By Brian Jewell
Global Frontier Missions started with a simple goal: to outreach to groups of people who had never been exposed to the Gospel. That objective has taken team members from the jungles of Mexico to the hearts of Houston and Atlanta.
Global Frontier’s founders began working in the 1990s in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, an area known to have one of North America’s largest concentrations of unreached peoples. After spending a decade there and planting dozens of churches, the organization’s leaders decided to shift their focus back to the United States.
Today, Global Frontier Missions works in Atlanta and Houston, concentrating on areas of these cities that have become home to large immigrant and refugee populations from all over the world. The organization has bases in both of those cities, which serve as headquarters for groups that visit on domestic mission trips.
For four weeks during the spring and several months during the summer, Global Frontier invites groups from churches around the country to send teams to assist in inner-city outreach in those areas. Group visitors begin with some training in outreach strategies and go on a “Nehemiah tour,” which includes visits to mosques, Hindu temples or other unfamiliar places of worship. As part of the experience, participants sit through services there and learn about those belief systems in order to be better equipped to share the Gospel with them.
After the introduction, the rest of the trip consists of three or four days living near the refugees in either city. Visiting church groups help conduct a variety of outreach events to build relationships between community members and the organization’s full-time missionaries.