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Author: Scott McClelland

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From the Forefront, interviews with those of the front of Christian missions and ministry. Learn about leadership, life lessons, and more with the monthly, long form podcast brought to you by the creators of the Leadership Moment Podcast, FXMissions.
51 Episodes
Have you ever found yourself in the face of fear or loss wondering if God is REALLY going to see you through it? It's at one of those times that Will and Etta Shehee learned a key truth about God's faithfulness - that it's EXACTLY when we want to question God that we most need to remind ourselves of God's faithfulness. That's when they learned that they could rest in God's goodness to see them through, no matter what the outcome. As you listen, you'll discover How being in Uganda for a few months still didn't prepare them for the shock of really moving their lives there. How simple cultural expectations caused MASSIVE confusion. How God prepared them for a very trying season using a pregnancy. How God turned a driver afraid for his life back around to help Will and Etta, and how his actions may have saved their lives. How God had just the right people in the right places at the right time. You're sure to be encouraged in our faith and challenged in your walk. I know I was. Links to Resources: Follow From the Forefront: Rate From the Forefront: About From the Forefront From the Forefront, interviews with those of the front of Christian missions and ministry. Learn about leadership, life lessons, and more with the monthly, long form podcast brought to you by the creators of the Leadership Moment Podcast, FXMissions.
How does one (or a couple?) go from getting saved on a Guatemalan mission trip to full time service in Uganda? It was an interesting route, and we get into it in with Will this first of several episodes, later joined by Etta for her side of the story. Join us!
Join FromTheForeFront Special Edition as we discuss Dave Buehring's new book.  merging term (and reality) in our times, and God has given him some revelation and application that will help us get up to speed! Get your copy for Kindle on Amazon now, and the book on on it's official release on Amazon March 30, 2021.  Find out more about Dave, his team, and their significant contribution in disciple making at  Find Dave's book, The Great Opportunity on Amazon.
Kyle Rice rejoins the podcast to talk in detail about his short term missions trip to Syria with Free Burma Rangers. Doubtless a war torn environment, how was Kyle impacted and what were his takeaways? Join us to hear it straight from Kyle. Links: FreeBurmaRangers Movie Trailer
Kyle Rice, our guest this month, normally leads a somewhat normal life in Anchorage, Alaska area. Family man, working in corrections, and a guy who loves the outdoors ( as many Alaskans do) would describe him pretty well. Why go to Syria on a short term mission, in the middle of all the unrest and destruction? Over these two sessions, Kyle explains why the normal guy accepted this challenge, and you might just be challenged, too! Check it out here on FXMissions FromtheForeFront. Links: FreeBurmaRangers Movie Trailer
Join us today as we talk missions with Zack Loving, joined by our friend in common, Billy Bohannon. Originally from remote Southeast Texas, Zack and his family are half timers. Maybe that word doesn't mean what you think it means? Half the year Zack and family are in Thailand and half in Alaska! Can you say "I'd rather you be hot or cold?" Not sure that Zack, a pilot, thought about that when agreeing to dedicate his life in Aviation missions. Find out about his work with Free Burma Rangers and more about him, too, on this edition of From The Forefront, an FXMissions Podcast. Find out more at Connect with Zack on Facebook at Don't fail to check out to find out more about the Free Burma Rangers Movie! It's highly recommneded.
Kerry has been involved in missions for more than 2/3s of his life. Though originally from the US, currently living and traveling from Mexico City to all the world. A trainer, discipler, and seriously excellent photographer, Kerry joins us to talk about his start in missions 30+ years ago, and more. You’ll be encouraged by his story and example. Here is the other link:
Join Scott McClelland of FXMissions and Scott Shay as we dig into his recent publication, In Good Faith. Scott demonstrates courage as he digs into overarching themes of culture and belief, and how they intersect. When is the last time you heard the word “idolatry” in the public forum? Scott courageously brings this subject to the forefront. Learn more about Scott Shay by watching his Google Talk (I tell you the man is brave!) or at his website from the links below. You can buy your copy of In Good Faith from the site! Google Talk here: Website here:
Join Timmy Ost and Scott McClelland as shares about what he is doing in Austin, TX, which seems to somehow be a “full circle” considering his family’s historic leadership and pioneering efforts for the Gospel in Mexico.  In the 1950s their pioneering efforts began with his grandfather, Daniel Ost. You’ll be challenged and inspired. Psst.. share this with someone you know who has missions on their mind. And thanks. Find out more and make contact at @capitalmvmt the web, Instagram and Facebook.
How do we go from the margins of life to the flow? Poverty is a challenge, an Immobilizer, and often a barrier to God’s call on our lives and promises He has made to us.  Vidar shares with us some nuggets of wisdom from his recently published book to help us navigate toward progress on this path, including how personal growth is key to ministry growth. Find the book and much more, and make contact with Vidar at
Tim and Cristi Vanderwerf are “Millennials on assignment” in Central Mexico. San Miguel de Allende is a city you want to know, and you can start here with us as we talk into their mission in the city. A fascinating young power couple of promise, they are making their way on the mission of Jesus. Hear their story. Be inspired. Pack your bags. In that order. #offtosanmigueldeallende Find out more or reach out at:
Did you ever see this description in movie descriptions? It could be rightly said of our guest this month, Shayna Rattler. She joined us recently for a Leadership Moment podcast and was gracious enough to join here too. Are you a burned-out leader? Are you at a crossroads in your leadership? Shayna can help. Listen now to find out how, and how she got to this point in her life! You'll be blessed by her courage and faith. Resources found at and a free resource at And DON'T FORGET to check out her new podcast here! -
Luis and Karla Hurtado sit down with us from location in Central Mexico to talk about the work among a native tribe in the Mexican State of San Luis Potosí, which is located in the center in Mexico. Luis, a Doctor by training, treats the members of the tribe medically, and has planted a church among them. A simple life in a very remote part of the world, the Hurtados work daily to see the gospel grow and take root in the hearts and lives of the Chityui tribe.
Ann Hinrichs, a friend from the ACCI team joins us to talk about short term missions, her calling, going full time in the missions effort, and perseverance. Also, she has written a book, Just One, which highlights the value of relationship in the context of short term missions. Join us and get a behind the scenes glance at where she has come from and where she is going. Find out more: Her Book - Just One: A True Story of Unlikely Friendship and Short-Term Missions by Services LLC Learn more:
Jeanne Hedrick (wife of Tony, a good friend!, and an incredible cook) joins us to talk growing up Christian, rural upbringing, and the journey from obscurity to usefulness in the Kingdom. A powerful visitation of God's grace in Canada brought them back from waywardness in their early 30s. The story of discipleship, church planting, pastoring, and the journey of the last 20+ years into missions is unfolded eloquently by Jeanne. Join her to be encouraged by her depth and faithfulness. Reach out to Jeanne at, and when you do, ask to have your email added to her monthly devotional. Rich stuff!
Mike and Stacy Collins join us from Tanzania as a follow up to FT4F Episode 19. What is it like to sell it all and go abroad for the gospel? Find out from those who have done it, not just those who are talking about it. If you haven't heard episode 19, this episode goes well as a duo! Check them both out! Email: Partner with Mike & Stacy Collins Long Term in Tanzania, East Africa, straight ahead! – FT4F019
Elizabeth Braswell, a strong and influential friend, joins us from the mountains of North Carolina to talk women in leadership, Women Who Gather, White Buck Farm, Kenya and the last ten years of all things Braswell. Find out more and connect with Elizabeth on or, on Facebook, at You will be glad you did.
We’ve been working with Marcos for a dozen years or so, but he’s been doing mission work most of his life, in then mountains of Southern Mexico. Join us as we dig into his story. Persecution, challenges, attacks for the sake of faith, and encounters with God! You’ll be encouraged and motivated. Contact for Marcos Email: WhatsApp: +521 (953) 134 09 93 Contact for Ita Email:
Have you been to Peru? Would you like to go? What about giving humanitarian aid, and medical care, to people who might not have a chance to get it otherwise? A friend and former student joins us to report on a "fairly recent" trip to the rural mountainous regions of Peru. Hear the call, my friends, from the far reaches of the world! Email Brittney at to find out more or get involved.
Round Two with Kirkpatricks, two years later, with some of their takeaways from the time in mission in South Africa. Find out what has been most meaningful while in Durban, South Africa and their varied work in the southern part of Africa. Also, we get a quick look at what is next. Listen in, and pray for these guys, as they are headed next to “hard ground”, where many missionaries have been sunk. And pray for their transition! Many thanks. Find out more about the Kirkpatrick’s work here: (psst… give them a like on FB!)
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