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a Pioneers-usa publication Spring 2009 ThE ENEMy GoD Why a Pioneers team created a feature film SMS & MISSIoNS ConneCtion Reaching muslims in indonesia with text messages aDVoCaTE CIRCLES Build relationships and multiply your giving impact FROM JuNGLE TO MOuNTAINS Incarnational ministry among the unreached of Peru PRESIDENT’S LETTER DEaR FRIEND oF PIoNEERS, T his is a very exciting time to be involved in global mission. Three things in particular encourage my heart. First, the global economic downturn is forcing God’s people back to the basics. We are being reminded that life is not primarily about “things that can be seen, but things that cannot be seen” (2 Cor. 4:18). Many of us are simplifying our lives, refocusing our passions, and returning to a bedrock of prayer and faith. Second, the global mission movement is rapidly gaining momen- tum. More and more in my travels, I am meeting missionaries from Latin America, Africa, or Asia who are zealously pioneering new ministries among the least reached. They serve with a simple yet powerful faith. These people simply cannot be stopped and their numbers are growing! Third, I find the variety and creativity of modern missions to be breathtaking. You’ll see a few examples in this issue of BottomLine Connection. The gifting of God’s people is being unleashed like never before! I feel like we are witnessing a second Reformation as the body of Christ rediscovers the “missionhood of the believer.” Don’t let the doom and gloom in today’s news fool you. We are first and foremost citizens of heaven, not citizens of this world. I for one am grateful to be a witness and participant in the advancement of today’s real news—“Aslan is on the move.” Grateful for your partnership, Steve Richardson is president of Pioneers- usa Your Pioneers missionary needs 15 minutes of your time. Find out how you can help on page 10. 2 BottomLine ConneCtion FROM JunGLe to MOunTAInS A visit with Pioneers teams in Peru debunks the notion that Latin America is already reached with the gospel. By Matt Green T h e hou r a n d a half flight from Pucallpa, That was until a Caquinte leader looked at Peru, to the village of Tsoroja is akin to travel- a jungle flower and said to himself, “Someone ing back in time. The endless canopy of vivid must have made this flower.” Later, he saw a jungle slides under the plane, unbroken for vision in which a man instructed him to visit miles, except by wandering brown rivers and a neighboring tribe where a Wycliffe Bible tiny settlements of palm-roofed huts. The Translators team was serving. This in turn Caquinte, the people group that makes Tso- led to a Wycliffe team coming to live among roja its home, was once an elusive, nomadic the Caquinte, translate the New Testament tribe, avoiding contact with other tribes and and begin a literacy program. Westerners alike, unaware of the gospel. “Now that the translation is complete, that’s BottomLine ConneCtion 3 Previous Page: Rugged and isolated, the Carumas Valley is home to 15,000 Aymara. Previous Page (Inset): Caquinte children in Tsoroja now have access to the gospel through the partnership of Wycliffe Bible Translators and Pioneers. Top Left: Shad and Heather Welsh’s porch in Tsoroja is a gathering place for village children. Top Right: Scott and Nichole Welsh with Stephen and Govi; Shad and Heather Welsh with Davin and Dani. Center: The Welsh families built homes in Tsoroja at the edge of a grass airstrip. Bottom Left: In Arequipa, Café Berea doubles as a church and coffee shop—a hangout for students from the nearby college and a hotspot for Saturday morning Bible studies. Bottom Right: Shane and Carey Treadway with Colette and Solana, now make their home in Carumas, where they minister among the Aymara. 4 BottomLine ConneCtion where we come in,” says Shad Welsh, of the tian witness in the centuries since the Spanish Pioneers team in Tsoroja. “To learn the lan- conquistadores imported Roman Catholicism— guage and use that translation to teach in their which the Aymara promptly assimilated into heart language, to disciple and raise up a body their traditional animistic beliefs. The need is of believers that is an autonomous church great for strong churches to reproduce among sending its own missionaries.” the villages scattered throughout the valley. Prior to their arrival in Tsoroja, Shad and his Already fluent in Spanish, the Pioneers team wife, Heather, and Scott and Nichole Welsh in Carumas is learning the Aymara dialect and (Shad and Scott are brothers) and their chil- building relationships among the inhabitants of dren served in a different region of Peru, train- the valley, seeking God for innovative ways of ing indigenous believers for ministry among connecting the few scattered believers and rais- isolated tribes. Workers from Pioneers and ing up leaders to begin a church-planting move- other ministries are seeing progress in train- ment among the Aymara. Like their counter- ing and empowering tribal believers to take parts in the jungle, ministry in the highlands is the gospel to these villages. all about relationships—from attending funer- The role of the Pioneer in this village is that als and baby showers to helping neighbors haul of a chainsaw repairman, hunter, nurse, soc- potatoes home from their farms. cer player, carpenter and friend to whomever “Because this is such a culture of work, we’ve happens to drop by during the day … or night. found that one of the best ways to get to know Ministry happens in the context of real life— these people is to join them in the work of their language learning, child-rearing, sharing a daily lives,” Shane notes. piece of fish on the way down to the river for A long-term goal of the Carumas team is to the daily bathtime. In the tight-knit commu- use Aymara radio programming to sow seeds nity, boundaries are fuzzy, and the life of a of the gospel among the villages that dot the believing family becomes an unwitting show- isolated valley. Although the Aymara have case of God’s presence, in contrast to the wife- scant access to the Internet and print publi- swapping, child abuse and alcoholism that cations in their language, radios are ubiqui- often plague jungle communities. tous—on the windowsills of their homes and Although Latin America is sometimes strapped to their backs while they tend sheep considered “reached,” a visit to Tsoroja is a and harvest crops. reminder that there are still swaths of isolated Although the mountains and jungle of Peru jungle that are home to people groups and represent the vivid contrasts in this nation’s communities yet to see an authentic, incarna- geography and culture, the common denomi- tional presentation of the gospel. nator is the spiritual famine that plagues a Nearly 600 miles south of Tsoroja, in the arid part of the world many consider reached with highlands of the Peruvian Andes not far from the gospel. the Chilean border, another Pioneers team has begun ministry in the Carumas Valley, a seven-hour drive from Arequipa and the near- est airport. The fertile valley is home to nearly 15,000 members of the Aymara people group, sheep herders and oregano growers known for their women’s year-round festive apparel. Ancient terraces curl around the rugged slopes like dusty green snakes, and graceful eucalyp- tus trees sway in the dry mountain air. Shane and Carey Treadway had planted a church based in a coffee shop in Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru, when they felt a call to start a ministry in the isolated Carumas valley. They discipled a Peruvian national to lead the church and manage the Matt Green, director of communications for coffee shop, so the transition was a natu- Pioneers-usa, traveled to Peru to report on ral shift into pioneering ministry among an ministry in the region. To see a video interview unreached people group. Soon after, Pio- with the Welsh families and to view more photos neers Tom and Janet Weist and their chil- of Peru, visit movefurther.org . To give to the dren joined the Treadways in Carumas. Peru Radio Project, visit pioneers.org/give Historically, the valley has seen scant Chris- and click on Global Projects. BottomLine ConneCtion 5 15 minutes of your time could make a world of difference. Find out how on page 10. aDVoCaTE CIRCLES AdvocATe INTRoDuCING circles Multiplying your investment in kingdom initiatives The habit of through personal global project or Advocate Circle dropping a few invitation. Each missionary needs allows us to combine bucks in the church group is facilitated and challenges. At our gifts with others offering plate and by a “manager” who the end of a year, and make a bigger heading home for provides very basic circles could grow impact than we could pot roast is leaving direction concerning and multiply into two have by ourselves.” many people feeling project updates and or three. “Thanks for giving empty—and they’re meeting logistics. Although Advocate us the opportunity not sure it was that Advocate Circles Circles collectively to become cheerful biblical to begin with. are fun, easy to choose a global givers. These projects Similarly, the days manage and attend, project or missionary really fuel my heart of writing a check and edifying to your to support, members with a desire to give to a missionary or spiritual growth. give individually more out of the global ministry once Gatherings often each month (helpful abundance God has a month—and not include a social time, for those desiring given me.” thinking about that facilitated discus- the tax benefit.) “The Lord has ministry again until sion, project update, Typically, amounts loosed something in next month—have left and praying for your range from $25 to my heart giving me givers disconnected $200 per person (or hope because I now from reaching the couple) each month. feel once again that unreached. Rather “I’m trying to Essentially, the goal I am making a differ- than being several is to make a bigger ence somewhere for steps removed, live a more collective kingdom God’s kingdom work.” Advocate Circles generous life impact than you Interested in connect you directly but, to be would on your own. launching an to the ministry you Here’s what some Advocate Circle support. In essence, honest, part- people are saying among your friends, they bridge the gap nering with about their Advocate in your dorm, at your between givers and others could Circles: church? Visit pio- receivers. “My wife and I neers.org/advocate Here’s how they work: really help can’t afford to give circles, or contact Advocate Circles me live it out.” a whole lot, but our Pioneers today! could look any way you want them to. Some could be virtual, while others meet in a home or coffee shop once every month or two. They are made up of a group of people who commit to gather and pool their resources to give to a global project or a missionary. Advocate Circles begin and grow 6 BottomLine ConneCtion The Ripple Effect How small investments in the kingdom can make an eternal difference. By Robert Wassel Gr ow i n G u p a r ou n d l a k e s , sionaries into unreached people I’ve probably skipped hundreds of groups—if we can raise an addi- smooth stones across the water. tional $250,000—before the June One thing that has always caught 30th deadline! That is $500,000 my attention is the series of rip- that will create a ripple effect ples that are made by one small toward engaging unreached peo- stone. Although the stone is little, ples with the good news of Jesus! and barely skims the surface of We are calling on those that the water, the ripples reach out are passionate about making His far beyond their point of origin. name known to consider a one- During these tough economic times, I want time gift that will enable Pioneers to extend you to know just how much we appreciate the our reach into communities that have never ripple effect you make through your prayer heard the gospel. Any gift you give will be dou- and financial support. It is making an eternal bled (matched) by this foundation, creating a impact that reaches far into His kingdom! ripple effect on your “kingdom investment.” Even in the midst of the global financial cri- Your gift of $100.00 becomes $200.00, or sis, the Pioneers community can confidently $1,000 becomes $2,000! point to the work of God in drawing many to Would you prayerfully consider giving to this Himself. New teams are being established and initiative and help Pioneers carry the hope of churches are being planted among the least Christ to forgotten peoples? If you would like reached. Pioneers-usa appointed 405 new to partner with Pioneers, or if you know others missionaries over the past three years. This who would like to strategically leverage their is nothing short of miraculous, as the Lord is resources through this unique opportunity answering our prayers for quality workers! please use the attached response slip. Again, One of the amazing ways God is keeping watch thank you for your sacrifices and passion to over Pioneers is through a recent matching gift make Christ known among the nations! from a private foundation. They will give Pio- r obe r T wa s s e l neers $250,000 toward mobilizing more mis- V p of a dVa nc e m e n T “aNy GIFT you GIVE WILL BE DouBLED (MaTChED) By ThIS FouNDaTIoN, CREaTING a RIPPLE EFFECT oN youR kINGDoM INVESTMENT.” BottomLine ConneCtion 7 GLoBaL GLIMPSES Eastern Europe China This month, my friend Bethany turned 21. As she explained to me, the “You” culture doesn’t believe in celebrating birthdays because it takes focus away from Allah. If only they knew how much their true Creator China Ghana delights in life! I sensed that Bethany was saddened by this tradition, so I China I walk around different neighbor- asked if it would be hoods for hours each week, praying OK if we had a small party in honor of her for our city. one day a local believer birthday. She cheer- stopped and thanked me for influenc- fully accepted, and hungary After ing her life. honestly, I felt I have had attending English we had a wonderful time at Bethany’s first very little influence on her life, but she camp in 2007, Gabi birthday party. We started telling me the many ways God began attending our laughed, we danced church for the first used our family to challenge and bless time and, soon after, and I saw a joyful side of her that I had her. as the conversation progressed I was baptized. As with never seen before. asked, “how many house churches are most new believers Over and over again in our church, Gabi you aware of in this city?” She shocked is a first-generation she kept whispering to me, “I am so happy me when she replied, “Probably 90 to Christian. There was today!” I continue 100.” My follow-up question was, “how no encouragement to pray that Bethany from his family to many were there 10 years ago?” She seek God, rather and others will get to experience a new answered, “I wasn’t aware of a single many instances of kind of birthday, one.” Then she surprised me as she resistance. But when one for which all of you ask Gabi how continued, “I am glad the government you can pray for Heaven will celebrate and one for which keeps pressure on Chinese believers. him, he will usually rejoicing will not end. It keeps us sincere and genuine.” respond, “Please pray for my sister Niki and my mom Kati to come to know Jesus Christ as Savior.” Last year, Gabi began bringing Niki to many of our ministry events, and his mother Kati stepped into our church for the first time in 2008. They both commented that there was a noticeable change in Gabi after he became a Christian. God is multiplying the work he began in Gabi in Petofibanya as he serves in our VBS and English camp that ministers Hungary to Hungarians from various regions. 8 BottomLine ConneCtion Eastern Europe The neighborhood boys stared in defiance as I pulled into the driveway. We had already had a few run-ins, so they didn’t like me and I didn’t like them. But today something was different. a couple of the hoods were cradling musical instruments—guitars! I was tired and intended to slip past them, but a small voice told me to check it out. I could feel the hostility as I walked up. “Can I see your guitar?” They snickered but then handed one over. as soon as I tweaked one of the tuning keys, a rusty old string popped. More laughter. But one thing led to another, and soon they were all sitting at my picnic table while I repaired, restrung and tuned their guitars. Then came the request. “Would you teach us how to play?” The following week, as we sat down for the first lesson, I explained, “By the way, I teach guitar using songs about God.” They looked at each other and protested that they were Muslims. “Sorry, the lessons are free, but those are my conditions.” It’s been about six months now. They come faithfully every Wednes- day, and the group has grown to eight. They have come to some youth group meetings, and one boy has started attending the Bible study. In the meantime, my daughters say there’s been a miraculous change in their street manners. Instead of rude comments, the boys now wave politely to them and make their friends do the same. Still, my daughter said it was shocking the first time she came home to find the neighborhood terror sitting in her living room strumming. “I am so glad the government keeps pressure on believers. It keeps us sincere and genuine.” – a Chinese Christian Ghana During a Middle East Bolivia Ella got into Japan Ten years recent conference, Recently, while return- trouble while helping ago, Kinue Yoshida local beliefs delayed ing home from a trip, I her friend send a and her family lived our Tuesday outing to picked up a hitch- not-so-pleasant in Tokyo where she the beach. We were hiker standing on the message to a rival for met a missionary told that beaches are roadside holding out a particular young named Becky, who closed on Tuesdays his hand. The con- man. She had been invited Mrs. Yoshida because some versation rolled on attending our Bible to study the Bible with Ghanaians believe from family to work to study but immedi- her while their two the sea god rests George W. Bush and ately stopped com- young daughters that day. Wednesday finally to questions of ing to church after played. Daily they morning found us the heart. I explained the incident became studied the Scriptures, sitting on an empty about grace and public. I sought her and two years later, beach under a wide forgiveness and out to talk about it, Mrs. Yoshida and her yellow umbrella. asked him if he had and she expressed daughter accepted David went in for read the Good Book. that she felt Christ. Her family told a swim but quickly Nathan hadn’t but ashamed to go back her that she must returned after only was eager to read to church. We studied choose between this a few minutes. He it. When we arrived what the Bible Jesus and her family. said the water was at Nathan’s home, I had to say about With a broken heart littered with garbage. realized he lived in a repentance and and trembling body, I decided to stay in village in the interior forgiveness. It would Mrs. Yoshida drove to the shade and watch of our country totally have been easy to the church, prayed the tide bring in the untouched by any miss the opportunity with the other Chris- trash. Sadly, just to form of the good with Ella, and it tians and stepped our left, the tide also news. As I drove causes me to reflect into the baptismal brought ashore the away, I felt like light on the times when I waters. She grew in body of a baby who had been brought for didn’t make the extra her faith, and her life had been thrown into the first time to a dark effort to reach out to reflected God’s grace the ocean to drown. place. What a joy! someone around me. and love. Soon her We watched as a husband became crowd gathered to a Christian. Several see the abandoned years later, her par- infant, saw some walk ents accepted Christ away shaking their because of the joy heads in disbelief and peace they saw and heard others in the Yoshidas’ lives. voice disgust at such Becky had many a heart-rending act. American Christians We left the beach praying for Mrs. remembering again Yoshida’s salvation. why we’re here and “They prayed for me,” saying to ourselves, Japan she says. “And I didn’t “This is Africa.” even know.” BottomLine ConneCtion 9 RESouRCES a Pioneers team uses film to tell the story of the yanomamö people group In a true story with the Yanomamö, to the question that award-winner at film of life and death in that finally brings their many shamans ask, festivals and chal- the Amazon rainfor- true story to the world. “Who is this other lenges secular and est, The Enemy God It is a story of man’s spirit, who I know Christian audiences recounts the life of search for spiritual as my enemy?” His with a powerful story Shake, an extraordi- truth and a story of search for the answer of faith and hope. nary Yanomamö sha- a people who are will forever be seen Information about the man. His interaction caught between two as a turning point in film can be found at with the spirit world worlds—the old, a Yanomamö history. theenemygod.com. gives us an insider’s culture in bondage to The Yanomamö The film is also avail- look at what is taking fear and superstition, themselves asked able as a pre-release place in the spiritual and a new one of 10X to make a film edition DVD from battle for his people. hope and freedom. to tell their story. The Caleb Resources The Enemy God is And it is the story of dream of Yanomamö (calebresources. a motion picture, the radical transfor- brothers and sisters org) and it is avail- produced by 10X mation that occurred is a reality today. able for screenings Productions (a Pioneers when he dared to The Enemy God is in churches and team) in partnership search out the answer already a multiple- schools. Children at Risk: What your family can do More than 1.2 billion children around the world grow up without hope and basic necessities. This large group is normally untouched by the message of God’s love and compas- sion. What can we do? Red Card: Standing against oppression, Providing hope is a new curriculum on children at risk created by Caleb Resources, a Pioneers team based in Denver. The unique feature of Red Card is the target audience—families. It builds family unity and empowers kids to become advocates for vulnerable children, their own peers. This 8-week family class raises awareness of six different types of children at risk: children in poverty, orphans, street kids, child laborers, children of war, and children affected by hIV/aIDS. hands-on learning allows participants to step into the daily lives of children at risk, motivating them to make a difference. Red Card will be available June 1. For more information and a sample lesson, go to redcardkids.org. Working Together to advance God’s kingdom Pioneers Partner Survey Over the next here’s how: three years, Pioneers will embark on our Confirm your survey Security Code most critical endeavor to date, positioning printed near your address on the back ourselves to reach out with greater depth cover of this issue. and breadth to unreached peoples world- Visit the website of our survey partner: wide. As a community of missionaries and www.gocrossdrive.com and click on financial partners, we will need to work the survey link. together more closely than ever in order to Enter the Security Code to achieve what God is calling us to do. start the survey. your Voice Is Important You are already supporting one or more Pioneers Please respond by May 15. missionaries as part of your own personal Your opinion matters. commitment to share the gospel. We also need you to contribute important feed- “Please tell us what is important back and insight through this survey, to to you in this confidential online help us understand your perspectives on survey.” - Steve R and priorities for our work. 10 BottomLine ConneCtion MaSS MEDIa& ChuRCh PLaNTING By Dwight McGuire Recently, a Pioneers team, in collaboration with other organizations, aired Mel Gib- son’s Passion of the Christ on national television in a Muslim-majority country. From that showing, we had 65,000 people respond using text messages requesting a video called The Secret Life —we chose to use text messaging as a response system because radicals monitor other response systems such as Internet or local mail. In the video were testimonies of people who From this experience we changed our media explained how God had changed them. If the strategy from using persuasion messages to respondent wanted more information, he could using media that highlights issues that Muslims send us a text message to receive a discussion struggle with in their religion. In the past we cre- guide. In this guide the respondent was asked if ated television programs to which as few as 100 they wanted to receive the Injil (Muslim term for people would respond. By switching our focus the New Testament). Of the 6,500 Muslims who to looking for seekers, we often had over 100,000 asked for the Injil, we know of 85 who made pro- respondents, eventually leading to dozens of fessions of faith. Interestingly, of the 85, 25 were discussion groups—precursors to cell churches. not individuals, but small groups that gathered Some of these discussion groups went on to split to discuss the videos and Injil. These groups were several times, becoming a cluster of cell groups spread over five states and among many of the that provided mutual support for one another. people groups that Pioneers is seeking to reach. Paul was a master at using mass media in Research has shown that mass media is church planting. Scan the book of Acts: Paul poor at persuading people to consider other can be seen using the public speaking forum religions, but is effective at identifying people of the synagogues to identify God-fearing who are in the searching mode. Our ministry Gentiles and speaking at the lecture hall of team discovered this while my wife and I were Tyrannus, marketplaces and the Areopagus. serving with Pioneers in a Muslim-majority country. Through the mass media “public forum” Paul My job was to use media in church planting. was looking for those who were seeking God Many of our first projects were gospel oriented through Judaism and other religions. He was media, but often the response rate was paltry seeking seekers—seekers who became house at best. Often, those who responded were bent churches in cities like Berea, Philippi, Corinth on arguing that Islam was a better religion or, in and Athens. some cases, were threatening us with harm. Creative use of mass media, national televi- In conducting a research project in an area sion, videos, text messaging, the Injil and small where a missionary was seeing success in using discussion groups are an integral part of Pioneers’ media, I noticed that he was using media not to passion to see church planting movements persuade, but to open up dialogue. He offered begin among the unreached. various booklets or stickers, about which people Dwight McGuire is a Pioneer who has served with could respond with their thoughts. Little content his family in Southeast Asia. Currently, he is mis- was given, but people were engaged in the pro- siologist in residence at Pioneers- usa, conducting cess. This is consistent with the axiom, “Don’t tell research and consulting teams on the use of people what to think, but what to think about.” media to reach Muslim people groups. BottomLine ConneCtion 11 Non-Profit Org. U.S. POSTAGE 10123 William Carey Drive PAID Orlando, FL 32832-6931 Permit #4118 Address Service Requested Orlando, FL MoVING? Help us save money by sending us your updated address GET INVoLVED! 1.800.755.7284 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pioneers.org IN CaNaDa: 51 Byron Ave., Dorchester, ON N0L 1G2 Toll Free: 866-268-8778 519-268-8778 www.pioneers.ca email@example.com a PIONEERS-uSA publication To sign up for BottomLine Update, the monthly e-newsletter with timely information about what God is doing around the world, visit ConneCtion www.bottomlinemedia.org.
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