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‘The Last Frontier’ calls for pioneer missionaries

EDITORS’ NOTE: Following is a copy block to use with 4 (BP) photos posted in SBCNet’s BP Photos Library by the Richmond bureau of Baptist Press. Photos also are available by calling (804) 219-1369. This is the fourth of four copy blocks released during the past six weeks showing the need for overseas workers and the response of various world peoples to the gospel.

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–Mission strategists call it “The Last Frontier.” The 1.7 billion people living there are the most isolated, the hardest to reach, the most cut off from the Christian gospel.

Despite every blockade erected by hostile societies or governments stretching from North Africa to Southeast Asia, however, the message of Jesus Christ is penetrating The Last Frontier every day.

Southern Baptist missionaries now relate to more than 1,000 churches in the region. Last spring Christian believers began worshiping together amid one people group for the first time in centuries. In another tough area, the number of Christians, already considerable, doubled in 1996. In still another land, oppressed by a violent dictatorship, 200,000 New Testaments printed in the capital city supplied a rapidly growing evangelical movement.

Other strategic openings await Southern Baptists who will answer God’s call. The Foreign Mission Board is looking for new missionaries to target major unreached peoples in the Middle East and Asia. For more information, call 1-800-999-3113, ext. 1635.

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