From a Website to Worship
What in the world does Pioneers' Arabic website have to do with church
planting? In December 2010 this evangelistic website, geared to helping
Muslims understand that Christ is more than a prophet, attracted a record
84,000 unique visitors. About 700 people each month express their seeking
hearts by writing the email address posted on the website. The 35-member strong follow-up
team then relates to these seekers by phone, email, texting or face-to-face.
One recent visitor wanted personal contact with a follower of Jesus. So the follow-up team
arranged for one of our tentmakers to meet the enquirer.
After a decade of ministry in the Middle East, this
tentmaker, along with his ministry team, is only now
seeing their first house church of about 15 believers from
a Muslim background emerge. After meeting what turned
out to be a Druze man, they had this astounding story to
We connected this Druze man with another team
mate who lived closer to the capital where this man
was. He has now believed, led dozens in his family and
spheres of influence to the Lord and started three home
churches . . . all in the last two months! This Thursday
he was baptized. Wow ... we are blessed by the power of
media - which made this connection possible.
Maarifa is part of a multi-media ministry that AWM began 52
years ago in North Africa with Bible correspondence courses.
While over 500,000 people have studied these courses since,
only a handful has come to faith in Christ. However, since
developing the Arabic website in 2003, it is evident through escalating response that today's
Muslims are warming to the gospel. Here's one other sampling of communication from
Maarifa visitors expressing yearning hearts: "I want to be saved and do not know the way.
Please write back to me." (Egyptian).
The God of the Impossible is doing amazing things in our generation, perhaps this
Druze response suggesting that Pioneers' dream of seeing church planting movements
materializing around the world will also happen among Muslims of the Arab world. Who
would have thought that a website could lead to worship?
Are you ready to begin the journey?
A Summer Changed
What will you be doing this
summer? Finding work? Hanging
at the beach? Camping?
What if you decided not to settle
for the norm but to give God the
summer of 2011?
The Edge is a 6-10 week program that will
give you the chance to experience a new
country, use your gifts and discover what
it is really like to be a missionary, working
among unreached people of the world.
Whether you join a team and work on a
farm in Africa, help set up a web-site for
eco-tourism in Asia or reach out to the lost
of New York City, you won't be the same.
"When Edgers come back they are
changed, they have a Global world view,
they become advocates for new causes
and one out of three wants to go back fulltime,"
said Mary Russell, Edge Coordinator.
The Edge program includes a pre-field
preparation time, an orientation at the US
Pioneers office with your new team, 4-8
weeks ministering with experienced field
missionaries and finally, debriefing.
The Edge's goal is "to both mobilize and
mentor you to follow Jesus and discover
your role in God's mission."
Time is short. The summer will come and
go, either way. Join The Edge 2011 and be
For more information on how you can be
part of this opportunity please contact:
God is still leading people to full time
missionary service around the world but
who are the people He is calling? What
are their stories? One family of seven
recently arrived in their new country
of service in Asia, and they have this to
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you"
God planted in both of us parents the
desire to serve Him early in our walk with
Him. It took about twenty years for Him
to prepare us for where we are today. This
step of obedience has been an exciting
one even though we did not understand
exactly what comforts and conveniences
we were leaving behind. We understand
some of them now and they are missed.
Ten years elapsed from when God first
burdened this couple with reaching the
herdsmen for Christ to their leaving for
the field. But, as they raised their prayer
and financial support, God used that
time to prepare them physically and
spiritually to surrender to Him daily.
Although our children knew that we
were going to leave Canada to share
Jesus with the herdsmen in Asia, outside
of our apartment here there are not
many things that are familiar. Imagine
the changes for five small children from
Ontario. Everything they see, taste, touch,
smell and hear is different:
- Home in Canada was a big house in the
quiet countryside so a move to any city
would have been a culture shock. Add a
different culture and language and the
challenges become that much greater.
- Breathing the smoke from coal fires
here in the city has taken some getting
used to for all of us.
- Being from the country, our children
are not familiar with walking through
traffic or in mobs of people so we are
teaching them to be street-wise.
- Seeing the look on their faces when we
stop at a roadside outhouse at -36°C
with wind is priceless.
- Someone here recently told us that we
need to be more than flexible, we need
to be fluid. We gained a whole new
meaning for becoming fluid when nine
of us plus luggage poured into a little
car for an hour ride to our new home.
The biggest challenge, however, is the
language. We understand that if we
learn the language well, people will open
their hearts. Our desire is to bring Christ's
personal peace to the herdsmen. Though
we face challenges day by day we take
them one day at a time, trusting God will
give us what we need when we need it.
He is the author of peace and we are His
After 10 years of emails, phone calls and
visits, Pioneers-Canada and Springfield
Baptist Church sent this precious family
on their way to Mongolia in December.
The financial costs of nurturing this
important relationship were borne
out of Pioneer's Strategic Priorities
Fund. We are so thankful for those who
purposely support this fund.
Back view of new building showing prayer room on the left
Let Us Go Campaign Update
From the early envisioning stage of the Let Us
Go campaign to build a new office complex,
it seemed to me that one of the most critical
rooms in the building should be a room
dedicated to prayer. Why a room like this in a
It is simple. This Prayer Room is a practical way
to acknowledge that Jesus is worthy and that
we understand our dependence on God's daily
guidance and provision. After all:
- the missionaries we are serving work in
some of the most difficult areas of the
world. Recently, CBC reported the news of
the uprisings in North Africa and more are
expected in the Arab world.
- the world is changing at an incredible pace,
including the landscape of global mission.
The flood of refugees, war, terrorism, natural
disasters, continued urbanization and much
more do not change the mission of God but
they do change the environment in which
the mission is carried out.
- the power of God is needed to overcome
barriers of some of the items mentioned
above and just as importantly to break
down spiritual and ideological barriers in
the hearts of individual people, that can only
be broken by prayer (Eph. 6:11, 18-20 ).
As the prime "corner office," this room will be
used by the Pioneers Canada team to regularly
pray for one another and the needs of our coworkers
now serving in 23 countries. It will also
provide a quiet, reflective place for candidates
and missionaries who often come through our
office to be debriefed and to receive prayer
and encouragement. We hope even our office
can be a "place of prayer" for all who pass
through our doors, and that the answers to
those prayers will bring hope to those who
today have little opportunity to know of and
experience the love of God in Christ.
If you would like to join us in a simple way, pause
to praise the Lord for the $73,000 committed or
given so far and ask the Lord for the remaining
To donate or learn more about this campaign, visit www.letusgo.ca.
From Mongolia to the
Middle East, God is at work
and we get to be a part of it!
Yesterday, I was visiting with a
friend who had the privilege of
growing up among the Yali tribal people in Papua
New Guinea. His parents were missionaries and
he was passing on some of the adventures they
had had. This year, his family is going back to
celebrate with the Yali the arrival of the gospel to
them 50 years ago. Our friend told of how the
gospel transformed the Yali culture from being a
war-torn, cannibalistic tribe to a peaceable and
I am reminded of my days at Bible School,
enthusiastic about Jesus and the hope the gospel
brings. We were regularly hearing of the work
of God around the world. We learned of places
where the gospel had yet to be given. We prayed
for those places with the top five being (with
no known national believers): Mongolia, Libya,
Albania, the Maldives, and North Korea. What
Well, the gospel is advancing! Since the mid-80's
people in each of these places have heard and
have given their lives to Christ. I've personally
visited with some of them. And it is still a thrill
to know that many who are presently beyond the
reach of the "good news" will soon hear as a result
of some of the most strategic work taking place
on planet earth. You will not hear of it in the news.
But you can read of it in this small magazine!
Praise God that the "good news" is being carried by
His emissaries all around the world, and lives are
Donnie Scearce, Executive Director