Is God calling you serve Him and make His name great among the nearly 2,000 UPG’s of South Asia? If so, Global Frontier Missions is here to help you in your journey.
Did you know that recent studies show that most missionaries last only about two years on the mission field? After working and serving among unreached people groups for six years in South Asia and seeing this missionary burnout firsthand, GFM began asking the question: Why? We surveyed workers who were leaving the field prematurely, and almost ALL of them pointed to problems in five main areas. Most of the reasons people are leaving the mission field are very preventable and just require some solid on-the-job training which is where we fit in.
Because of the high attrition of missionaries leaving the field, Global Frontier Missions decided to develop our “SLICE” program to help equip laborers for long-term effectiveness and success for those desiring to serve in unreached areas of South Asia. Strategy, Language, Identity, Culture and Exalting Jesus are crucial areas for missionaries to grow in if they want to last on the field. Our six month to two year program offers “on the job” training in each of these areas. The SLICE program is specifically designed for people who are working or desire to work with UPGs in South Asia. The heart of the SLICE program is to assist missionaries as they navigate their first term on the field and to equip believers with the tools necessary to see His Word spread throughout all of Asia.
Located in the heart of an immigrant city, with access to each of the THUMB (Tribal, Hindu, Unreligious, Muslim, Buddhist) people groups, our training base is the perfect place to lay a strong foundation for future work, whether in this city or other parts of Asia. Our SLICE program provides practical, real-life experience for missionaries to learn, grow, live, and love among those in our community. It is a great first step for people wanting to work in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc. as we can help people focus on Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Nepali, Tibetan languages and more!
During the SLICE program, you will be equipped in the five main areas below:
Finding the right strategy (or method) to fulfill the calling God has given you is essential in order to make your vision a reality. Walking alongside seasoned missionaries and learning/implementing different strategies is one of the best ways to determine if a method fits you and your calling. In our SLICE program, you will connect with seasoned missionaries using a variety of different strategies. These missionaries will pour into you not only theory, but years of practical wisdom from their experiences on the field. They will encourage, train, challenge, and provide you with opportunities to see different methods of sharing Him among the people of South Asia.
“We don’t do language, we do people, and people talk a lot!” Learning the heart language of your people group is absolutely critical to life and ministry in South Asia. Through the Growing Redemptive Participator Approach of language learning, we will show you how language learning is 1) fun 2) ministry 3) essential for learning culture and thriving to your new environment. We currently offer classes in Hindi, Bengali and Nepali as you are taught by local language nurturers.
Having a strategy and speaking language is great, but if no one trusts you enough to listen to your message, the rest is worth very little. South Asia is a place where identity is everything. Without an identity that makes sense to your people group and the government, you can be immediately ostracized from the community and possibly even barred from entering the country. Our identity training walks you through the process of choosing an identity that allows you to engage and build trust in your target community. In addition to our GFM South Asia staff, we’re connected with many other Business As Mission professionals who will help coach you in finding an identity that matches both your vision and desired location.
Learning and adapting to culture is another huge piece of the SLICE program. Culture includes anything and everything related to the people and places of South Asia—what the people do, how they do it, and all the attitudes and practices in between. During your time in our city, we will teach you different skills to help you understand the culture and keep you building trust among the people. As you go through the program, you will have opportunities to delve into culture like never before! Our training includes an initial orientation on how to thrive in your new environment (how to buy/clean food, take public transportation, give/receive hospitality, etc.), as well as continual coaching and encouragement on how to understand the new world you’ve entered into.
All that we do is through Him and for Him. Whether we’re headed to the market, a language class, or visiting a local, our desire is to exalt Jesus in all we do. During our SLICE program, we will walk alongside you and help you keep Him first. Not surprisingly, taking the focus off of Jesus is one of the main reasons missionaries experience burnout. When we look at the waves of difficulty that come at us on the field, just like Peter, we can sink quickly. GFM South Asia Staff will share different self-care strategies for a constantly changing mission field, and encourage you through our own experiences. GFM Staff and SLICE students will lift Him up together in prayer, worship, and day-to-day ministry in our incredible city. As it says in Ephesians 2, we desire to be fitted together, growing into a holy temple in the Lord, being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit—so that many will see and follow Him. He said if He was lifted up, He would draw all men to Himself.
Are you ready to exalt with us among the nations?!? We can help you take a SLICE out of the huge task of making disciples and planting churches in South Asia and set you on your way to becoming a healthy long lasting missionary in this context!