Mike Frisbey faithfully served as To Every Tribe’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for almost three years. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor late last year and passed away April 18, 2016. After serving as a bank vice president for many years, Mike intended to retire into full-time ministry serving as our CFO, but God had better plans for his life. More
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Editor’s note: Matt Wilkinson completed the missionary training at To Every Tribe’s Center for Pioneer Church Planting (CPCP) a number of years ago. Matt is now a trained paramedic and is working on getting into medical school to become a doctor. He leaves today for a three week trip to Iraq and Turkey leaving behind his wife, Leanne and their six children. Below is a prayer letter he sent out before leaving. Get more information at www.thirstyground.org.
Greetings in the name of our precious Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for your prayers and support. I leave for the trip to Iraq and Turkey today. I’ll be gone for almost three weeks. Our team’s goal is to show the love of Christ to those affected by the violence in this region. Yes, it’s likely dangerous, but the safest place to be is in the center of God’s will! I feel led by God to help our brethren there and to try to reach the lost. Besides, I cannot be in any more danger than I was for many years when I was on my way to hell! Christ has saved me and I know that “to live is Christ and to die is gain”! We’re going with much prayer and in the authority of Jesus Christ. We are to “do good to all, especially to those of the household of faith”. We must also “love our enemies” and “do good to them”. Maybe God would even save an I.S. member! More
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“The kingdom of heaven has been suffering violence, and the violent have been seizing it by force.” (Matthew 11:12) (HCSB)
2013. Momentum. Excitement. Heightened anticipation. Those are words describing the beginning of the year for To Every Tribe. To Every Tribe has momentum. Christ provided His mission with more than $490,000 in the purchase of 50 acres of buildings and land at Chachalaca Bend. There is much excitement about what God is going to do at Chachalaca Bend through missionaries who will be trained and sent to unreached people around the globe. Our anticipation of what Christ will do next through His people for his mission has been heightened by all the great things God has done for us in just the past year.
2012 – LOOKING BACK
To Every Tribe begins 2013 with hands held high in praise and hearts full of gratitude for Christ, his mission, and his work among his people! Here are our hand-picked top five things that God has been doing down in South Texas over the past year:
2. Construction Begins on first Missionary Home in Goroka, Papua New Guinea
3. First 4 missionaries graduate from the 2-year program of the Center for Pioneer Church Planting
4. Record enrollment of 26 in the Center for Pioneer Church Planting
5. God provided over $490,000 of $1.85M, and we closed on the property at Chachalaca Bend
2013 – LOOKING FORWARD
Grateful for what God has already done, we are asking Him to accomplish the following through To Every Tribe in 2013:
1. Seek to develop and identify 2 complete missionary teams for Papua New Guinea, and expand to a potential of 3 teams for Mexico
2. Send workers to PNG to finish the house project in Goroka, and develop a construction and funding plan for the next missionary house
3. Realign and establish To Every Tribe for the next stages of growth and development in mobilizing the church, training disciple-makers, and sending missionary teams
4. Pursue a partnership with new local churches to expand the reach of Ekballo prayer, sending missionaries, and generous giving to the mission of the gospel to unreached people groups
5. Ask God and his people to provide over $1.35 million needed to purchase the 50 acres of buildings and land at Chachalaca Bend so that To Every Tribe will be debt free by 2014
6. Implement a strategic master plan for future training and sending from Chachalaca Bend
David Sitton, President of To Every Tribe, began the 2013 Open House at Chachalaca Bend with this challenge from Matthew 11:12: “The kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.” (NIV) Christ, The Forceful Man who won the kingdom through His death and resurrection, is advancing his kingdom through “forceful” disciples willing to lay it all on the line for the gospel. Whether staying home in order to send or going as the sent, followers of Jesus have a responsibility to His mission of advancing the kingdom through a violent faith willing to do “whatever” for the gospel.
We are running headlong toward the challenges that lay before us in 2013 as Christ advances His kingdom through His people. Matthew 11:12 reminds us that Christ’s mission is a violent mission. 344 years ago, the Puritan preacher Thomas Watson noted, “The kingdom of heaven will not be taken without violence. The violent take it by force. The earth is inherited by the meek (Matthew 5:5.) Heaven is inherited by the violent. Our life is military. Christ is our Captain, the gospel is the banner, the graces are our spiritual artillery, and heaven is only taken in a forcible way…the right way to take heaven is by storm; or thus, none get into heaven but violent ones.”
The advance of Christ’s kingdom through To Every Tribe will not be without a violent faith, with war being waged against anything that would present itself in opposition to the gospel. This includes violence against the desire for all the baubles that this world has to offer. Paraphrasing Watson, Christ’s mission is military. But we do not wage physical weapons aimed at physical violence. We do not offer a sword of death and oppression. We offer Christ and his gracious provision in the gospel. Our sword is the Word of Christ proclaimed to the unreached, those who have no access to the good news of Jesus. This war is waged by sacrificial proclamation, sacrificial praying, sacrificial serving, sacrificial sending, and sacrificial going to those who have not heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are 3 billion unreached people on this planet. There are 3 billion reasons for a violent faith that takes heaven by storm.
OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE
We are eager to see what Christ will do through To Every Tribe in 2013. And there are many opportunities for you to participate with us in Christ’s mission.
1. First and foremost, you can pray that Christ will be honored and glorified through To Every Tribe in 2013, and that He will continue to use To Every Tribe to spread His name and His fame among those who have no access to the good news of Jesus.
2. Your help is needed in serving in many diverse areas of ministry.
3. Your gifts are needed to come alongside local churches in helping train and send more risk-taking followers of Jesus to some of the 3 billion people who will never hear the good news of Jesus unless we tell them. We still need $90,000 in order to have full ownership of the 50 acres of buildings and land at Chachalaca Bend. We need your help. Participate with us in propelling missionaries into the harvest from Chachalaca Bend by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/givenowTETM
God-given historic proportions. 2013 is going to be a year unlike any other at To Every Tribe. We look forward to partnering with you in the gospel for the advance of the gospel and Christ’s kingdom! Pray for us. Partner with us. The gospel continues its advance in 2013 and we are excited Christ has included us in His mission, a mission fueled by violent faith that sacrifices all to take the kingdom for the sake of Christ.
To Every Tribe recently concluded its annual Open House. This year’s “come kick the tires on our ministry” weekend was held at To Every Tribe’s new property at Chachalaca Bend near Los Fresnos.
30 guests from all over the country made their way to Chachalaca Bend in South Texas to hear the great things God is doing through To Every Tribe, and consider their role in the mission to many of the 3 billion who have no access to the gospel. Mississippi, New York, Montana, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, and yes, Texas, are home to those who came to Chachalaca Bend and left with the challenge to sacrifice as a goer or sender for Christ’s harvest.
While the Open House provided opportunity for To Every Tribe staff to lay out the history and mission of the mission agency, the highlight of the weekend was the participation of current missionary trainees in the Center for Pioneer Church Planting. The missionary interns spent the weekend with the guests serving up unvarnished insight into what it’s like to live out a violent faith in order to reach the unreached with the gospel (unreached = those who have no access to the gospel because there is not adequate resources and numbers to reach the group; see Ron Sanford’s presentation on unreached people groups from the Ekballo Conference in 2012). From “field trips” into Mexico for days at a time to life in very close-quartered community to raising mission support as missionaries sent from local churches, the CPCP interns didn’t hold back from sharing difficulty and challenge in their mission education and training. Taking the gospel to hard-to-get-to places around the world involves personal sacrifice and hard work. But all of the trainees shared their experiences with passion and joy about their preparation for mission to those who have not heard about Jesus because there is no one telling them about Jesus.
Guests heard from missionary trainees regarding the application process, field training and working together in teams, preparation for life in remote areas, and figuring out “the missionary call”.
Jeremy Sanders, CPCP intern, finished out the Open House by reminding To Every Tribe’s guests that great weekends such as the Open House can produce a “romantic” feeling about being a missionary martyr for Jesus. “We will probably be doing this the rest of our lives,” Sanders said, “but you really need to count the cost.” Sanders challenged the guests, “When you are at a conference with a lot of like minded people, it is really easy to get caught up in the excitement of mission, but the romanticism will quickly wear off and you will need a faith and commitment that can carry you through the hardships and loss you will experience in mission.”
Unvarnished insight. Sober excitement. Costly adventure. To Every Tribe’s mission to the unreached, especially in Oaxaca, Mexico and Papua New Guinea, is not something entered into lightly. Christ propels death-embracing missionaries into His harvest in order to gather to himself His people from among the unreached (those who have no access to the gospel) and unengaged (those to whom no one is strategically making an effort to reach). But His mission is not without cost. The missionary interns of the CPCP are forming teams and preparing to take the gospel into places most Americans would not go. And such a commitment involves the cost of family and the comforts of the American (and Canadian) lifestyle.
But time and again during the Open House, whether it was speaking to the group or sharing in conversation, missionary interns relayed their passion to go into the harvest because “Jesus is Worth It’. They’ve counted the cost, and they encouraged Open House guests from all over the United States to do the same.
David Sitton, president of To Every Tribe, began the Open House with the challenge from Matthew 11:12: “The kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.” Christ, The Forceful Man who won the kingdom through His death and resurrection, is advancing his kingdom through “forceful” disciples willing to lay it all on the line for the gospel. Whether staying home in order to send or going as the sent, followers of Jesus have a responsibility to His mission of advancing the kingdom through a violent faith willing to do “whatever” for the gospel.
Such was the unvarnished witness and testimony of current missionary trainees in the CPCP to those who set aside a week in January to come to South Texas and hear about the wonder of Jesus on mission through His people. There are 3 billion reasons to ponder your role in participating with us in Christ’s mission.
What kind of missionary does it take? This was David Sitton’s question to open To Every Tribe’s 2013 Open House. During a historic evening in which To Every Tribe held its first service at Chachalaca Bend, Sitton emphatically answered the question from Matthew 11:12: “the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.”
Sitton impressed on the guests, TET staff, missionaries, and CPCP interns “violent faith glorifies God and advances the gospel.” The call of the gospel is the call to embrace “living dead”. The gospel is not advanced through the kind of violence that uses bullets and bombs, but the violent faith or death of those who bear witness to Jesus Christ.
Open House attendees were challenged that the kind of missionaries being trained and sent by To Every Tribe is the kind of missionaries To Every Tribe is looking for to join them in mission: missionaries who have embraced violent faith. The gospel advances through the sacrificial going and sending of those who are participants in Christ’s mission.
The Open House marks the inaugural event at the property recently purchased at Chachalaca Bend. The opening service was held in the lodge of the “Inn at Chachalaca Bend”, a building that will be used as classroom space for the ever-expanding Center for Pioneer Church Planting. The 50 acres of buildings and undeveloped property will be used to propel hundreds of missionaries to many of the 3 billion people who have no access to the gospel.
Sacrifice. Leaving it all behind. Embracing death, if necessary. Violent faith, faith that is ready to put all of life on the line for the sake of the gospel. The gospel is being advanced by those who are taking the kingdom by storm, those who are being ekballoed (sent: Matthew 9:38) by Christ into His harvest. The Open House is providing potential goers and senders a glimpse into the death-embracing passion, mission, and vision of To Every Tribe.