In 2000, Global Frontier Missions (GFM) was founded as Grant and Jennifer Haynes served among the 30 unreached people groups of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. Their goal was to see the Good News of Jesus being preached and disciples made among the 80 villages that had no believers, no Bible, and no churches within two hours of their mountain market town of Tlaxiaco. To fulfill that vision, they hosted short-term mission teams, summer interns, started an indigenous Bible school for the national believers, developed a missionary training school to equip more laborers, all while spending time in the villages doing evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. The ministry began to grow over the years and God expanded their vision to not only reach the lost in Mexico, but to be used by God to raise up laborers to serve among the remaining 6900 ethnic groups (nations) that are still considered unreached with the Gospel.
In 2006, GFM began traveling into the 10/40 window where over 95% of the remaining unreached people groups live. After sharing the state of the world with short-term mission teams for so many years, it was time to go out into the harvest field and do something about it ourselves. We started in Morocco, and then went on to India and Thailand. As we scouted places to send potential short-term teams and long-term church planting teams, the Lord laid on our hearts the “THUMBs Up” vision. THUMB stands for Tribals, Hindus, Unreligious/Chinese, Muslims, and Buddhists. In 2008, we felt like the Lord was beginning to ask GFM to expand beyond Mexico to establish mobilization, training, and multiplication hubs among each of those main religious groups……
In 2009, GFM began really seeking the Lord as to what the next step was in fulfilling this THUMBs up vision. While considering new locations in the 10/40 window, GFM leadership felt like God told them to consider the United States which sounded contrary to our vision of taking the gospel to the remaining unreached people groups. However, we researched and discovered that at least 361 unreached people groups were coming to the US as refugees, immigrants, and international students. God began to change our hearts and missions strategy and we began dreaming about what would happen if we were able to make disciples of these people, and many of them returned to their own people as a witness for Christ.
As we began to understand globalization and diaspora (movement of people) missiology, we saw how strategic it would be to not only send people TO the 10/40 window, but to welcome those that are coming FROM the 10/40 window. We developed what we called “the Jerusalem strategy”. When reading the story of the early church in Acts, we see that Jesus said that the gospel would be preached to all nations starting in Jerusalem. Why there? Because Acts 2 tells us that in Jerusalem, there were people dwelling from many different Gentile nations. So, the disciples needed the Holy Spirit in order to fulfill the Great Commission and Jerusalem made a great launching pad since people from all over the world were living there. When the Holy Spirit shows up on the day of Pentecost, He starts sharing Good News in all kinds of different languages. We get the sense that some of those people began scattering from there to take Christ back to their own people like the Ethiopian eunuch did. So, GFM began looking for “melting pots” and economic/cultural/religious metropolises in the United States and throughout the world where God is gathering the nations.
In 2009, we launched our Atlanta location which was our first ministry hub in the United States. In 2013, we sent out our first team to the 10/40 window to start a GFM location to focus on unreached people groups in South Asia which was the beginning of the fulfillment of the THUMBs Up vision. In 2015, we added Richmond, VA as our next location in the U.S. We look forward to establishing many more hubs to mobilize, train, and multiply disciples.
Over the past fifteen years, Global Frontier Missions has seen hundreds of people go through Short Term Missions Trips, Summer Missionary Internships, and Missionary Training Schools. Many of those participants have been called to long-term missions and are working in different parts of the world. They are in places like India, Bangladesh, Vanuatu, Morocco, and Thailand serving with partner organizations such as Pioneers, Frontiers, Operation Mobilization, SIM, and Team Expansion. Others are involved through prayer, giving, mobilizing, and welcoming internationals.
We are committed to reaching the remaining 7,000 unreached people groups of the world and will always have a focus on places where there are no Christians or churches. Our goal is to see indigenous church planting movements started among all peoples of the earth. Pray about how YOU can get involved in reaching those that have never heard.
To read more about our vision for the future, both in the USA and the 10/40 window, go to the future of Global Frontier Missions page.