1. What is AFM?
We are a church planting mission agency operated by Seventh-day Adventist laymen. Our goal is to recruit, train, and send you to pioneer new churches among groups of people who have not yet been reached with the everlasting gospel.
2. Isn't what AFM is doing already being done?
We work exclusively among groups of people where the Seventh-day Adventist church does not yet have an established congregation of believers. So, no, we are neither repeating nor competing with what is already being done. We are pioneering new mission work and only new work. to top
3. Is AFM starting new work where no other Christian agency is working or just where there are no Seventh-day Adventists?
Both. Some of our projects are among peoples previously untouched by any Christian agency. Others are among groups where other Christian agencies may be at work but no Seventh-day Adventist work has previously been established. to top
4. Aren't national workers better suited for this kind of work than expatriate missionaries and more economical besides?
This would appear to be a simple question, but the answer is more complex. The expenses involved in the support of national workers are usually less than for those who must come from afar. Working for any unreached people is cross-cultural ministry, no matter who does it. This is because, by definition, there is no church in an unreached people group and therefore, no indigenous workers. A national worker from elsewhere in the region may be better suited to cross the cultural barriers to the gospel, but not always. Sometimes the barriers of tribalism, racism, and prejudice that exist between neighboring groups are greater than the barriers of language and culture that exist between groups separated by half the globe. For example, a North American "Anglo" isn't better suited linguistically or culturally to reach Native North Americans Indians just because he or she is geographically in closer proximity than someone from another country. Indeed, a missionary from another country might be better suited to this task. Often the same holds true going the other direction as well. to top
5. What Is AFM's working relationship with the Seventh-day Adventist Church?
From the very beginning, AFM has openly stated its policy of working closely with the church at all levels of management. We greatly value the assistance and guidance provided by church leaders. And we appreciate the positive working relationships AFM has with leaders and fellow missionaries around the world.
Adventist Frontier Missions, Inc. is an independent ministry that supports the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist® Church; however, it is not part of, affiliated with, or supported by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists®, or any affiliates known as the Seventh-day Adventist® Church. Thus, any content or opinions expressed, implied or included in or with the services offered by Adventist Frontier Missions, Inc. are solely those of Adventist Frontier Missions, Inc. and not those of the Seventh-day Adventist® Church.to top
6. What is the source of AFM's funding and do you accept tithe funds?
We are entirely supported by the contributions of dedicated Christians and organizations who firmly believe in missions. We appreciate the spirit of sacrifice exhibited by our supporters and their desire to see God's work go forward among the unreached. We do not knowingly accept tithe funds. to top
7. Financial Accountability
Adventist Frontier Missions is thoroughly committed to providing faithful stewardship of the funds our concerned friends have entrusted to us for the planting of churches in unreached people groups. We are fully aware of the sacrifices made in the provision of gifts by our partners, and we faithfully commit that they are used wisely. For nearly 12 years, Adventist Frontier Missions has engaged in full financial accountability by having our records audited by an outside accounting firm. A financial report of this audit, listing income and expenses, is available from our office. to top