An American family has spent the last twenty-five years dedicated to spreading the Gospel to all parts of Southeast Asia. Larry and MC LeGrande and their five children work for and help PIONEERS, a missions agency founded in 1979. For many years “Pioneers has been one of the fastest growing mission organizations in North America.” “www.pioneers.org”. The LeGrandes, through the Pioneer organization, have been serving the people of Southeast Asia by training missionaries as well as working as missionaries in Southeast Asia. God’s call to the Pioneers missionary agency in Vietnam is to lead people to Jesus Christ.
In order to understand God’s call to missions, we must first explore the topic of missions. A missionary is a person who is called by God to spread the Gospel. I interviewed Larry LeGrande, a missionary with Pioneers, concerning the challenges of being a missionary. He shared with me that “leaving his home as well as his children to go to Southeast Asia is very difficult.” Larry also indicated that “leaving Southeast Asia to return home is also hard to do.” In addition to talking about the time away from his family he shared some of the benefits and blessings of being a missionary. He explained that “spending time with people that do not know about the Gospel/Christ and sharing his faith with them are what missions are all about.”
The purpose of the pioneers is “to glorify God among unreached people by initiating church-planting movements in partnership with local churches.” The pioneers agency was founded in 1979 by Ted and Peggy Fletcher. Today the Pioneers “have more than 2,500 international members serving on 248 teams in 95 countries among 180 unreached people groups.” The pioneers mission agency also “recruits, trains,and supports missionaries who serve in difficult environments around the world.” Pioneers currently “partners with over 2,000 churches to send more than 1,900 missionaries to the neediest areas around the world.” “ www.pioneers.org”.