Crossworld, originally called Unevangelized Fields Mission (UFM), began in 1931 by sending its first missionaries to the Congo and Brazil.
In 1955, when a chief witchdoctor named Elká from the Wai-Wai tribe in Brazil understood the gospel and chose to follow Jesus, the UFM missionaries watched God transform not just individual lives but entire villages in the name of Christ.
In 1982, UFM made national headlines on the cover of Time magazine when thousands of Dani people accepted Christ in a miraculous movement of God in Papua, Indonesia.
UFM changed its name to Crossworld in 2004 to reflect the goal of taking the message of the cross to the entire world. By 2010, we had placed nearly 350 international staff members around the globe. Churches planted by our missionaries are now involved in cross-cultural missions themselves: the Dani tribe sends people to other tribes in Papua, Haitians to Senegal, the Wai-Wai to the Yanomami, and Brazilians to Mozambique. Besides church planting, our workers are involved in education, medical care, sports, and more.
In 2011, Crossworld celebrated its 80th anniversary. In response to a rapidly changing world and with the conviction that there’s a better way to do missions, we recalibrated our direction and made four critical changes:
- from making converts who fill the church to making disciple-makers who will be the church
- from a proclamational approach to an incarnational one
- from an “anywhere” focus to a least-reached marketplace focus
- from sending only religious professionals to deploying disciple-makers from all professions
Today, Crossworld invites others to join them in the pursuit of “a better way” not only to do missions, but to do life as Jesus intended – life to the full.
Disciple-makers from all professions bringing God’s love to life in the world’s least-reached marketplaces.
Excerpt from A Better Way by Dale Losch, president of Crossworld.
I dream of a world where disciple-making is a reality and not just an ideal; where disciples make disciples who make disciples and unleash the explosive power of spiritual multiplication.
I dream of a world where all believers embrace their individual calls and all professions are employed in the cause to disciple the nations; where cross-cultural disciple-makers from secular professions outnumber vocational Christian workers 100 to 1.
I dream of a world where the church is defined as a group of fervent followers on mission to extend the Kingdom of God rather than as buildings, programs, and numbers of Christians.
I dream of a world where the good news of Jesus impacts not just a person’s eternity, but all of life here and now.
I dream of a world where every city on earth has a vibrant community of reproducing disciple-makers who will infuse all of society like yeast permeates dough.
And I dream of a world where to be a Christian is to be known as a lover of God, of people, and of life.
In short, I dream of disciple-makers from all professions bringing God’s love to life in the world’s least-reached marketplaces. That is the dream we at Crossworld are committed to pursuing with all our heart. That is the dream we long for others to embrace.
Honest, transparent and consistent behavior that promotes trust and credibility
Understand and deliver whatever is needed to connect with the current reality
Relentless commitment to intentional monitoring of progress toward achieving our dream