A few weeks ago, my wife and I watched Dispatches from the Front: Islands on the Edge, the first in a series of DVDs from Frontline Missions. It was edifying, educational, powerful, and moving—well worth the 50 minutes we spent watching it. I highly recommend it. But consider yourself forewarned: it may start some discussions about quitting your job(s) and moving to a foreign country—or at least evaluating your praying for and giving to foreign missions.
Here’s the description of the series:
Believers everywhere desperately need a renewed vision of Christ and the unstoppable advance of His saving work in all the earth. Often our view of God’s Kingdom is too small and limited to what we have experienced. Dispatches from the Front provides a rare glimpse into this work, highlighting the marvelous extent, diversity, and unity of Christ’s Kingdom in our world. The journal format of each episode underscores the daily unfolding of God’s activity on the “frontlines,” bringing viewers up-close with sights and sounds from distant corners of the Kingdom.
A pioneer missionary once wrote, “Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of Hell.” Episode 1: Islands on the Edge takes you to parts of southeast Asia where there are no church buildings or chapel bells, yet the Gospel is advancing in the face of persecution, desperate poverty, and Asia’s secret slave trade. Here is an inside look at the radical rescue work of the Gospel on the frontier of human need.
Mark Hansen describes the goal of Dispatches from the Front this way:
The vision behind this series is to produce a media resource which helps pastors expose their congregations to the Gospel’s advance in some of the hardest places of our world today and to awaken the church to the glory of Christ and His agenda.
If the forthcoming episodes are anything like the first, this is sure to be a series you’ll want to have in your church and home libraries. Watch it with your church, your Sunday school class, your small group, your family, and you’ll be moved (Mt 9:36; 14:14; Mk 6:34).
You can purchase a copy for $15 online via PayPal or by calling 864-451-5550.
Here’s the trailer: