A Brief History as told by our Founder Rev. Don Kyer (1936-2005)
“I first began working behind the “iron curtain” in January 1971, taking in Bibles and doing what I could to help pastors in the communist countries of eastern Europe”. Frontline is an independent Baptist organization which we established in 1973, with the help of Dr. Tom Wallace, Dr. Bill Fortner and others, to work with pastors and churches in these countries. During the years before the collapse of the communist economic system which brought about changes in the governments of these countries, our ministry was primarily a servant ministry to pastors and churches there. We provided financial support, equipment, training and encouragement to our brethren who were working under some very difficult circumstances”.
“Since the revolution in Romania, Frontline has built on the trust and confidence we established with Romanian pastors during the days of communism. In cooperation with these pastors, we have started 40-50 new churches in the villages and cities of that dark land. We have also established a Bible institute with over 70 students which is the source of the young preachers we need. In this way, we continue to train, encourage, and support national pastors in the establishing of local churches”.
“In some countries, the support of national pastors is not workable for many reasons. In eastern Europe, this is not the case. We have a strong group of men who love the Lord, are educated, have a burden for their own people, speak the language and know the customs and culture of the folk they work with. That is not to say that we don’t turn up a “bad apple” from time to time but, I can think of less than a half dozen in the 30+ years I’ve been working in these countries. We are very careful in our selection and close in our supervision which helps insure success. Our “drop out” rate is much lower than most conventional missions”.
“The cost of putting these men on the field after training is approximately $300 a month at this time compared to $3500.00 a month for an American missionary. While we strongly recommend the use of national pastors, it goes without saying that we have no argument with American missionaries whom God has called to do a work in these countries and we thank God for them”.
In 2013 the ministry of the Maranatha Baptist Bible College and Seminary in India was added to the ministry of Frontline Fellowship Inc. this College was started by long time friend Dr. PJ Mathai in 1974 training Nationals in Asia to reach their own people for Christ. Maranatha has over 100 resident students and has 100’s of graduates planting Churches and Evangelizing in the villages and towns of India, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh and other countries in Asia. We are grateful for the opportunity to broaden the horizons of ministry to reach the world for Christ.
If you have questions regarding Frontline or its ministry, please contact me or any of the men on our Executive Board or Board of Reference. Most of them have been to the field and have seen the ministry first hand. Many participate on a regular schedule of teaching in the Bible institute and preaching in the churches there.
Thanks for your consideration in this matter. God bless you.