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From the Forefront

72 EpisodesProduced by Scott McClellandWebsite

From the Forefront, interviews with those on the front lines 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.

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February 22nd, 2024


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Saying Yes When Nothing is Guaranteed - FT4F0071

November 1st, 2022


Have you ever found yourself in a position to say, “Yes” to God without knowing the outcome?

That’s certainly happened to Hunter McNeel, and God has done some pretty amazing things. Listen to find out what God can do …

Has the American Church Become an Enterprise?

October 3rd, 2022


Has the American Church become an enterprise?

In this eye-opening episode, Scott Schalchlin and I explore the tension that exists between excellence for the sake of the Gospel and excellence for performance sake.

We …

Mobilizing the Church for Missions - FT4F0069

September 1st, 2022


Are you looking for a new perspective on missions?

Ryan Shaw, missionary to Thailand, Church mobilization leader, and author of the book, Rethinking Global Mobilization shares his insights on what mobilizing the church …

We Become Like the One We’re Closest To - FT4F0068

August 1st, 2022


We often model our lives after those closest to us, whether we realize it or not. This can have a huge impact on who we become, and that's why it's so important to spend the time to be close to God.

LIsten as Yvonne …

From Former Addict to Missionary - FT4F0067

July 1st, 2022


Jason Harris' life was out of control after years of abuse. He turned to drugs and believed death was his only way out. But God wasn't done.

God put …

It’s Time to Say Yes Again - A Continued Discussion with Larry Taylor - FT4F0066

June 1st, 2022


Does this describe you?

You're tired of all the bad news in the world. It's hard to keep up with everything that's happening, and it feels like things are only getting worse.

Listen to this conversation with Larry Taylor …

The Beauty of Being Wounded with Brian Morykon - FT4F0065

May 1st, 2022


Healing often comes through brokenness and yields impact where perfection never could. But that doesn't mean we go looking for pain, and we often …

From Recovery to Missions: Redeemed and Called by God (with Jason Harris) - FT4F0064

April 1st, 2022


Jason Harris knows all about hitting rock bottom. After years of struggling with childhood trauma and multiple forms of abuse, his life was …

Women in Leadership (with Dr. Nicole Davis) - FT4F0063

March 1st, 2022


Women are frequently held back a result of their gender, especially in the area of leadership.

Dr. Nicole Davis sheds light on how women are being …

God is Filling HIS Temples in the Land of Buddhist Temples (with Larry Taylor) - FT4F0062

February 1st, 2022


Do you believe that God's love and power can overcome local cultures? Do you believe He can establish His Kingdom, even in hard places?

Larry Taylor …

Finding Lost Sons and Daughters in War Torn Regions with Brad and Kim Campbell of Gather1 - FT4F0061

January 1st, 2022


War torn regions are some of the most extreme areas in the world.

Brad and Kim Campbell, founders of Gather1, share how they were called by God to …

A Vision for the People of Alaska with Zack and Sarah Loving of Loving Life Missions - FT4F0060

December 1st, 2021


The path we walk with Christ may not always seem clear. Listen as Zack and Sarah Loving share how God has walked with and guided them to discover some ways God might move in YOUR life.

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Reaching Climbers Through Coffee with Jan Waldron - FT4F0059

November 1st, 2021


Do all ministries have to LOOK like ministries?

With El Búho Café in Hidalgo, Nuevo León, we know that the answer is "no." Listen as Jan Waldron shares how this little coffee shop at the base of Potrero Chico is more …

From Depression to Purpose through Identity, Calling & Assignment with Susan Cooper Creel - FT4F0058

October 1st, 2021


It's so easy for us to get our identities intertwined with what we do, but God has more for us. Listen as Susan Cooper Creel shares how she was …

God is Bigger Than Any Catastrophe - FT4F0057

September 15th, 2021


In the World Trade Center, Guy and Vicky Yasika saw God’s faithfulness and goodness. Hear how He helped them in a variety of ways over the years, …

A God Encounter Reveals the Key to Spiritual Strength - FT4F0056

September 1st, 2021


Terance and AuDera Clark join us to talk about AuDera March 20 visitation from the Lord - an encounter with an angel, and what was revealed for her, as well as the rest of us.

A God Encounter Reveals the Key to …

Sharing God Stories on the Yukon River - FT4F0055

August 1st, 2021


We often hear about sending missionaries to foreign countries. And we hear about evangelism efforts in the cities. But what about remote villages in Alaska.

Listen as DJ and Robin Angaiak share how God began to prepare …

From The Deadliest Catch to Fishers of Men - the Story of DJ and Robin Angaiak - FT4F0054

July 1st, 2021


If you were to have met them years ago, DJ and Robin Angaiak wound not have been at the top of your list for missionaries. In fact, they were an unlikely couple in so many ways.

Neither had much, if any, relationship …

The Surprising Way God Protected Will and Etta Shehee in Uganda - FT4F0053

June 1st, 2021


Before leaving for Uganda, Will Shehee felt like he and his family had a word from God - that God would protect them. In some ways, that made him …

Are Conspiracy Theories Biblical? - FT4F0052

May 15th, 2021


Francesco Abortivi rejoins the podcast for this discussion with Scott about conspiracy theory, related to a featured article FXMissions Blog that Francesco authored.  Conspiracies can ruin your life, as the Bible is …

How God Showed His Faithfulness Through Culture Shock and Disaster in Uganda - FT4F0051

May 1st, 2021


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 …

Round One with Will Shehee of Send56 Missions - FT4F0050

April 1st, 2021


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 …

The Great Opportunity: Making Disciples of Jesus in Every Vocation - FT4F0049

March 15th, 2021


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 …

Land Border Crossing Into Syria - FT4F0048

March 3rd, 2021


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 …

Short Term Missions in War Torn Syria - FT4F0047

February 1st, 2021


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 …

Half Timing for Jesus - FT4F0046

January 1st, 2021


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 …

Kerry Olson - To The Nations - FT4F0045

December 1st, 2020


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 …

In Good Faith - Questioning Reason and Atheism - FT4F0044

November 15th, 2020


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 …

Full Circle for the Gospel - FT4F0043

November 1st, 2020


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 …

A Fork In The Road Book Review with Vidar Ligard - FT4F0042

October 15th, 2020


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 …

Millennials in Mexico for Jesus - FT4F0041

October 1st, 2020


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 …

Strong Female Lead - FT4F0040

September 1st, 2020


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 …

Tribal Work in Central Mexico - FT4F0039

August 1st, 2020


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 …

Ann Hinrichs Talks Missions - FT4F0038

July 7th, 2020


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 …

From Obscurity to Usefulness in God's Kingdom - FT4F0037

June 1st, 2020


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 …

Tanzania, East Africa - FT4F0036

May 1st, 2020


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? …

Women Who Gather - FT4F0035

April 1st, 2020


Elizabeth Braswell, a strong and influential friend, joins us from the mountains of North Carolina to talk women in leadership, Women Who Gather, …

Marcos Hernández with Ita Hernández (translating) English / Español - FT4F0034

March 1st, 2020


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 …

Medical Missions in Peru with Brittney Ryan - FT4F0033

February 1st, 2020


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 …

Exit Interview from Friend on Mission in South Africa - FT4F0032

January 1st, 2020


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 …

Pat’s Journey Into Christ - Part 2 - FT4F0031

December 1st, 2019


Caleb Lorensen, a close friend and coworker, and his friend and co-worker Pat join us and talk about how Pat met Jesus, returned to Thailand, and got busy making a difference. Fascinating, but totally relatable story, …

Take the Soulcon Challenge - FT4F0030

November 1st, 2019


John Clark, CEO of SoulCon, a men's ministry that is getting a good bit of traction in our times. He draws from his background in the Marine Corps, …

Powerful Stories and Unexpected Provision in Mexico - FT4F0029

October 1st, 2019


Felipe Simoes, a friend from Southern Brazil, and former student, joined FXMissions on a recent trip to Mexico. Here how his eyes were opened to new possibilities, and potentially an unexpected step in his …

Nearing the 18th Anniversary, a Special 9-11 Edition of From The Forefront - FT4F0028

September 1st, 2019


A story of faith from inside Tower One of the World Trade Center on 9-11-01. Guy Yasika joins us, tells us a little about where he is from, and his background.

Hear his harrowing first hand account of what it was …

Pat's Journey Into Christ - FT4F0027

August 1st, 2019


Caleb Lorensen, a close friend and coworker, and his friend and co-worker Pat join us and talk about how Pat met Jesus, returned to Thailand, and got busy making a difference. Fascinating, but totally relatable …

Jim Rueve's Life after being healed from cancer is different... - FT4F0026

July 1st, 2019


Jim Rueve joins us from the missions base where he is working full time, La Quemada, in the state of Guanajuato. Jim got healed from cancer, and …

Josh and Ivonne McNally of Living Hope International - FT4F0025

June 1st, 2019


On assignment in Central Mexico, we sit down with Josh and Ivonne McNally of Living Hope International at their home in Puebla, Mexico. They are a young couple serving in ministry and have been friends for a number of …

Darren and Susan Creel - FT4F0024

May 1st, 2019


Darren and Susan Creel, business owners, missionaries, and all around good folks were on the field with FXMissions in Central Mexico recently. Great …

Turning the Mics Around - FT4F0023

April 1st, 2019


Change is good, right? Getting a chance to join Terance Clark on his podcast - GTalk - was great. Join us as Scott gets the questions posed to him, on this edition of From The Forefront.

Terrance's Podcast:

Ernie Peacock and an Update from The International Church of Guadalajara Church Plant - FT4F0022

March 1st, 2019


Ernie Peacock, a long term missionary with experience in Latin America and Europe, gives us an update on the church being planted in Guadalajara, Mexico. After getting started with meetings a few months in to 2018, …

Marcus Rose, Journeys from Behind The Berlin Wall - FT4F021

February 1st, 2019


Marcus shares his missions story that begins growing up behind the Berlin Wall in East Germany. Making a good start in faith, then confusion, then the US, and finally to Thailand, where he heard the call back to his …

Cento per cento Italiano (100% Italian) - Round 2 - FT4F020

January 1st, 2019


How are missions and ministry different in other parts of the world? Francesco continues his detailed description of what it looks like in Italy, how it’s different and what is similar. Expand your perspective with a …

Long Term in Tanzania, East Africa, straight ahead! - FT4F019

December 1st, 2018


Mike and Stacy Collins (dubbed the Dynamic Duo) took some time to join the podcast as they are wrapping things up in their Texas home, making final …

Perspectives on the challenges for the Gospel in Italy, with Francesco Abortivi! - FT4F018

November 1st, 2018


We are joined by fellow believer and missionary, Francesco Abortivi, as he details to us the challenges, opportunities and threats to Christianity in Southern Europe, and specifically, his home country of Italy. …

Missions and Gender - FT4F017

October 1st, 2018


Is there a gender gap / disparity in missions?? Join the conversation with Samara and I as we contemplate the whys and wherefores. Enlightenment awaits!

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Jorge Flores Stops By Before Heading To Panama - FT4F016

September 15th, 2018


Jorge and his family are heading to Panama on mission, fairly soon. Join us as we talk about how we got to know each other earlier this decade, where he comes from, where he is headed, and why. Be inspired!


From the Persecuted Church to the Gospel to the End of the World - FT4F015

September 1st, 2018


Daniel Kort shares with us his unique family history with the persecuted Church and how the Lord has created opportunities with that to help get the Gospel to the end of the World.  Prepare to have your perspective …

From Christian Metal Band to Family Life, and a Calling to the Nations - FT4F014

August 1st, 2018


Join us as we hear from James Sharp and his story from the on ramp to Asia. We are all somewhere in our process. James’ story will encourage you.

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Angie, Sara and Amanda, from Leadership Intensive in Nicaragua - FT4F013

July 1st, 2018


Are you ready for a younger perspective on leadership? How about what the ladies think? You are in the right place. Rare treat here, we were joined by these young ladies for their input on the spectrum of leadership.

Be …

Initiative - FT4F012

June 1st, 2018


Gret Glyer, CEO of DonorSee, joins us to discuss how he got started in the non-profit arena, some of the things they have done, and the big …

On Location from Nicaragua, Leck Heflin - FT4F011

May 1st, 2018


Leck Heflin, founder of Pontis Nicaragua,, a friend of some years, sits down to tell us what Pontis is up to. They have an …

Sharon Benitez Returns From Uganda - FT4F010

April 1st, 2018


Cross cultural and intercultural work is difficult, but not impossible. Sharon, a young woman from Latin America, is learning that. Check out the …

Tony Finds His Way To Italy - FT4F009

March 1st, 2018


This wasn’t Tony’s first big step in the Lord, not even his 10th, but, he took it, and it was a big one. Find out how a pastor / bible school teacher …

A Viking Returns to Northern Europe - FT4F008

February 1st, 2018


Terry Hoggard has spent more than 32 years in ministry, most of it in Europe. From his calling in 1986, hear how he got started and what he’s up to …

Missions Story from Texas folk in Durban, South Africa - FT4F007

January 1st, 2018


Rodney and Trina Kirkpatrick, friends of ours who are in missions in South Africa for a decade now, tell us about how they got going with the Lord and in “mission dreams”, going from short-termers to long-term on the …

Worldview Reset with Scott Stripling - FT4F006

December 1st, 2017


Join us for a time with Scott that is sure to help you expand your worldview. An archaeologist (with a current dig in Israel!), minister of the …

Tony Hedrick, The Unlikely Convert Becomes Evangelist - FT4F005

November 2nd, 2017


What can take a man from the cultural revolution of Haight Asbury in the 60's to the European mission field? 4euroinformation …

Chris and Jessica Come Back From a Close Call! - FT4F004

October 1st, 2017


The Langenscheidt's are a family with deep roots in Central Mexico. Their story spans generations and is punctuated with close calls they have faced in their life in Christ. Here about one such call with Chris that …

Ernie Peacock's Scan on Leadership - FT4F003

September 1st, 2017


Our second sit in with Ernie Peacock yielded some great stuff on leadership from a guy who has been on the foreign field for more than 30 years.  …

A New Planting in Guadalajara - FT4F002

August 1st, 2017


Scott is joined by Ernie Peacock of Peacock Ministries ( to discuss a new church plant, Ernie's missions over the past 30 years, Mexico's unreached, and Ernie's efforts to assemble a team for the …

5 Years and a Five Thousand Miles Later

July 1st, 2017


Samara, a long time friend.... five years after finishing the World Race.  She is on the ground long term in Thailand, and we caught up with her for a sit down to see how it's going, how her perspective is different, …

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