GLOBAL MISSIONS

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Our Mission
Expanding God’s Kingdom by planting and developing cross-cultural, reproducing, transformational churches.

Our Global Missions Values: “The 7 C’s”

Constant Prayer: We recognize that our calling to global missions and the strength that we need to be successful in this endeavor comes completely from God.  Therefore, our entire global missions effort will be driven by a total reliance on the Lord through prayer.

Centrality of the Local Church: We are committed to the centrality of the local church in preparing, supporting and sending global missionaries.

Church-wide Involvement: Our global missions effort will involve as many people in the church as possible.  We will exhort our congregation to identify and exercise their specific God-directed role(s) of sender, goer, mobilizer, welcomer, and/or intercessor.

Comprehensive Approach: Our approach to missions will be holistic, in that we will work hard to meet not only the spiritual needs of those to whom we minister, but we will also strive to meet their physical, mental, and emotional needs as well.

Cooperation: We are committed to forging partnerships with other like-minded churches and organizations who can help us accomplish our global outreach strategy.

Complete Missionary Care: We will adequately prepare our global missionaries before they go; provide strong financial support for them the entire time they’re on the field; maintain a strong personal relationship and commitment to them on the field; strongly uphold them in prayer the entire time they’re on the field; and we will be committed to helping them finish the task they’ve been called to and provide for them a clear exit and re-entry strategy.

Courageous Consideration: We are not afraid to take the gospel of Jesus to unreached people – not limited to but including those living in the 10/40 Window.  The remoteness and danger of these areas will not hinder us from going if the Lord leads us there. Therefore, as we consider mission fields, we will prayerfully and courageously consider high-risk areas with hard-to-reach people.

10-40_window_mapWhen it comes to global missions, we are committed to sharing Christ with unreached people living in the 10/40 Window. The 10/40 Window is a rectangle that extends from 10 degrees north to 40 degrees north of the equator, from West Africa to East Asia. Over 100 million of the billion and half people living in this area have never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel and find new life in Christ.  Even at the present time, most missionaries and resources go to countries where there is already a significant Christian witness. These mission efforts are, of course, important, but what about those who have never even had the chance to hear about Christ?  Here’s what we are doing about them…

South Asia
In 1992, we adopted an unreached people group in South Asia that we refer to as The Angus People.  They are an oppressed people group of approximately 2.5 million Muslim people.  In 1992, there were no known followers of Jesus among them.  We partnered with other churches and mission agencies in an attempt to reach the Angus and birth an indigenous local church – even sending some of our own people to live in South Asia to work among them.  The breakthrough came in 1995 when two Angus brothers surrendered their lives to the rule and reign of Jesus.  Shortly thereafter, their entire families came to Christ.  These two brothers have become leaders of a Christian movement that have seen thousands of Muslims place their faith in Jesus.  Today, there are some 1000 home churches that have been birthed in this movement all over South Asia and the Middle East.  We continue to be heavily involved in this work through support of a key missionary there and through the development of training materials that are being translated and used to train the leaders of this movement.

North Africa
In 2005, we adopted an unreached people group in North Africa that we refer to as The Bean People.  They are a nomadic people group of between 3 and 3 ½ million living in a large arid area of Northern Africa. They are culturally Muslim. As their government tries to make them stronger Muslims by imposing Arabic culture on them, it has opened the door to take the gospel to them as they seek what truth is. We have sent people from our own church to live in North Africa and join the work.  They’ve been there for 9 years, and our plan is to send more from our church to join them there!  Our prayer is that an indigenous church will one day be planted among the Bean.

East Africa
Walking in the Way of Christ and the Apostles is a course in Christian discipleship and leadership training developed by a team of people from Foothills Fellowship, led our own Dr. Peter Briggs,. In 2009, members of the team were invited to bring the study to Nairobi, Kenya to train pastors and church leaders there, and since then an African leadership team has been developed and is leading the charge  .The African leaders estimate that thousands of lives have been touched by this course.  The teaching is now spreading to additional locations within Kenya as well as locations in neighboring Tanzania to the south and Uganda to the east.  This course is a frontal assault on nominalism – which is rampant in Kenya as it is in the U.S. and elsewhere.  Nominalism is the inevitable result of evangelism without discipleship, which has characterized the proclamation of the gospel in East Africa.  Because any given community of Christians is, at most, only two generations removed from becoming nominal, there is a great sense of urgency to bringing revival to East Africa.  Here’s a web site with more information: www.daystarinstitutenm.us

Japan
Japan is a country that has been engaged with the gospel of Christ for decades but has seen only a very small percentage (2%) of the 127 million people place their faith and trust in Christ. For the past 30 years, our own Leon and Cheryl Hill have been faithfully serving the Japanese church as church planters and supporters. Under their ministry, they have seen hundreds of people come to Christ in a country where Christian conversion is rare. Foothills Fellowship has supported them for years through financial support, prayer support, and field visits.