How would you like to walk out of your front door and share life, food, and stories with people from Colombia, Burma, Nepal, Iraq, Ethiopia and Sudan? That is exactly what happens every day for people that come to serve with Global Frontier Missions in the Clarkston area of Atlanta, Georgia. We encourage you to pray about joining GFM for a two month summer internship or come for between five months to a year to undergo robust missionary training. Finally, you could take the ultimate plunge and come join our staff and live intentionally right in the middle of this wonderful melting pot.
Northeast Atlanta has proven to be one of the most strategic places in the world to reach the nations and is a great launching pad for fulfilling the Great Commission. In the past 10 years, over one million people have immigrated to Atlanta from all over the world. New York Times magazine called Clarkston the most diverse square mile in America and it has also been written about in best selling books like What is the What and Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference. Clarkston has also been highlighted in the news and media as well as in several short films because of its diversity and influx of refugees. Check out the short video below and see why you should come visit us in Atlanta!
Clarkston, Atlanta, GA is a perfect mission field to minister to the nations that are coming to the United States. There are many short and long-term opportunities to do mission work in Clarkston.There is a significant population of Asian Indians, Muslims, Africans, Chinese, and Hispanics for missionaries that feel called to minister to those people groups. The local high school boasts students from 54 countries speaking 47 different languages. Because of the diversity, Global Frontier Missions chose Clarkston as its first US location to start a missionary training school. Why not spend time ministering to the least of these “here” before we go to reach them over “there”? God tells us to meet physical and spiritual needs, and Clarkston has plenty of both!
When reading the story of the early church in the book of Acts, we see that the Gospel spread quickly from Jerusalem to many Gentile nations because it was a city where people from all over the world had gathered. Atlanta is one of the main “Jerusalems” in the southeastern USA due to it being a cultural, economic, and religious crossroads, particularly since the 1996 Olympic Games. People from many different countries (145) and ethnic groups (761) live in Clarkston and Northeast Atlanta including Nepalis, Cambodians, Iranians, Somalis, Burmese, Bhutanese, Sudanese, Laotians, Indonesians, and more. The majority of these are refugees who have had to flee for their lives from their own countries and have been invited by the United Nations and US government to be here legally. Clarkston provides an amazing opportunity to present the gospel to those that have never even heard the name of Christ without ever getting a passport!
GFM Atlanta is involved with picking refugees up from the airport, helping them learn English, providing job training, assisting them in putting together resumes to find jobs, running afterschool programs, leading summer camps, making disciples, and planting churches. God has a special place in his heart for orphans, widows, and foreigners, and He commands us to have compassion and to love the least of these. The biggest felt need as we talk to the people in Clarkston is friendship, so consider joining us to help us to love our new neighbors. We have been praying for more laborers to follow in Christ’s footsteps and come move into the neighborhood. Clarkston is made up of 80% multi-housing, providing a wonderful opportunity for Christians renting an apartment unit or two in each of the complexes to “dwell among them” and bring Good News!
One of our goals at GFM is to help churches get excited and strategic about reaching out to international students, refugees, and immigrants living close to them and seeing as many people as possible getting involved in praying, giving, and going to the unreached people groups of the earth. We are working closely with other churches and organizations in Atlanta such as Perimeter Church, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Whirlwind Missions, Friends of Refugees, World Relief, Mission to the World, and The Mission Society. The body of Christ is going to have to work together if we are going to reach out to the 2500 new refugees that come to Clarkston each year. Our goal is to see every refugee “adopted” by a local Christian family to help them get adjusted to their new life here in America. Only about 20% of them are currently being served! Check out the video below to see how missions organizations are working together to see this community transformed with the love of Christ.
Global Frontier Missions in Atlanta hosts Summer Missionary Internships, two Missionary Training Schools, and a Missionary Apprenticeship each year. For more information on any of these missions opportunities, please contact us. If you live near or go to church in the Atlanta area, please let us know so we can get you involved! We have opportunities available for those interested in helping in our after-school programs and ESL classes. Additionally, we are always looking for partners to come alongside our church planting efforts as well. For our strategic church partners, we offer one-day, weekend, and week long Short Term Missions Trips throughout the year, and we invest significantly in efforts to support missions training, mobilization, and multiplication in partnership with these churches. If you’re church is interested in taking the next step towards a strategic church partnership with GFM, please contact us.
To learn more about our other GFM locations, please visit our Richmond and South Asia pages. As God provides more laborers in the future, we hope to add new GFM locations in other multi-cultural cities.