Pioneers began with one man’s vision to go to the hard places for Christ. Founded in 1979 by Ted and Peggy Fletcher, Pioneers had a mandate “to preach the gospel where Christ was not known” (Romans 15:20). That became a reality as God opened doors for workers into some of the most challenging areas of the world. Today Pioneers totals more than 3,100 international members serving on 315 church-planting teams in 108 countries. They are sent from numerous mobilization bases and offices worldwide and minister among 207 unreached people groups.
Pioneers Canada was formed out of a merger with World Outreach Fellowship in 1993, and the growth of the ministry has been steady ever since. WOF had served the Canadian church since 1982 in sending short-term teams through SPRINT and in sending long-term workers primarily to unreached areas of Latin America. In 2010, Pioneers and Arab World Ministries united to strengthen the work in the Middle East and North Africa. Canadians have been called by God to serve in 22 different countries around the world, many requiring non-traditional and creative means of being in the country.
In Acts 13, the Holy Spirit, through the church at Antioch, sent Paul and Barnabas to the most needy people of their generation. Local churches and individuals in Canada are still hearing Jesus say “Let Us Go” to those with the least opportunity to know of His transforming love. And like Paul and Barnabas, these people are by faith accepting His leading to some of the most difficult and challenging areas of our world, and Pioneers continues to serve alongside and encourage each one.