What Is Pioneering?

To go where others have not gone



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January 10, 2020


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The longings of a Pioneer

While the hope of the gospel has been spreading for thousands of years, millions of people have not yet had an opportunity to hear it. Determined to reach the ends of the earth with the Good News, we dedicate ourselves to the relentless pursuit of the unreached. For more than 40 years, in partnership with their local churches, Pioneers missionaries have been using innovative and creative means to bring the gospel to every corner of the globe.

Founded in 1979 by former businessman Ted Fletcher and his wife, Peggy, Pioneers partners with local churches to make disciples and initiate church-planting movements among unreached peoples—cultural and ethnic groups without a self-sustaining witness to the gospel in their own cultures. From business and education to healthcare, agriculture, the arts and more, 3,000-plus global members use their diverse gifts and experience to serve in needy communities. Whether in sprawling cities or rural villages, Pioneers teams make their homes in unreached contexts and learn new languages. They use innovative and creative means to build relationships and make disciples. They introduce people to the Bible and share the gospel in culturally understandable ways.

Each missionary is commissioned by a sending church. The sacrificial gifts of friends, family and churches provide financial support. This makes it possible for cross-cultural missionaries to work alongside local believers with a heart to see disciples making disciples worldwide.

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Take the next step

Available in audio, ebook or paperback, When God Comes Calling tells Ted and Peggy Fletcher’s story of leaving the security of Wall Street and founding Pioneers.

Read Personality of a Movement by Pioneers-USA President Steve Richardson.

See how Pioneers answers 21 questions about what it looks like to go with Pioneers.

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