17th Aug 2018

“When we first arrived on the field, there were no Muslim-background followers of Jesus,” says Joshua, a Frontiers field worker in Southeast Asia. “We did evangelism work for a few years with no visible fruit.”

Joshua and his team recognized that they needed to try something different, so they started working with local Christians who had hearts to reach their Muslim neighbours. “We both learned from and trained local Christians and sent them out as teams to different areas among our Muslim people group.”

Over time, the local teams started to see fruit—usually after four or more years of ministry. It even grew into a network of house churches that involved over 600 active Muslim-background believers. But the numbers of new fellowships plateaued as they faced struggles in developing leaders among the new believers.

Four years ago, Joshua and his teammates attended a Frontiers conference where they discovered practices that lead to movements of faith in Jesus Christ. They learned about finding men and women who open doors into communities, teaching people obedience to the Word, and the importance of prayer. When they returned to Southeast Asia, they introduced their local teams to these movement-oriented principles and trained them to start reproducing Bible-centered fellowships.

 

“Since implementation [of movement principles],” says Joshua, “the ministry has almost tripled, our leaders and workers are more focused, and Muslim-background believers are more active in leading the majority of our groups.”

 

The number of Muslim-background believers has now surpassed 1,800, with fellowships continuing to grow and multiply. Joshua reports that this is largely because “movement training gave our leaders and workers concrete direction and a renewed vision of what God can do.”

It is a new day in ministry as Joshua’s team coaches and trains the leaders of this blossoming work!

Despite tremendous responsiveness to the message of Jesus in some locations, over 1,000 Muslim people groups still have no Gospel witness among them. To reach these unengaged people groups, Frontiers provides field workers with critical training in planting reproducing fellowships that transform whole communities and nations.

Sowing the Gospel into groups leads to more resilient, reproducing churches that are less likely to be snuffed out. A Frontiers leader supervising teams in one Muslim region says that “movement training encourages people to think in terms of a community being the smallest unit in which to plant the seed of the Gospel.”

Since 2011, Frontiers has hosted several dozen global training events, webinars, and conferences on movement principles. Field workers receive ongoing coaching through peer groups, regional networks, and skilled mentors. New workers also benefit from critical pre-field training that prepares them to put key strategies into practice as soon as they arrive.

The tools they discover are both practical and adaptable. Workers learn creative ways to identify people who are interested in studying the Word, as well as ways to encourage reproduction of Bible studies. This organization-wide training has given Frontiers teams renewed vision and growing expectation to see reproducing churches planted in Muslim communities.

 

The initial results are impressive. Many teams—even in the hardest corners of the Muslim world—are seeing growth and multiplication of churches as they apply movement principles to their ministries.

 

In part of South Asia, well over a hundred Bible study groups have been established, leading to numerous reproducing church plants. One team in the region reports that they’ve seen a Bible study group multiply and start two new groups in just a few weeks.

In another region, a team leader writes, “Our team has been greatly impacted by movement training in everything we do. We know how to spend our time, we have a clearer focus, we have expanded our network and are thinking [in terms of reaching the whole nation], and on and on.”

Field workers agree that this training has strengthened their witness and helped them engage Muslims with the Word on a daily basis. Teams are discovering new opportunities to catalyze reproducing church movements, and Muslims are studying the Bible in areas where there was previously no spiritual response.

A new wind is blowing in the Muslim world, and teams are more focused than ever as they invite many to follow and serve Jesus Christ. Pray with us for more movements to Christ that result in churches planted firmly on God’s Word.
 

** Names and places have been changed for security.**

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God’s heart is that none should perish but that all would hear and repent. He longs for a people from every tribe, tongue and nation! He has many that are His own and many that are His in the nations where our workers are.

Have you ever noticed that Jesus did not ask us to pray for the harvest? The harvest will definitely happen - the harvest is plentiful. He will have a bride representing every tribe, language and tongue. Jesus asked us to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send more labourers. Many workers would value more help!
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:36-38

Workers also need the help of the Holy Spirit to find people of peace, those receptive to the gospel message and to find ways to sow good seed into fertile soil that will produce a multiplying harvest.

Now is the time for the regions where our workers are. There are more Muslims coming to know
Jesus in the last 20 years than in all the previous centuries combined! He is reaching more and more people and there will be a harvest from every tribe, tongue and people.

• Pray for more labourers for the harvest.

• Pray that the Lord would bring forth a harvest through our workers for His glory.

• Pray more and more Muslims would be reached by His grace today.

• Pray for those who respond to be truly reproducing fruit that brings in a multiplying harvest among their people group and nation.

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“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” 2 Cor 4:6

Light shines the brightest where it is dark. The places in which our workers live are spiritually dark.
But God who spoke light into creation is still speaking light into the nations. He has called workers to be light in the countries where He has sent them. The light is brought through their testimony of what God has done in their lives. They have personal evidence that He can transform lives.

Jesus has told us in His word, that by his blood and our testimony, that we will overcome!

“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Rev 12:11

Our workers shine for Him as they share their story and walk in His victory in their lives. However, sometimes it can appear as though nothing is changing and as though the darkness is not lifting. It can be discouraging and disheartening.

Nonetheless, the very fact that God sent them is evidence of Him bringing His light through them to Muslim countries.

• Let’s declare: “Let light shine out of darkness” and let’s pray the light of Christ will shine in every Muslim nation where our workers serve.

• Let’s declare over our workers and Muslim nations: "In Him was life and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:4-5

• Pray for opportunities for workers to share their personal testimony and be a powerful witness to those around them. Let’s pray they will not be discouraged, but walk in victory.

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Wednesday 12th December

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Cor 4:4b

The gospel is light. Yet for those who are spiritually blind, they cannot perceive it. The enemy blinds people to the truth so they simply cannot see it.

God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and He is the God of miracles! He opens the eyes of the blind! He also transforms minds and takes hearts of stone and gives hearts of flesh! He takes what is dead and gives it life!

God’s word says: “She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”” Genesis 16:13
Sometimes the enemy can also try to blind workers so that they cannot see God at work or believe
Him for great things. Satan also tries to make our workers ‘blind’ to the truth, that God does see them and cares deeply about every detail of their lives and the lives of those that they serve. This may mean that they stop asking and believing for miracles.

Yet every time the gospel is shared, the light of the gospel and the glory of Christ are displayed.

Let’s sing over our workers and the Muslims they serve: Open the Eyes of My Heart by Michael W Smith: https://bit.ly/2BP2vzc

• Pray that workers and the nation they serve would experience the God that sees them and cares for every detail of their lives.

• Pray against blindness to who God is and that He would give workers eyes to see in greater measure what He is doing.

• Let’s ask God to open the spiritual eyes of Muslims wherever they live, so that they can see Him for who He is and see His glory.

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“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.” 2 Cor 4:4a

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This is a real spiritual battle raging for souls. There are no by-standers, no neutral parties. You are either entering into life through the gospel or perishing. But it is not so simple to say that those who are perishing have rejected the gospel.

Many Muslim nations are veiled and the millions living in them have never heard the gospel or are
unable to recognize it as good news, for the veil has kept them from hearing the word of God at all.

It is not enough just to share the gospel; we must pray and ask the Lord to remove the veil that they may truly see the gospel. We know that culturally many women do veil their faces but may they be like Moses when it comes to the Lord, that they would enter his presence with the veil removed and be found radiant as a result.

When workers pray for the Muslim people they live amongst and serve, they stand in the breach on behalf of them. Prayer is a powerful weapon and it means standing in the heat of battle. It is a battle of ideas, philosophies and worldviews. Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 that we use our weapons of warfare for “tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God and for demolishing strongholds, arguments and every pretension that sets it itself up against the knowledge of God.””

Paul’s power came from the gospel of Christ (2 Cor 10:14). His desire and that of our workers is to preach the gospel to people who have never heard it. (2 Cor 10:16).

Let’s sing this song of encouragement over our workers as they bring the gospel message to the Muslim world: The Battle Belongs to the Lord by the Maranatha Singers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMZ8D6nTKhg

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“So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.” 2 Cor 4:12

Many Muslim countries are spiritually dead, but God is calling His body in these places to partner in the sufferings of Christ that, in these days, the life of Christ might be made known. In the book of Ezekiel there is a valley of dry bones, a valley of death. The Lord calls Ezekiel to prophesy over these bones that they might come to life. As he prophesies the bones come together and put on flesh right in front of his eyes! Then God tells Ezekiel to call forth breath that breathes into them and they become a vast army.

Our workers have also been positioned at this time to call forth life in the nations they serve. They are to be the mouthpiece of God – declaring that God takes what is dead and gives it life! They are to release the words of God – unleashing the power of His life-giving breath. God longs for an army to rise up, He longs for life to burst forth. The time of weeping is over; it’s time for Lazarus to come up out of the tomb!
Let’s speak these verses from Ezekiel over our workers and the regions they serve:

“Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’" So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.”” Ezekiel 37:9-10

• Let’s ask that, like Ezekiel, workers would speak the word of God over the land they live in and call forth life!

• Pray that as they speak out the life of Christ it would bring breakthrough in the nation where they live.

• Pray for God to anoint our workers afresh with His resurrection power and to increase their
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Monday 10th December

“So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.” 2 Cor 4:12

Many Muslim countries are spiritually dead, but God is calling His body in these places to partner in the sufferings of Christ that, in these days, the life of Christ might be made known. In the book of Ezekiel there is a valley of dry bones, a valley of death. The Lord calls Ezekiel to prophesy over these bones that they might come to life. As he prophesies the bones come together and put on flesh right in front of his eyes! Then God tells Ezekiel to call forth breath that breathes into them and they become a vast army.

Our workers have also been positioned at this time to call forth life in the nations they serve. They are to be the mouthpiece of God – declaring that God takes what is dead and gives it life! They are to release the words of God – unleashing the power of His life-giving breath. God longs for an army to rise up, He longs for life to burst forth. The time of weeping is over; it’s time for Lazarus to come up out of the tomb!
Let’s speak these verses from Ezekiel over our workers and the regions they serve:

“Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’" So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.”” Ezekiel 37:9-10

• Let’s ask that, like Ezekiel, workers would speak the word of God over the land they live in and call forth life!

• Pray that as they speak out the life of Christ it would bring breakthrough in the nation where they live.

• Pray for God to anoint our workers afresh with His resurrection power and to increase their
courage and faith to heal the sick, raise the dead and release His Kingdom.

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We have two ladies who are sisters, who help us out in our home with things such as childcare and
keeping on top of the relentless dust that you get in a country where it doesn't rain for ten months of the year! We are grateful to God for them as without their work it wouldn't be possible for us to do much language learning, work or ministry. We have had a few opportunities to share with them; at Christmas we watched the Jesus film together, but language barriers have meant it has been difficult to get into much depth. However, we have a great God, who works through the circumstances of our lives to make his love known to others.

While we were away recently, our teammate (another foreign lady who has good local language skills) was letting our helper into our home once a week to stay on top of the dust. One day she found the older sister in some distress, as the previous night her daughter had tried to take her own life. They talked and our helper said to our friend that for her life must be so easy, coming from the West she didn't experience many of the problems that people here experience (which is true in many ways). However, that day happened to be the tenth anniversary of the death of our friend's nephew. So she was able to share with our helper that we also experience grief and loss, but also about Jesus in whom we find our comfort. This led to an opportunity for her to pray for our helper and her family circumstances.

• Pray for the two ladies who work for us as the circumstances of their lives are not easy. Pray particularly for more opportunities to share with them and their families and that they would be increasingly open to the hope that can be found in Jesus Christ.

• Pray for wisdom for us as we seek to share Christ with our neighbours. Pray that God will lead us to spend time with the people who are open to receiving His word.

• Let’s ask God to bless, protect and prosper our field workers in their own lives and for all they do to advance His Kingdom.

• Let’s cry out to God to raise up many more labourers to bring the light of Christ and the gospel message to this needy nation.

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