Crossworld, originally Unevangelized Fields Mission (UFM), began in 1931 by sending its first missionaries to the Congo and Brazil.
When a chief witchdoctor named Elká in Brazil chose to follow Jesus in 1955, UFM workers watched God transform not just individual lives but entire villages in the name of Christ.
In 1964, Simba rebels killed 19 UFM workers in Congo. Since then, some of the rebels and thousands others have believed the good news about Jesus, and relatives of the martyrs have gone back to serve in Congo, acting on the forgiveness they share in Christ. Watch the video.
UFM made national headlines on the cover of Time magazine in 1982 when thousands of Dani people burned their fetishes and turned to Christ in a miraculous movement of God in Papua, Indonesia. Read the story.
We changed our name to Crossworld in 2004, and today, we have nearly 350 international staff members around the globe. God has so orchestrated world events that we speak the language the whole world wants to speak, we hold the key to economic development that the whole world wants to have, and we have the technological means to connect with people like never before in history. These are the most exciting days of opportunity we — and the world — have ever seen. Will you make history with us?
For most of the history of missions, we have sidelined 99% of believers from the Great Commission. We have said, “You can pray and you can give. But leave the full-time missionary task to religious professionals.”
Meanwhile, the world has changed. Most of the unreached live in countries where you can’t go as a vocational religious worker.
What will it take to bring God’s love to life there?
You may not be a pastor or a Bible teacher. But don’t count yourself out of the Great Commission. God can use you in exciting ways among the least-reached.
And if you are a vocational religious worker, we still need you! There are many places in the world where you are welcome. Your gifts and skills are a key part of making disciples cross-culturally. All professions includes you.