I was fascinated by the little 8-minute video that WorldChristian News released in conjunction with this year’s 30-days prayer campaign. Wow. Paul Filidis wrote, “While we see disturbing sound bites from the Muslim world almost nightly on TV, there are now also confirmed reports of an unprecedented turning of Muslims to Jesus.” If you don’t believe him, just watch his eight-minute interview with David Garrison.
In summary, Garrison says that from 623 until the end of the 1800’s, there was perhaps only one documented movement to Jesus among Muslims. Throughout the next 100 years, there were maybe 9 more. But in the past dozen years, already, God has raised up 64 new church-planting movements among Muslims — in addition to the 10 that we knew about before. If this is true (and we trust it is), God has truly been mightily moving among the Islamic world since 2000. Wow. Let’s pray even harder.
So what do YOU think about this unprecedented growth that Garrison describes? Are you seeing it where you work as well? Please write anonymously; don’t take risks that will cause you or anyone else any harm. But rejoice with us that God appears to be “on the move” among Muslims like never before in history.
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In this edition:
1) Special Mission Frontiers Issue
2) A New Prayer Initiative for A Southeast Asian UPG
3) Coming Soon: A Relationship Website for Single Missionaries
4) Invest a Week in Learning about the Persecuted Church
5) Learn About the Persecuted Church From a Distance
6) Curious as to Whether or Not You’re Burning Out?
7) Learn to Teach English as a Second Language in Chiang Mai
8) Pro-life Videos in Spanish
9) Mission-orientated Bible Commentaries
10) Three-Day Seminar on Storying in Louisville, KY
11) Still Interested in Aquaponics
12) Free Ebook for Mission Mobilizers
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The BackPage: Online Collaboration Software Can Eat You Alive
15) Closing Stuff
Many Muslims have shown increasing openness to the gospel since 9/11, and the next issue of Mission Frontiers (MF, from the US Center for World Mission) is designed as a catalyst toward welcoming into God’s Kingdom many of the one fourth of the world which identifies itself as Muslim. The Jul/Aug 2013 issue of Mission Frontiers aims at motivating and equipping local Christians to launch disciple-making movements among their own Muslim neighbors, under the Holy Spirit’s empowering through the application of field-tested models of effective Muslim ministry.
The preview and advance quantity request option for the Jul/Aug issue is past, but you can still preview the contents at http://theMissionNetwork.org/start-movements
Please watch for the release of the full magazine on July 1st on the Mission Frontiers site: http://MissionFrontiers.org
A new prayer network called Pray For The Mien was launched on May 31 and it is really taking off. The purpose is to “Mobilize Prayer for a Church Multiplication Movement Among the Iu Mien of Southeast Asia.” You can visit this site at
and subscribe to daily updates there. They have also released a prayer video at
Check it out and join the movement to pray for this strategic unreached people group that resides in four countries in the heart of Southeast Asia.
A network has come together to build MissionMate.com (not yet live). This relationship site will connect single missionaries, as well as singles who desire to serve in the mission field. For more information visit…
If you have relevant skills (e.g. graphic design, web development, etc.) contact
The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) and Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) are again offering the popular mini-terms in the Global Studies program. The university developed these mini-terms from its award-winning Persecuted Church Ministries major. These terms provide advanced learning in the areas of Christian persecution and the biblical response to worldwide suffering. Learn more at…
Each mini-term is an intensive one-week, three-credit-hour, upper-level college course that takes place on the campus of OKWU in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The mini-terms also include a service project with VOM at the Bartlesville headquarters. Tuition for this residence program is $600 total and covers academic credits, housing, books and meals on the campus of OKWU. Each course offers academic-credit transfer options. (Thanks for the tip, Jenny!)
to view a selection of free online courses that will guide you through persecution studies. These courses will deepen your knowledge of and effectiveness in ministry to the persecuted church. Each class is self-enrolled and self-paced, allowing you to study and complete the course as your schedule allows. The online courses do not count toward academic credit. Using audio lectures, video clips and reading materials, these courses offer a broad range of topics, such as Persecution Studies, History of Persecution, Preparing for Persecution, Praying for the Persecuted Church, Muslim Evangelism and Biblical Studies in Persecution and Suffering in the Old and New Testaments. (Again, we owe you one, Jenny!)
Check out this two-part post by Dr. Laurie Pearlman at the Headington Institute website.
She not only gives clear warning signs, she also suggests in succinct form what you might try to DO about it. (Thanks to Gary Reed, writing in Team Expansion’s Member Care Newsletter, for the tip-off! Learn more about Gary’s work at www.MinistryCare.org )
Asia’s Center for TESOL classes in Chiang Mai, Thailand (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) conducts intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate. This certificate is supported by Cornerstone University of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. For the first three weeks the classes are Monday-Friday, 8-4. For the last two weeks, the classes are 8-12, followed by a two-hour practicum in the afternoon or evening. This totals 120 hours in class and 20 hours of practicum (10 hours observing and 10 hours teaching. Alternate course dates for Manila, Philippines can be viewed on the website.
Course dates for Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2013 are August 12- September 13 and November 11 – December 13. For more info, contact Melody