about African-Americans in missions. This book will be suitable for use in the Perspectives course as well as a stand alone book for mission mobilization within the African-American community. Distribution and price details will follow in the next issue of Mission Frontiers. To indicate your interest in the number of books you might order please e-mail <[email protected]>. Leave your name, shipping address and phone number.

African American Mobilization Office at the U.S. Center

If you would like to be a part of starting or serving in such an office, please email us at [email protected]

Let's make Marilyn's dream a reality.


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